Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) – US Capital Advisors boosted their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for Williams Companies in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, October 17th. US Capital Advisors analyst J. Carreker now expects that the pipeline company will earn $0.20 per share for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.18. US Capital Advisors currently has a “Overweight” rating on the stock. US Capital Advisors also issued estimates for Williams Companies’ Q4 2018 earnings at $0.23 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $0.91 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $0.85 EPS.

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 analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $2.09 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2 billion. Williams Companies had a return on equity of 3.82% and a net margin of 24.19%. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.13 EPS.

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Stifel Nicolaus assumed coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $35.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, July 23rd. Morgan Stanley set a $35.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, July 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group assumed coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Thursday, October 11th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $35.00 price objective for the company. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $32.87.

NYSE:WMB opened at $26.74 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.79, a quick ratio of 0.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38. The company has a market capitalization of $22.26 billion, a P/E ratio of 42.46, a P/E/G ratio of 4.60 and a beta of 1.53. Williams Companies has a 12 month low of $24.00 and a 12 month high of $33.67.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Williams Companies by 6.7% during the 2nd quarter. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. now owns 28,648 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $777,000 after purchasing an additional 1,790 shares in the last quarter. Arrow Financial Corp grew its position in shares of Williams Companies by 45.0% during the 3rd quarter. Arrow Financial Corp now owns 6,071 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $165,000 after purchasing an additional 1,884 shares in the last quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. grew its position in shares of Williams Companies by 9.3% during the 2nd quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. now owns 23,454 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $642,000 after purchasing an additional 1,988 shares in the last quarter. Bray Capital Advisors grew its position in shares of Williams Companies by 100.0% during the 2nd quarter. Bray Capital Advisors now owns 4,000 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $108,000 after purchasing an additional 2,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Parkwood LLC grew its position in shares of Williams Companies by 11.3% during the 2nd quarter. Parkwood LLC now owns 20,417 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $554,000 after purchasing an additional 2,078 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.72% of the company’s stock.

In related news, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 20,267 shares of Williams Companies stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.00, for a total value of $648,544.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 9,955 shares in the company, valued at approximately $318,560. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Frank J. Ferazzi sold 1,100 shares of Williams Companies stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.31, for a total transaction of $34,441.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 15,037 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $470,808.47. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.53% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 24th. Investors of record on Friday, September 7th were paid a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 6th. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.09%. Williams Companies’s dividend 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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