Media stories about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.9048338324195 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
Williams Companies (WMB) traded down $0.24 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $29.05. The stock had a trading volume of 5,973,525 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,431,872. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38, a current ratio of 0.97 and a quick ratio of 0.91. Williams Companies has a 1-year low of $26.82 and a 1-year high of $32.69. The firm has a market capitalization of $24,020.00, a P/E ratio of 49.64, a P/E/G ratio of 3.13 and a beta of 1.37.
Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.19 by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $1.89 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.79 billion. Williams Companies had a return on equity of 3.23% and a net margin of 5.90%. The company’s revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.20 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Williams Companies will post 0.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be given a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.13%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 7th. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 210.53%.
Several brokerages have recently weighed in on WMB. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on shares of Williams Companies from $34.00 to $33.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price target on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Wolfe Research initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Monday, September 25th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $34.00 price target on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Williams Companies from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $33.83.
In related news, insider Robyn L. Ewing sold 9,913 shares of Williams Companies stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.99, for a total transaction of $297,290.87. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 27,090 shares in the company, valued at approximately $812,429.10. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Donald R. Chappel sold 272,088 shares of Williams Companies stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.32, for a total value of $8,249,708.16. Following the sale, the insider now owns 60,032 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,820,170.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 283,501 shares of company stock valued at $8,590,124. Company insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.
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Williams Companies Company Profile
The Williams Companies, Inc is an energy infrastructure company. The Company is focused on connecting North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGL), and olefins. As of December 31, 2016, its interstate gas pipelines, midstream and olefins production interests were held through its investment in Williams Partners L.P.
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