News headlines about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) have been trending positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a media sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 47.5764335707193 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) traded up $0.02 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $32.75. The stock had a trading volume of 4,157,776 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,827,157. Williams Companies has a twelve month low of $26.82 and a twelve month high of $32.87. The stock has a market capitalization of $27,080.00, a PE ratio of 57.46, a P/E/G ratio of 2.83 and a beta of 1.36. 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 (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by ($0.04). Williams Companies had a net margin of 5.90% and a return on equity of 3.23%. The firm had revenue of $1.89 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.79 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.20 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Williams Companies will post 0.64 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th were given a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.66%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 7th. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 210.53%.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the company. Bank of America assumed coverage on Williams Companies in a report on Tuesday. They issued a “buy” rating for the company. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Williams Companies in a report on Thursday, January 4th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $36.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday. Wolfe Research began coverage on Williams Companies in a research report on Monday, September 25th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $34.00 price target for the company. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $36.00 price target on shares of Williams Companies in a research report on Monday, October 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Williams Companies presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $34.08.

In related news, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 1,500 shares of Williams Companies stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.75, for a total transaction of $43,125.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 9,594 shares in the company, valued at approximately $275,827.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Alan S. Armstrong acquired 6,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were bought at an average price of $27.23 per share, with a total value of $163,380.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 345,527 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,408,700.21. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

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Williams Companies 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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