Headlines about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) have trended positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a news impact score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 47.5152242380446 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Williams Companies (NYSE WMB) opened at $32.53 on Monday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.91, a current ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38. The firm has a market cap of $26,894.07, a P/E ratio of 57.07, a P/E/G ratio of 2.73 and a beta of 1.37. Williams Companies has a twelve month low of $26.82 and a twelve month high of $33.67.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by ($0.04). Williams Companies had a net margin of 5.90% and a return on equity of 3.23%. The business had revenue of $1.89 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.79 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.20 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Williams Companies will post 0.64 EPS for the current fiscal year.

WMB has been the subject of several recent research reports. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 target price on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Monday, October 16th. Morgan Stanley dropped their target price on shares of Williams Companies from $34.00 to $33.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $36.00 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Finally, Bank of America assumed coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, ten 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 $34.36.

In other news, CEO Alan S. Armstrong acquired 6,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was bought at an average price of $27.23 per share, for a total transaction of $163,380.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 345,527 shares in the company, valued at $9,408,700.21. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider James E. Scheel sold 26,915 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 11th. The stock was 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. Insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

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Williams Companies Company Profile

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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