News stories about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a coverage optimism score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.1632186786979 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several research firms have recently weighed in on WPZ. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 price objective on shares of Williams Partners in a research note on Monday, October 16th. US Capital Advisors upgraded shares of Williams Partners from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of Williams Partners in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $48.00 price objective on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and set a $47.00 price objective on shares of Williams Partners in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Barclays lowered shares of Williams Partners from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and lowered their price objective for the stock from $47.00 to $45.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $45.90.

Williams Partners (NYSE WPZ) opened at $38.51 on Friday. Williams Partners has a 52 week low of $34.74 and a 52 week high of $44.06. The company has a market cap of $37,350.00, a PE ratio of 27.51, a P/E/G ratio of 2.57 and a beta of 1.43. The company has a quick ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 9th. Investors of record on Friday, February 2nd were paid a $0.60 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 1st. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.23%. Williams Partners’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 171.43%.

In related news, CEO Alan S. Armstrong purchased 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $35.00 per share, for a total transaction of $175,000.00. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider John D. Seldenrust sold 6,770 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.76, for a total transaction of $262,405.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

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About Williams Partners

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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