Samson Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) during the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm acquired 132,415 shares of the pipeline company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,600,000. Williams Companies comprises about 4.0% of Samson Capital Management LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 12th biggest holding.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Marshall Wace LLP grew its stake in shares of Williams Companies by 764.2% during the second quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 166,746 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $4,520,000 after buying an additional 147,452 shares during the last quarter. Botty Investors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Williams Companies by 104.6% during the third quarter. Botty Investors LLC now owns 58,831 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $1,600,000 after purchasing an additional 30,077 shares during the period. Tredje AP fonden boosted its holdings in shares of Williams Companies by 97.9% during the second quarter. Tredje AP fonden now owns 307,565 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $8,338,000 after purchasing an additional 152,119 shares during the period. Linscomb & Williams Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Williams Companies during the second quarter worth about $3,708,000. Finally, Capital Investment Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Williams Companies by 32.1% during the third quarter. Capital Investment Advisors LLC now owns 67,341 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $1,831,000 after purchasing an additional 16,381 shares during the period. 89.15% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of WMB opened at $24.94 on Tuesday. 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 Inc has a one year low of $23.54 and a one year high of $33.67. The stock has a market capitalization of $30.66 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.59, a P/E/G ratio of 5.06 and a beta of 1.57.

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

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 31st. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 14th will be issued a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 13th. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.45%. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 215.87%.

In related news, insider Chad J. Zamarin acquired 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on 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 acquisition, the insider now directly owns 28,970 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $744,239.30. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, SVP Terrance Lane Wilson acquired 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 2nd. The stock was bought at an average price of $25.75 per share, with a total value of $25,750.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the senior vice president now directly owns 17,844 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $459,483. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders acquired 38,500 shares of company stock valued at $993,625 over the last 90 days. 0.50% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

WMB has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Tuesday, August 21st. US Capital Advisors reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Tuesday, July 17th. UBS Group increased their target price on shares of Williams Companies from $36.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 10th. Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. They set a “buy” rating and a $35.00 target price for the company. Finally, Seaport Global Securities initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a report on Friday, October 19th. They set a “buy” rating and a $31.00 target price for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $33.07.

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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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