Investors sold shares of Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) on strength during trading hours 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

Several analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Williams Cos. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 29th. TheStreet raised shares of Williams Cos. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 17th. BMO Capital Markets assumed coverage on shares of Williams Cos. in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $21.00 price target for the company. Sanford C. Bernstein assumed coverage on shares of Williams Cos. in a research report on Wednesday, May 11th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $25.00 price target for the company. Finally, Vetr downgraded shares of Williams Cos. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $20.78 price target for the company. in a research report on Monday, May 9th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Williams Cos. presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $30.36.

The stock’s market cap is $17.59 billion. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $21.82 and its 200 day moving average price is $19.01.

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

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, June 27th. Investors of record on Monday, June 20th were paid a $0.64 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 16th. This represents a $2.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 10.92%.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of WMB. Tredje AP fonden boosted 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 during the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. boosted 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 during the last quarter. Wellington Shields Capital Management LLC boosted 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 during the last quarter. Andra AP fonden boosted 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 during the last quarter. Finally, Advantus Capital Management Inc boosted 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 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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