Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB)’s share price was down 1.5% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $20.63 and last traded at $20.68, with a volume of 4,692,415 shares. The stock had previously closed at $20.99.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on WMB. Vetr downgraded Williams Cos. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $22.19 target price on the stock. in a research report on Monday, May 23rd. TheStreet upgraded Williams Cos. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 17th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Williams Cos. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 29th. Jefferies Group decreased their target price on Williams Cos. from $36.00 to $30.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, March 22nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets began coverage on Williams Cos. in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $21.00 target price on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $31.53.

The firm’s market capitalization is $15.56 billion. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $21.67 and a 200-day moving average of $18.94.

Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $0.03 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.19. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.16 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Williams Cos. will post $0.74 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, June 27th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 20th were given a dividend of $0.64 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 16th. This represents a $2.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 12.35%.

Several institutional investors recently modified their holdings of WMB. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Williams Cos. by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 43,934,329 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,129,112,000 after buying an additional 1,133,739 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley boosted its position in shares of Williams Cos. by 9.1% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 25,803,064 shares of the company’s stock valued at $663,140,000 after buying an additional 2,161,465 shares during the last quarter. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Williams Cos. by 8.9% in the fourth quarter. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. now owns 3,393,625 shares of the company’s stock valued at $87,216,000 after buying an additional 277,928 shares during the last quarter. P Schoenfeld Asset Management LP boosted its position in shares of Williams Cos. by 180.2% in the fourth quarter. P Schoenfeld Asset Management LP now owns 1,950,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $50,115,000 after buying an additional 1,254,178 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D boosted its position in shares of Williams Cos. by 32.6% in the fourth quarter. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D now owns 1,465,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $37,651,000 after buying an additional 360,000 shares during the last quarter.

The Williams Companies, Inc is an energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids and olefins. The Company’s segments include Williams Partners, Williams NGL & Petchem Services, and Other. Its Williams Partners segment consists of its consolidated partnership in Williams Partners L.P., including gas pipeline, which consists of interstate natural gas pipelines and pipeline joint project investments, and midstream business, which provides natural gas gathering, treating, processing and compression services.

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