Media coverage about Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) has been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. 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, Inc. (The) earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.6467821775812 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
- The Williams Companies, Inc. (WMB) in Intentions Seekers on Financial Ratio Analysis- Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) – Investing News Update (investingbizz.com)
- Williams Partners Executes Agreements with Southwestern Energy to Expand Gas Gathering, Processing and Liquids Handling Services in the Northeast (finance.yahoo.com)
- Harris Williams & Co. And Inc. Surveyed Business Leaders – This Is What They Had To Say. (Graphic: Business Wire) (thestreet.com)
- Stocks Swing on Declaration: The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB), Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE:LNG) – Investing News Update (investingbizz.com)
- 3 Transco Growth Catalysts For Williams – Seeking Alpha (seekingalpha.com)
Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The pipeline company reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by ($0.06). The company had revenue of $1.92 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.26 billion. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) had a net margin of 6.24% and a return on equity of 3.43%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.19 earnings per share.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 25th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th were issued a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 7th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.98%. Williams Companies, Inc. (The)’s dividend payout ratio is currently 196.72%.
A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on WMB shares. Barclays PLC raised shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their target price for the company from $33.00 to $36.00 in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. BidaskClub cut shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Scotiabank set a $30.00 price target on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, July 22nd. Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, July 24th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $34.00.
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In other Williams Companies, Inc. (The) news, insider Donald R. Chappel sold 272,088 shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.32, for a total value of $8,249,708.16. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 60,032 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,820,170.24. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Robyn L. Ewing sold 9,913 shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.99, for a total transaction of $297,290.87. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 27,090 shares in the company, valued at $812,429.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 284,001 shares of company stock worth $8,608,319. 0.53% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
About Williams Companies, Inc. (The)
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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