Wall Street analysts predict that Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) will post earnings of $0.19 per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have provided estimates for Williams Companies’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.26 and the lowest is $0.14. Williams Companies reported earnings of $0.15 per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 26.7%. The firm is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 7th.

On average, analysts expect that Williams Companies will report full-year earnings of $0.79 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.66 to $0.94. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of $0.93 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.47 to $1.11. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of research analysts that cover Williams Companies.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.17 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.01). Williams Companies had a net margin of 24.19% and a return on equity of 3.82%. The business had revenue of $2.09 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.13 earnings per share.

WMB has been the subject of several research reports. US Capital Advisors lowered shares of Williams Companies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $31.00 price target for the company. in a report on Friday, August 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Bank of America reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Tuesday, August 21st. Morgan Stanley set a $35.00 price target on shares of Williams Companies and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, August 16th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co decreased their price target on shares of Williams Companies from $35.00 to $34.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, September 13th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $33.47.

In other Williams Companies news, SVP Frank J. Ferazzi sold 1,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.31, for a total transaction of $34,441.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 15,037 shares in the company, valued at approximately $470,808.47. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 20,267 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.00, for a total transaction of $648,544.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 9,955 shares in the company, valued at $318,560. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Bray Capital Advisors raised its holdings in shares of Williams Companies by 100.0% in the 2nd quarter. Bray Capital Advisors now owns 4,000 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $108,000 after purchasing an additional 2,000 shares in the last quarter. Arrow Financial Corp bought a new stake in shares of Williams Companies in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $113,000. Centaurus Financial Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Williams Companies in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $127,000. JJJ Advisors Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Williams Companies in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $144,000. Finally, Botty Investors LLC raised its holdings in shares of Williams Companies by 218.7% in the 1st quarter. Botty Investors LLC now owns 5,409 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $134,000 after purchasing an additional 3,712 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 86.51% of the company’s stock.

NYSE WMB opened at $27.88 on Friday. Williams Companies has a one year low of $24.00 and a one year high of $33.67. The company has a quick ratio of 0.71, a current ratio of 0.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38. The stock has a market capitalization of $23.08 billion, a PE ratio of 44.25, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.73 and a beta of 1.51.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 24th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.88%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 6th. Williams Companies’s payout ratio is 215.87%.

About Williams Companies

The Williams Companies, Inc operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. It owns and operates natural gas pipeline system extending from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Gulf of Mexico through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to the New York City metropolitan area.

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