Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB)’s share price traded up 4.5% on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $24.38 and last traded at $23.54, with a volume of 21,804,097 shares. The stock had previously closed at $22.53.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. Citigroup Inc. lowered their price objective on shares of Williams Cos. from $55.00 to $26.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday. Raymond James Financial Inc. cut shares of Williams Cos. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and lowered their price target for the company from $24.44 to $20.57 in a report on Friday, May 6th. Vetr cut shares of Williams Cos. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $22.19 price target on the stock. in a report on Monday, May 30th. Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on shares of Williams Cos. in a report on Wednesday, July 13th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $24.00 price target on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 price target (down from $30.00) on shares of Williams Cos. in a report on Wednesday, June 8th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Williams Cos. has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $30.10.

The company’s market cap is $17.98 billion. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $22.25 and a 200 day moving average price of $19.19.

Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) last released its earnings results on Monday, August 1st. The company reported $0.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.03. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.15 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Williams Cos. will post $0.82 EPS for the current year.

A number of institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in WMB. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. boosted its position in 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. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Williams Cos. by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 77,058 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,980,000 after buying an additional 1,144 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in Williams Cos. by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 943,766 shares of the company’s stock valued at $24,255,000 after buying an additional 17,606 shares during the last quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK boosted its position in Williams Cos. by 8.9% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 282,861 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,260,000 after buying an additional 23,088 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. boosted its position in 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 valued at $2,427,000 after buying an additional 5,511 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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