In today’s session Williams Companies Inc (WMB) registered an unusually high (154) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the October, 2016 call, expecting serious WMB increase. With 154 contracts traded and 10464 open interest for the Oct, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: WMB161021C00030500 closed last at: $0.99 or 20.8% down. About 1.55M shares traded hands. Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) has risen 59.39% since March 7, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 51.80% the S&P500.
Analysts await Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) to report earnings on October, 26. They expect $0.20 EPS, down 9.09% or $0.02 from last year’s $0.22 per share. WMB’s profit will be $149.48M for 38.35 P/E if the $0.20 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.19 actual EPS reported by Williams Companies Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 5.26% EPS growth.
Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) Ratings Coverage
Out of 12 analysts covering Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE:WMB), 7 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 5 “Hold”. This means 58% are positive. $49.98 is the highest target while $25 is the lowest. The $30.33 average target is -1.14% below today’s ($30.68) stock price. Williams Companies Inc. has been the topic of 22 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. As per Friday, July 22, the company rating was reinitiated by Citigroup. As per Tuesday, August 2, the company rating was maintained by Citigroup. The rating was downgraded by Raymond James to “Market Perform” on Friday, May 6. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Thursday, July 23 by Jefferies. On Tuesday, August 2 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with “Buy”. The stock of Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) earned “Buy” rating by Argus Research on Monday, August 22. The stock of Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, March 22 by Jefferies. The stock has “Buy” rating given by Evercore on Tuesday, August 2. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Wednesday, June 8. The stock of Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) earned “Equal-Weight” rating by Stephens on Thursday, September 29.
According to Zacks Investment Research, “Williams Companies moves, manages and markets a variety of energy products, including natural gas, liquid hydrocarbons, petroleum and electricity. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Williams’ operations span the energy value chain from wellhead to burner tip.”
Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment increased to 0.93 in 2016 Q2. Its up 0.17, from 0.76 in 2016Q1. The ratio is positive, as 62 funds sold all Williams Companies Inc shares owned while 212 reduced positions. 84 funds bought stakes while 170 increased positions. They now own 614.76 million shares or 0.67% less from 618.90 million shares in 2016Q1.
The Hong Kong-based Point72 Asia (Hong Kong) has invested 0.06% in Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB). Great West Life Assurance Can holds 597,983 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. California State Teachers Retirement Sys has 0.07% invested in the company for 1.49M shares. Perella Weinberg Mgmt L P holds 0.25% of its portfolio in Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) for 23,260 shares. Whittier Company Of Nevada last reported 0% of its portfolio in the stock. Equitec Proprietary Limited Liability Company has 0.09% invested in the company for 97,200 shares. Tci Wealth Advsr holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) for 1,220 shares. Adell Harriman Carpenter Inc, a Texas-based fund reported 10,642 shares. Hm Payson, a Maine-based fund reported 123,331 shares. Kanaly Trust Com accumulated 0.01% or 1,407 shares. Raymond James Financial Ser Advisors last reported 0.03% of its portfolio in the stock. Arosa Capital Mgmt Lp, a New York-based fund reported 250,000 shares. Cbre Clarion Lc has 0.01% invested in the company for 46,000 shares. Green Owl Mgmt Limited Liability Corporation owns 35,000 shares or 4.68% of their US portfolio. The Colorado-based Pub Employees Retirement Association Of Colorado has invested 0.03% in Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB).
Insider Transactions: Since August 12, 2016, the stock had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $52,468 net activity. Timmermans Ted T had sold 2,000 shares worth $52,468 on Friday, August 12.
The Williams Companies, Inc. is an energy infrastructure firm focused on connecting North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids and olefins. The company has a market cap of $22.93 billion. The Company’s divisions include Williams Partners, Williams NGL & Petchem Services, and Other. It currently has negative earnings. The Company’s Williams Partners segment consists of its consolidated partnership in Williams Partners L.P., including gas pipeline, which consists of interstate natural gas pipelines and pipeline joint project investments, and midstream business, which provides natural gas gathering, treating, processing and compression services.
WMB Company Profile
The Williams Companies, Inc., incorporated on February 3, 1987, is an energy infrastructure firm focused on connecting North Americaâ€™s hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and olefins. The Companyâ€™s activities are located in the United States, but span from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian oil sands. The Firm operates through three divisions: Williams Partners, Access Midstream, and Williams NGL and Petchem Services. The Companyâ€™s Williams Partners comprised of its consolidated partnership Pre-merger WPZ (Williams Partners L.P.), which includes gas pipeline and midstream businesses. The Access Midstream comprised of its consolidated master limited partnership ACMP (Access Midstream Partners, L.P.), which includes certain domestic midstream businesses that provide gathering, treating, and compression services to producers under long-term, fee contracts. The Williams NGL and Petchem Services comprised of certain other domestic olefins pipeline assets and certain Canadian growth projects under development, including a propane dehydrogenation facility and a liquids extraction plant. Other is comprised of corporate activities and its Canadian construction services company.
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