Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) – Analysts at US Capital Advisors increased their Q4 2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Williams Companies in a report issued on Thursday. US Capital Advisors analyst B. Followill now expects that the pipeline company will post earnings per share of $0.16 for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.14. US Capital Advisors also issued estimates for Williams Companies’ Q1 2018 earnings at $0.16 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $0.15 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.86 EPS.

Several other research firms also recently weighed in on WMB. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Williams Companies in a research report on Thursday. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $36.00 target price on the stock. Wolfe Research assumed coverage on Williams Companies in a research report on Monday, September 25th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $34.00 price objective on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Finally, Morgan Stanley cut their target price on Williams Companies from $34.00 to $33.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Four equities research 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. Williams Companies has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $34.08.

Williams Companies (NYSE WMB) opened at $32.55 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $26,455.89, a P/E ratio of 57.11, a PEG ratio of 2.85 and a beta of 1.37. Williams Companies has a 1 year low of $26.82 and a 1 year high of $32.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38, a current ratio of 0.97 and a quick ratio of 0.91.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.19 by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $1.89 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.79 billion. Williams Companies had a net margin of 5.90% and a return on equity of 3.23%. The business’s revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.20 EPS.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC raised its stake in Williams Companies by 0.7% during the 2nd quarter. Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC now owns 8,506 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $258,000 after acquiring an additional 58 shares during the last quarter. Wsfs Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Williams Companies by 1.1% during the 2nd quarter. Wsfs Capital Management LLC now owns 12,664 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $383,000 after acquiring an additional 133 shares during the last quarter. HPM Partners LLC increased its position in Williams Companies by 3.8% during the 2nd quarter. HPM Partners LLC now owns 12,222 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $2,342,000 after purchasing an additional 446 shares during the period. Nordea Investment Management AB increased its position in Williams Companies by 1.5% during the 2nd quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 40,300 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $1,220,000 after purchasing an additional 584 shares during the period. Finally, Aspen Investment Management Inc increased its position in Williams Companies by 4.7% during the 2nd quarter. Aspen Investment Management Inc now owns 14,743 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $446,000 after purchasing an additional 660 shares during the period. 84.75% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other Williams Companies news, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 1,500 shares of Williams Companies stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.75, for a total transaction of $43,125.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 9,594 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $275,827.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Alan S. Armstrong purchased 6,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $27.23 per share, with a total value of $163,380.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief executive officer now directly owns 345,527 shares in the company, valued at $9,408,700.21. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 0.53% of the company’s stock.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Investors of record on Friday, December 8th were paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 7th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.69%. Williams Companies’s payout ratio is 210.53%.

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About Williams Companies

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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