News articles about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 45.7914244156236 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Williams Partners (WPZ) traded down 0.47% during trading on Friday, reaching $38.06. The company had a trading volume of 318,916 shares. The company has a 50 day moving average of $39.73 and a 200-day moving average of $40.01. Williams Partners has a 52-week low of $32.93 and a 52-week high of $42.32. The firm has a market capitalization of $36.38 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.89 and a beta of 1.43.

Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The pipeline company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $1.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.13 billion. Williams Partners had a return on equity of 5.90% and a net margin of 17.82%. Equities analysts expect that Williams Partners will post $0.76 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 11th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 4th were issued a dividend of $0.60 per share. This represents a $2.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.31%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 2nd. Williams Partners’s payout ratio is presently 143.71%.

WPZ has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Credit Suisse Group raised Williams Partners from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $45.00 to $47.00 in a report on Friday, May 12th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 target price on shares of Williams Partners in a report on Friday, July 21st. BidaskClub raised Williams Partners from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Williams Partners from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $47.00 target price on Williams Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $44.77.

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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 segment.

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