Traders sold shares of Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) on strength during trading on Thursday. $62.79 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $87.97 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $25.18 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Williams Cos. had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Williams Cos. traded up $1.37 for the day and closed at $23.60

WMB has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Williams Cos. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 29th. Jefferies Group dropped their price objective on Williams Cos. from $36.00 to $30.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, March 22nd. BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage on Williams Cos. in a report on Tuesday, April 19th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $21.00 price objective for the company. Vetr upgraded Williams Cos. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.78 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, June 21st. Finally, Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on Williams Cos. in a report on Wednesday. They issued an “equal weight” rating for the company. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $30.94.

The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $21.74 and its 200 day moving average price is $19.02. The company’s market capitalization is $17.71 billion.

Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $0.03 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.19. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.16 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts forecast that Williams Cos. will post $0.74 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, June 27th. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 20th were given a dividend of $0.64 per share. This represents a $2.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 10.85%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 16th.

A number of large investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Tredje AP fonden increased its stake in shares of Williams Cos. by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. Tredje AP fonden now owns 44,070 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,133,000 after buying an additional 796 shares in the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. increased its stake in shares of Williams Cos. by 51.7% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 45,800 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,177,000 after buying an additional 15,602 shares in the last quarter. Wellington Shields Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Williams Cos. by 65.0% in the fourth quarter. Wellington Shields Capital Management LLC now owns 46,990 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,208,000 after buying an additional 18,516 shares in the last quarter. Andra AP fonden increased its stake in shares of Williams Cos. by 71.1% in the fourth quarter. Andra AP fonden now owns 63,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,627,000 after buying an additional 26,300 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Advantus Capital Management Inc increased its stake in shares of Williams Cos. by 2.3% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 65,625 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,687,000 after buying an additional 1,506 shares in 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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