Press coverage about Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.0276677397793 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

WMB has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Scotiabank reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Thursday, April 27th. Wells Fargo & Company upgraded Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 8th. Sanford C. Bernstein initiated coverage on Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. They set an “outperform” rating for the company. Jefferies Group LLC set a $34.00 price objective on Williams Companies, Inc. (The) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 16th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 6th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $34.00.

Shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE WMB) opened at 30.63 on Thursday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $30.52 and a 200 day moving average price of $29.61. Williams Companies, Inc. has a 12-month low of $25.02 and a 12-month high of $32.69. The firm has a market capitalization of $25.31 billion, a PE ratio of 2042.00 and a beta of 1.38.

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The pipeline company reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.19 by $0.06. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) had a net margin of 6.24% and a return on equity of 3.43%. The company had revenue of $1.92 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.26 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.19 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Williams Companies, Inc. will post $1.05 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director Stephen W. Bergstrom bought 17,750 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 20th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $28.12 per share, with a total value of $499,130.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 17,750 shares in the company, valued at approximately $499,130. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.66, for a total transaction of $61,320.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 11,094 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $340,142.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders acquired 37,750 shares of company stock valued at $1,076,480 and sold 94,561 shares valued at $2,937,560. Company insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

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About Williams Companies, Inc. (The)

The Williams Companies, Inc is an energy infrastructure company. The Company is focused on connecting North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGL), and olefins. As of December 31, 2016, its interstate gas pipelines, midstream and olefins production interests were held through its investment in Williams Partners L.P.

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