UMB Bank N A MO trimmed its holdings in shares of Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) by 10.7% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 45,408 shares of the pipeline company’s stock after selling 5,417 shares during the period. UMB Bank N A MO’s holdings in Williams Companies were worth $642,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Raymond James & Associates raised its position in shares of Williams Companies by 9.2% during the 4th quarter. Raymond James & Associates now owns 3,659,747 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $86,809,000 after acquiring an additional 309,580 shares in the last quarter. Centre Asset Management LLC lifted its stake in Williams Companies by 78.3% during the first quarter. Centre Asset Management LLC now owns 541,350 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $7,660,000 after purchasing an additional 237,740 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. lifted its stake in Williams Companies by 0.9% during the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 1,756,384 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $24,853,000 after purchasing an additional 15,914 shares during the last quarter. Arden Trust Co lifted its stake in Williams Companies by 245.8% during the first quarter. Arden Trust Co now owns 33,236 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $471,000 after purchasing an additional 23,626 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Macquarie Group Ltd. lifted its stake in Williams Companies by 71.2% during the fourth quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 9,105,939 shares of the pipeline company’s stock worth $215,993,000 after purchasing an additional 3,788,263 shares during the last quarter. 85.06% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Stifel Nicolaus decreased their target price on Williams Companies from $30.00 to $25.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, March 17th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Williams Companies from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $19.00 to $23.00 in a research note on Monday, April 20th. Barclays upgraded Williams Companies from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $16.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, March 24th. Mizuho boosted their price objective on Williams Companies from $20.00 to $23.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 26th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Credit Suisse Group cut Williams Companies from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $20.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, May 12th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $24.53.

Shares of Williams Companies stock traded down $0.59 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $18.51. 1,026,092 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 10,828,298. Williams Companies Inc has a 1 year low of $8.41 and a 1 year high of $29.06. The company has a current ratio of 0.74, a quick ratio of 0.69 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.44. The business has a 50-day moving average of $19.61 and a 200-day moving average of $19.66. The stock has a market capitalization of $22.76 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 154.83, a P/E/G ratio of 3.88 and a beta of 1.76.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 4th. The pipeline company reported $0.26 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.26. Williams Companies had a return on equity of 7.58% and a net margin of 1.89%. The firm had revenue of $1.91 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.12 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.22 earnings per share. Williams Companies’s quarterly revenue was down 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Williams Companies Inc will post 0.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 29th. Investors of record on Friday, June 12th will be issued a dividend of $0.40 per share. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.64%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 11th. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio is presently 161.62%.

Williams Companies Profile

The Williams Companies, Inc operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company's Northeast G&P segment engages in the natural gas gathering, compression, and processing business, as well as natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation business in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio.

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