Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Accern Reports

Media stories about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.0115372179163 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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WMB stock traded down $0.08 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $24.37. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,200,686 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,235,369. The stock has a market cap of $20,294.34, a PE ratio of 38.81 and a beta of 1.39. Williams Companies has a 52 week low of $24.11 and a 52 week high of $33.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 0.78 and a current ratio of 0.82.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The pipeline company reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20. Williams Companies had a net margin of 27.07% and a return on equity of 3.38%. The company had revenue of $2.23 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.16 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted ($0.02) earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Williams Companies will post 0.8 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 9th were paid a $0.34 dividend. This is a positive change from Williams Companies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.58%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 8th. Williams Companies’s payout ratio is presently 215.87%.

WMB has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, January 6th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 price target on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price target on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Friday, January 12th. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $36.00 target price for the company. Finally, Barclays cut shares of Williams Companies from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and reduced their target price for the company from $36.00 to $35.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $34.69.

In other Williams Companies news, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.28, for a total value of $56,560.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 17,945 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $507,484.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider James E. Scheel sold 26,915 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.00, for a total transaction of $888,195.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 32,915 shares of company stock worth $1,057,995 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

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Williams Companies Company Profile

The Williams Companies, Inc operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. It owns and operates natural gas pipeline system extending from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Gulf of Mexico through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to the New York City metropolitan area.

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