Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) Stock Price

News articles about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have trended positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a news impact score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 45.9402327847235 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) traded down $0.18 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $43.01. 1,420,716 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,434,760. Williams Partners has a one year low of $34.74 and a one year high of $43.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a current ratio of 1.06. The company has a market cap of $41,880.00, a P/E ratio of 30.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.89 and a beta of 1.45.

Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.27 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.39 by ($0.12). Williams Partners had a net margin of 17.02% and a return on equity of 5.55%. research analysts forecast that Williams Partners will post 1.7 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on WPZ shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of Williams Partners from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 price target on shares of Williams Partners in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $45.00 price target on shares of Williams Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Wells Fargo & Co decreased their price objective on shares of Williams Partners from $49.00 to $45.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $47.00 price objective on shares of Williams Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $45.67.

In other Williams Partners news, insider John D. Seldenrust sold 6,770 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.76, for a total value of $262,405.20. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Alan S. Armstrong bought 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $35.00 per share, with a total value of $175,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

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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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