Williams Partners (WPZ) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.913232481106 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

NYSE:WPZ opened at $34.43 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $33,601.49, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.62 and a beta of 1.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a quick ratio of 0.83 and a current ratio of 0.87. Williams Partners has a twelve month low of $32.74 and a twelve month high of $44.06.

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 the Zacks’ consensus estimate 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 analysts’ expectations of $2.16 billion. research analysts expect that Williams Partners will post 1.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on WPZ shares. Stifel Nicolaus set a $45.00 target price on Williams Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 target price on shares of Williams Partners in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. US Capital Advisors upgraded Williams Partners from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Credit Suisse Group assumed coverage on Williams Partners in a report on Thursday, January 4th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $48.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $47.00 target price on shares of Williams Partners in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $45.77.

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About Williams Partners

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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