Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) shares were up 2.6% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $24.11 and last traded at $24.05, with a volume of 6,870,414 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $23.44.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on WMB shares. Vetr lowered shares of Williams Cos. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $22.19 price target on the stock. in a research note on Monday, May 23rd. TheStreet raised shares of Williams Cos. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 17th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Williams Cos. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 29th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $25.00 price target on shares of Williams Cos. in a research note on Wednesday, July 13th. Finally, Jefferies Group cut their price target on shares of Williams Cos. from $36.00 to $30.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 22nd. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Williams Cos. has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $30.36.

The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $21.91 and a 200 day moving average price of $18.92. The stock’s market cap is $18.44 billion.

Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings data 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 in the prior year, the business earned $0.16 EPS. Analysts anticipate that Williams Cos. will post $0.73 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, June 27th. Investors of record on Monday, June 20th were issued a $0.64 dividend. This represents a $2.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 10.42%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 16th.

Other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp boosted its position in shares of Williams Cos. by 26.1% in the fourth quarter. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp now owns 228,600 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,875,000 after buying an additional 47,300 shares in 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 worth $87,216,000 after buying an additional 277,928 shares in the last quarter. Cibc World Markets Corp purchased a new position in shares of Williams Cos. during the fourth quarter worth about $25,836,000. 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 worth $1,129,112,000 after buying an additional 1,133,739 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. boosted its position in shares of Williams Cos. by 6.2% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 94,442 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,427,000 after buying an additional 5,511 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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