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Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) Director Murray D. Smith purchased 2,500 shares of Williams Companies stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 1st. The stock was purchased at an average price of $55.90 per share, for a total transaction of $139,750.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 8,867 shares in the company, valued at approximately $495,665. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Credit Suisse upgraded shares of Williams Companies from a “focus list” rating to a “focus list” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 8th. Separately, analysts at Howard Weil raised their price target on shares of Williams Companies from $43.00 to $68.00 in a research note on Tuesday, July 1st. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Goldman Sachs raised their price target on shares of Williams Companies to $63.00 in a research note on Wednesday, June 25th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $62.60.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) traded down 2.40% on Tuesday, hitting $54.82. 3,636,604 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Williams Companies has a 52 week low of $33.98 and a 52 week high of $59.68. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $57.80 and its 200-day moving average is $46.35. The company has a market cap of $40.968 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 105.19. Williams Companies also was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Monday. Investors bought 9,844 put options on the company. This represents an increase of 336% compared to the typical volume of 2,258 put options.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 30th. The company reported $0.23 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.01. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.21 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Williams Companies will post $1.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The Williams Companies, Inc (NYSE:WMB), is an energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and olefins.

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