Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) by 39.5% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 5,431,684 shares of the pipeline company’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,536,898 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC owned 0.66% of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) worth $164,471,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Massey Quick & Co. LLC acquired a new position in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in the first quarter valued at approximately $121,000. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. lifted its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 78.6% in the second quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 4,537 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $137,000 after acquiring an additional 1,997 shares during the last quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 27.0% in the first quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 4,700 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $139,000 after acquiring an additional 1,000 shares during the last quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 124.1% in the first quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 4,646 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $143,000 after acquiring an additional 2,573 shares during the last quarter. Finally, CWM LLC lifted its holdings in Williams Companies, Inc. (The) by 300.7% in the second quarter. CWM LLC now owns 4,893 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $148,000 after acquiring an additional 3,672 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.65% of the company’s stock.

In other Williams Companies, Inc. (The) news, Director Stephen I. Chazen bought 5,000 shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 21st. The shares were acquired at an average price of $28.93 per share, for a total transaction of $144,650.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 10,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $289,300. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, VP Ted T. Timmermans sold 2,000 shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.66, for a total transaction of $61,320.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 11,094 shares in the company, valued at approximately $340,142.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have purchased a total of 37,750 shares of company stock worth $1,072,780 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 0.50% of the company’s stock.

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Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE WMB) traded up 0.347% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $30.355. The stock had a trading volume of 1,232,272 shares. Williams Companies, Inc. has a one year low of $27.35 and a one year high of $32.69. The company has a market cap of $25.09 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 47.879 and a beta of 1.39. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $30.30 and a 200-day moving average price of $29.84.

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The pipeline company reported $0.13 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.19 by ($0.06). The business had revenue of $1.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.26 billion. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) had a net margin of 6.24% and a return on equity of 3.43%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.19 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Williams Companies, Inc. will post $0.85 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 25th. Investors of record on Friday, September 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 7th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.97%. Williams Companies, Inc. (The)’s payout ratio is 196.72%.

A number of research firms recently commented on WMB. BidaskClub cut Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Royal Bank Of Canada upped their price target on Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from $34.00 to $36.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Zacks Investment Research cut Williams Companies, Inc. (The) from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $32.00 price target on Williams Companies, Inc. (The) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 15th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $34.00.

About Williams Companies, Inc. (The)

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE:WMB)

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