Media headlines about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have trended positive on Friday, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research group, a unit of Accern, rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a daily sentiment score of 0.31 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 50 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ)

Shares of Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) traded up 1.14% during trading on Friday, reaching $38.31. 2,028,603 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. Williams Partners has a 52 week low of $31.90 and a 52 week high of $42.32. The firm has a market capitalization of $36.60 billion, a PE ratio of 38.46 and a beta of 1.45. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $39.93 and its 200 day moving average price is $39.56.

Several research analysts have issued reports on WPZ shares. BMO Capital Markets set a $47.00 price objective on shares of Williams Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 22nd. Credit Suisse Group raised shares of Williams Partners from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $45.00 to $47.00 in a report on Friday, May 12th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $43.00 target price on shares of Williams Partners in a report on Friday, March 24th. Citigroup Inc. raised shares of Williams Partners from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $41.00 to $46.00 in a report on Friday, April 7th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of Williams Partners from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 30th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $42.79.

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Williams Partners Company Profile

Williams Partners L.P. is an energy infrastructure company. The Company has operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing, and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene, and other olefins. It operates through its Northeast G&P, Atlantic-Gulf, West, and Natural gas liquid (NGL) & Petchem Services segments.

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