Williams Companies (WMB) Earns News Impact Score of 0.17

News stories about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.2266457074736 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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Several equities research analysts recently commented on WMB shares. UBS reissued a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price objective (down previously from $37.00) on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Bank of America started coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, US Capital Advisors raised shares of Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $34.58.

Shares of NYSE WMB remained flat at $$24.38 during midday trading on Monday. 9,834,417 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 7,625,432. The company has a market capitalization of $20,170.24, a P/E ratio of 38.70 and a beta of 1.39. Williams Companies has a 52-week low of $24.00 and a 52-week high of $33.67. The company has a current ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 0.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The pipeline company reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.20. The firm had revenue of $2.23 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.16 billion. Williams Companies had a net margin of 27.07% and a return on equity of 3.38%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.02) earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that Williams Companies will post 0.8 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 9th were paid a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.58%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 8th. This is an increase from Williams Companies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio is currently 215.87%.

In other news, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.28, for a total transaction of $56,560.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 17,945 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $507,484.60. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider James E. Scheel sold 26,915 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on 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. In the last quarter, insiders sold 32,915 shares of company stock worth $1,057,995. Insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

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About Williams Companies

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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