Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) – Jefferies Group issued their Q4 2016 earnings per share estimates for Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a report released on Tuesday. Jefferies Group analyst C. Sighinolfi expects that the firm will post earnings of $0.19 per share for the quarter. Jefferies Group currently has a “Hold” rating and a $32.00 price target on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Williams Companies, Inc. (The)’s FY2017 earnings at $0.89 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $1.27 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $1.43 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.48 EPS.

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 31st. The company reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.04. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) had a negative net margin of 15.19% and a positive return on equity of 2.16%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.22 earnings per share.

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Earnings History and Estimates for Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB)

Several other equities analysts also recently weighed in on WMB. Royal Bank Of Canada initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Monday, September 26th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $39.00 target price for the company. RBC Capital Markets initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Monday, September 26th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $39.00 target price for the company. Stephens initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Thursday, September 29th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $32.00 target price for the company. Argus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $36.00 target price (up previously from $31.00) on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Wednesday, October 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $33.00 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, October 17th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $29.09.

Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) opened at 28.56 on Thursday. The firm’s market capitalization is $21.44 billion. Williams Companies, Inc. has a 52-week low of $10.22 and a 52-week high of $32.69. The company’s 50-day moving average is $30.50 and its 200-day moving average is $28.30.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in WMB. Quadrant Capital Group LLC raised its stake in shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 10.8% in the third quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 3,557 shares of the company’s stock valued at $101,000 after buying an additional 346 shares during the last quarter. Huntington National Bank raised its stake in shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 18.0% in the third quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 3,410 shares of the company’s stock valued at $105,000 after buying an additional 521 shares during the last quarter. Whittier Trust Co. raised its stake in shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 207.3% in the second quarter. Whittier Trust Co. now owns 4,916 shares of the company’s stock valued at $106,000 after buying an additional 3,316 shares during the last quarter. Hallmark Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 2.5% in the third quarter. Hallmark Capital Management Inc. now owns 4,075 shares of the company’s stock valued at $125,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC raised its stake in shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 67.4% in the third quarter. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC now owns 6,185 shares of the company’s stock valued at $190,000 after buying an additional 2,491 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 84.79% of the company’s stock.

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In related news, Director Stephen I. Chazen bought 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 2nd. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $28.23 per share, for a total transaction of $141,150.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $141,150. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Rory Lee Miller sold 40,000 shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.40, for a total transaction of $1,176,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 109,780 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,227,532. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.53% of the company’s stock.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 9th were given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, December 7th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.80%. Williams Companies, Inc. (The)’s payout ratio is presently -53.69%.

About Williams Companies, Inc. (The)

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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