Commerce Bank increased its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) by 29.9% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 18,156 shares of the pipeline company’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,183 shares during the period. Commerce Bank’s holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) were worth $545,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. FMR LLC grew its holdings in shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 1.8% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 75,368,938 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $2,282,171,000 after acquiring an additional 1,347,813 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 9.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 64,872,653 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $1,964,347,000 after purchasing an additional 5,850,607 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 4.4% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 64,062,726 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $1,939,819,000 after purchasing an additional 2,671,905 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp lifted its stake in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 0.4% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 42,452,276 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $1,285,450,000 after purchasing an additional 162,568 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its stake in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 19.5% in the second quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 12,100,909 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $366,414,000 after purchasing an additional 1,975,398 shares during the last quarter. 82.04% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) traded up $0.25 on Tuesday, reaching $27.57. The company had a trading volume of 586,252 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,438,602. The company has a market capitalization of $22,590.00, a PE ratio of 46.20, a PEG ratio of 2.91 and a beta of 1.38. The company has a current ratio of 0.97, a quick ratio of 0.91 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38. Williams Companies, Inc. has a 1-year low of $26.82 and a 1-year high of $32.69.

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.19 by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $1.89 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.79 billion. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) had a net margin of 5.90% and a return on equity of 3.23%. The firm’s revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.20 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Williams Companies, Inc. will post 0.72 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Investors of record on Friday, December 8th will be paid a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 7th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.35%. Williams Companies, Inc. (The)’s dividend payout ratio is presently 210.53%.

Several equities analysts recently commented on WMB shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 24th. BidaskClub upgraded Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their target price on Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from $34.00 to $36.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Finally, Wolfe Research assumed coverage on Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research report on Monday, September 25th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $34.00 target price on the stock. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $33.83.

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In related news, insider Donald R. Chappel sold 272,088 shares of the stock in a transaction on 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 transaction, the insider now owns 60,032 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,820,170.24. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Robyn L. Ewing sold 9,913 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.99, for a total value of $297,290.87. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 27,090 shares in the company, valued at approximately $812,429.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 283,501 shares of company stock worth $8,590,124. 0.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) 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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB)

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