Press coverage about Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Companies earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the pipeline company an impact score of 47.0533488184592 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on WMB. Barclays cut shares of Williams Companies from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from $36.00 to $35.00 in a research note on Wednesday. Wolfe Research began coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Monday, September 25th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $34.00 price objective for the company. Bank of America began coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. They set a “buy” rating for the company. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price objective on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Monday, October 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $34.42.

Shares of Williams Companies (NYSE WMB) traded down $0.24 during trading on Thursday, reaching $32.28. 4,130,000 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,450,000. The company has a current ratio of 0.97, a quick ratio of 0.91 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38. Williams Companies has a 12-month low of $26.82 and a 12-month high of $33.43. The stock has a market cap of $26,690.00, a PE ratio of 56.63, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.84 and a beta of 1.36.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The pipeline company reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by ($0.04). Williams Companies had a return on equity of 3.23% and a net margin of 5.90%. The business had revenue of $1.89 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.79 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.20 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Williams Companies will post 0.64 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 26th. Investors of record on Friday, December 8th were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 7th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.72%. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 210.53%.

In other Williams Companies news, CEO Alan S. Armstrong purchased 6,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $27.23 per share, with a total value of $163,380.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 345,527 shares in the company, valued at $9,408,700.21. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 1,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.75, for a total transaction of $43,125.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 9,594 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $275,827.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.53% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Williams Companies

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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