Media stories about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 47.3308086484857 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Stock to Track: Williams Partners LP (WPZ) – MostVolatileStocks (press release) (mostvolatilestocks.com)
- Williams Partners LP (WPZ) stock reveals return of -4.75% for the previous five trading days – Analyst Recommendation (press release) (blog) (analystrecommendation.com)
- Williams Partners LP (WPZ) Stock in Noticeable on Changes in Volatility And volume Figures – Investing News Update (investingbizz.com)
- Williams Partners LP. (NYSE:WPZ): Will The Growth Last? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Williams Partners LP (WPZ) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” from Brokerages (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of brokerages recently issued reports on WPZ. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Williams Partners from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, February 19th. Barclays lowered shares of Williams Partners from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $47.00 to $45.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of Williams Partners from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $34.74 to $44.06 in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of Williams Partners in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $48.00 price objective for the company. Finally, US Capital Advisors upgraded shares of Williams Partners from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $46.26.
Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The pipeline company reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.44 by ($0.05). Williams Partners had a return on equity of 6.43% and a net margin of 10.87%. The company had revenue of $2.22 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.16 billion. research analysts anticipate that Williams Partners will post 1.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.
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Williams Partners Company Profile
Williams Partners L.P. is an energy infrastructure company. The Company has operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing, and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene, and other olefins. It operates through its Northeast G&P, Atlantic-Gulf, West segment.
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