Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC bought a new position in Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm bought 29,714 shares of the pipeline company’s stock, valued at approximately $853,000.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of the business. Vanguard Group Inc raised its holdings in Williams Companies by 47.6% in the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 93,159,173 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $2,532,998,000 after purchasing an additional 30,031,200 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Williams Companies by 7.7% during the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 15,722,127 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $346,152,000 after acquiring an additional 1,124,517 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp raised its holdings in shares of Williams Companies by 2.7% during the fourth quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 14,573,059 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $321,336,000 after acquiring an additional 379,613 shares during the period. Chickasaw Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Williams Companies by 1.4% during the first quarter. Chickasaw Capital Management LLC now owns 13,607,626 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $390,811,000 after acquiring an additional 184,192 shares during the period. Finally, Norges Bank acquired a new stake in shares of Williams Companies during the fourth quarter worth $257,472,000. Institutional investors own 88.09% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Evercore ISI assumed coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Tuesday, February 5th. They set an “outperform” rating on the stock. Mizuho set a $32.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 19th. Finally, Bank of America set a $30.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 14th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $32.33.

In other Williams Companies news, Director Stephen I. Chazen bought 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 20th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $27.33 per share, with a total value of $273,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 45,730 shares in the company, valued at $1,249,800.90. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $26.06, for a total transaction of $130,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 18,666 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $486,435.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.26% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Shares of NYSE:WMB opened at $26.87 on Tuesday. Williams Companies Inc has a 12 month low of $20.36 and a 12 month high of $32.22. The company has a current ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32. The firm has a market cap of $31.97 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.01, a P/E/G ratio of 4.27 and a beta of 1.62.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.22 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.24 by ($0.02). Williams Companies had a positive return on equity of 5.56% and a negative net margin of 1.29%. The company had revenue of $2.05 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.30 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.19 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was down 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. Research analysts predict that Williams Companies Inc will post 0.95 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 24th. Investors of record on Friday, June 7th will be given a $0.38 dividend. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.66%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 6th. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 192.41%.

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About Williams Companies

The Williams Companies, Inc operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company's Northeast G&P segment engages in the natural gas gathering, compression, and processing business, as well as natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation business in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio.

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