Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) – Research analysts at US Capital Advisors lifted their Q4 2016 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Williams Cos. in a report released on Friday. US Capital Advisors analyst B. Followill now forecasts that the firm will earn $0.21 per share for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.20. US Capital Advisors also issued estimates for Williams Cos.’s Q1 2017 earnings at $0.21 EPS, Q3 2017 earnings at $0.20 EPS, Q4 2017 earnings at $0.22 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $0.83 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $0.97 EPS.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on the company. Argus boosted their target price on Williams Cos. from $31.00 to $37.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, August 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Williams Cos. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $33.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, October 17th. Stephens initiated coverage on Williams Cos. in a research report on Thursday, September 29th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $32.00 target price for the company. Raymond James Financial Inc. upgraded Williams Cos. from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 3rd. Finally, Jefferies Group boosted their target price on Williams Cos. from $27.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 25th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Williams Cos. has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $30.40.

Earnings History and Estimates for Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB)

Shares of Williams Cos. (NYSE:WMB) opened at 30.52 on Monday. Williams Cos. has a 52 week low of $10.22 and a 52 week high of $37.59. The stock’s market capitalization is $22.92 billion. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $29.82 and a 200 day moving average price of $25.96.

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

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in WMB. Quadrant Capital Group LLC raised its stake in Williams Cos. 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 Williams Cos. 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 Williams Cos. 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 Williams Cos. 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 Williams Cos. 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 86.46% of the company’s stock.

In other news, insider Rory Lee Miller sold 40,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.40, for a total transaction of $1,176,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 109,780 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,227,532. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Stephen I. Chazen acquired 5,000 shares of Williams Cos. stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 2nd. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $28.23 per share, with a total value of $141,150.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 5,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $141,150. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 0.53% of the company’s stock.

About Williams Cos.

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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