Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) has been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the fifteen research firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $33.80.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 target price on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Wolfe Research assumed coverage on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Monday, September 25th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $34.00 target price on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th.

In other Williams Companies, Inc. (The) news, Director Stephen I. Chazen acquired 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 21st. The stock was purchased at an average price of $28.93 per share, for a total transaction of $144,650.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 10,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $289,300. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 1,500 shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.75, for a total transaction of $43,125.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 9,594 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $275,827.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 283,501 shares of company stock worth $8,590,124 over the last three months. Insiders own 0.53% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Catawba Capital Management VA grew its holdings in shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 0.6% in the second quarter. Catawba Capital Management VA now owns 7,035 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $213,000 after purchasing an additional 45 shares in the last quarter. Johnson Financial Group LLC grew its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 0.6% during the 2nd quarter. Johnson Financial Group LLC now owns 7,068 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $214,000 after acquiring an additional 45 shares in the last quarter. Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 0.7% during the 2nd quarter. Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC now owns 8,506 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $258,000 after acquiring an additional 58 shares in the last quarter. Financial Architects Inc grew its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 1.6% during the 2nd quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 6,754 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $204,000 after acquiring an additional 109 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Wsfs Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 1.1% during the 2nd quarter. Wsfs Capital Management LLC now owns 12,664 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $383,000 after acquiring an additional 133 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.69% of the company’s stock.

Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE WMB) traded down $0.05 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $28.62. 5,920,000 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,450,000. The company has a current ratio of 0.97, a quick ratio of 0.91 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38. The stock has a market capitalization of $23,660.00, a P/E ratio of 48.10, a P/E/G ratio of 3.03 and a beta of 1.38. Williams Companies, Inc. has a 12-month low of $27.65 and a 12-month high of $32.69.

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.15 earnings per share 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, Inc. (The) had a return on equity of 3.23% and a net margin of 5.90%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.20 earnings per share. analysts expect that Williams Companies, Inc. will post 0.72 earnings per share for the current year.

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Williams Companies, Inc. (The) 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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