E&G Advisors LP decreased its position in Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) by 4.8% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 19,704 shares of the pipeline company’s stock after selling 1,000 shares during the period. E&G Advisors LP’s holdings in Williams Companies were worth $434,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of WMB. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Williams Companies by 57.4% in the 3rd quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. now owns 169,411 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $4,607,000 after acquiring an additional 61,772 shares during the period. State Treasurer State of Michigan lifted its stake in shares of Williams Companies by 47.0% in the 3rd quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 360,386 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $9,799,000 after acquiring an additional 115,300 shares during the period. Neuberger Berman Group LLC lifted its stake in shares of Williams Companies by 3.7% in the 3rd quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 6,493,691 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $176,563,000 after acquiring an additional 234,071 shares during the period. Hallmark Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Williams Companies in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $381,000. Finally, Swiss National Bank lifted its stake in shares of Williams Companies by 41.2% in the 3rd quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 3,861,641 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $104,998,000 after acquiring an additional 1,126,400 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.13% of the company’s stock.

In other Williams Companies news, SVP Terrance Lane Wilson purchased 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 2nd. The shares were bought at an average price of $25.75 per share, for a total transaction of $25,750.00. Following the purchase, the senior vice president now directly owns 17,844 shares in the company, valued at approximately $459,483. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Michael A. Creel purchased 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 2nd. The shares were acquired at an average price of $25.77 per share, for a total transaction of $644,250.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 20,907 shares in the company, valued at $538,773.39. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have bought 38,500 shares of company stock worth $993,625. 0.50% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on WMB. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Monday, October 8th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $26.00 price target for the company. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Thursday, October 11th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $35.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 27th. US Capital Advisors raised shares of Williams Companies from a “hold” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 17th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities initiated coverage on shares of Williams Companies in a research note on Friday, October 19th. They set a “buy” rating and a $31.00 target price for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $32.38.

Williams Companies stock traded up $0.14 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $26.00. The company had a trading volume of 324,303 shares, compared to its average volume of 10,609,753. The firm has a market cap of $30.81 billion, a PE ratio of 41.28, a P/E/G ratio of 4.10 and a beta of 1.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27, a quick ratio of 0.66 and a current ratio of 0.72. Williams Companies Inc has a fifty-two week low of $20.36 and a fifty-two week high of $33.67.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 31st. The pipeline company reported $0.24 earnings per share for the quarter, beating 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 firm had revenue of $2.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.16 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.04 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that Williams Companies Inc will post 0.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 31st. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 14th were paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 13th. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.23%. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 215.87%.

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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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