Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the eighteen analysts that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and fourteen have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $32.71.

WMB has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Bank of America restated a “buy” rating on shares of Williams Companies in a research report on Tuesday, August 21st. UBS Group raised their price target on Williams Companies from $36.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 10th. Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on Williams Companies in a research report on Tuesday, August 7th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $35.00 price target for the company. Seaport Global Securities initiated coverage on Williams Companies in a research report on Friday, October 19th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $31.00 price target for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research restated a “buy” rating and issued a $29.00 price target on shares of Williams Companies in a research report on Saturday.

Shares of WMB opened at $25.13 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $30.42 billion, a P/E ratio of 39.89, a P/E/G ratio of 5.02 and a beta of 1.57. Williams Companies has a 52-week low of $23.54 and a 52-week high of $33.67. The company has a quick ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 31st. The pipeline company reported $0.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $2.30 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.16 billion. Williams Companies had a return on equity of 4.44% and a net margin of 24.15%. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.04 earnings per share. On average, sell-side analysts anticipate that Williams Companies will post 0.77 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 31st. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 14th will be given a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 13th. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.41%. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 215.87%.

In other Williams Companies news, insider Chad J. Zamarin bought 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 6th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $25.69 per share, for a total transaction of $64,225.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 28,970 shares in the company, valued at $744,239.30. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, SVP Terrance Lane Wilson bought 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 2nd. The shares were acquired at an average price of $25.75 per share, with a total value of $25,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 17,844 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $459,483. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have bought 38,500 shares of company stock valued at $993,625. Corporate insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in WMB. State of Alaska Department of Revenue lifted its position in shares of Williams Companies by 19.9% during the second quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 112,072 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $3,037,000 after purchasing an additional 18,630 shares during the last quarter. Gateway Investment Advisers LLC purchased a new position in shares of Williams Companies during the second quarter valued at $989,000. Bank of Montreal Can purchased a new position in shares of Williams Companies during the second quarter valued at $37,063,000. Capital One National Association purchased a new position in shares of Williams Companies during the second quarter valued at $219,000. Finally, Fox Run Management L.L.C. purchased a new position in shares of Williams Companies during the second quarter valued at $257,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 74.34% of the company’s stock.

Williams Companies Company Profile

The Williams Companies, Inc operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. It owns and operates natural gas pipeline system extending from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Gulf of Mexico through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to the New York City metropolitan area.

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