Capital Advisors Inc. OK Purchases 10,216 Shares of The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB)

Capital Advisors Inc. OK grew its position in shares of The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMBGet Rating) by 0.6% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,713,422 shares of the pipeline company’s stock after buying an additional 10,216 shares during the quarter. Williams Companies accounts for 1.6% of Capital Advisors Inc. OK’s portfolio, making the stock its 13th largest position. Capital Advisors Inc. OK owned about 0.14% of Williams Companies worth $57,245,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Riverview Trust Co bought a new position in Williams Companies during the 1st quarter valued at about $27,000. Clearstead Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Williams Companies during the first quarter valued at approximately $28,000. American National Bank lifted its position in Williams Companies by 63.6% during the first quarter. American National Bank now owns 908 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $30,000 after purchasing an additional 353 shares during the period. Atwood & Palmer Inc. lifted its position in Williams Companies by 306.4% during the first quarter. Atwood & Palmer Inc. now owns 951 shares of the pipeline company’s stock valued at $32,000 after purchasing an additional 717 shares during the period. Finally, First Financial Corp IN purchased a new stake in Williams Companies in the first quarter worth approximately $33,000. Institutional investors own 86.10% of the company’s stock.

Williams Companies Price Performance

Shares of NYSE WMB traded down $0.05 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $33.74. The stock had a trading volume of 197,413 shares, compared to its average volume of 9,123,220. The company has a market capitalization of $41.10 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 6.33 and a beta of 1.20. The Williams Companies, Inc. has a 12-month low of $23.53 and a 12-month high of $37.97. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $33.24 and a 200-day moving average of $32.61. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.49, a quick ratio of 0.69 and a current ratio of 0.73.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMBGet Rating) last issued its earnings results on Monday, May 2nd. The pipeline company reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.36 by $0.05. Williams Companies had a net margin of 13.95% and a return on equity of 12.20%. The company had revenue of $2.52 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.19 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.35 EPS. As a group, research analysts anticipate that The Williams Companies, Inc. will post 1.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Williams Companies Dividend Announcement

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 26th. Investors of record on Friday, September 9th will be issued a $0.425 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 8th. This represents a $1.70 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.04%. Williams Companies’s dividend payout ratio is presently 141.67%.

Analyst Ratings Changes

WMB has been the subject of a number of research reports. TD Securities boosted their target price on shares of Williams Companies from $36.00 to $38.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 4th. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on Williams Companies from $34.00 to $40.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 26th. started coverage on Williams Companies in a research note on Thursday, March 31st. They set a “hold” rating for the company. Raymond James increased their price objective on shares of Williams Companies from $36.00 to $40.00 and gave the stock a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 20th. Finally, US Capital Advisors restated a “hold” rating on shares of Williams Companies in a research report on Wednesday, June 1st. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. According to MarketBeat, the company has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus price target of $35.54.

Insiders Place Their Bets

In related news, SVP Debbie L. Cowan sold 36,228 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.75, for a total transaction of $1,367,607.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 62,891 shares in the company, valued at $2,374,135.25. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 0.43% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Williams Companies Company Profile

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The Williams Companies, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. It operates through Transmission & Gulf of Mexico, Northeast G&P, West, and Gas & NGL Marketing Services segments. The Transmission & Gulf of Mexico segment comprises Transco and Northwest natural gas pipelines; and natural gas gathering and processing, and crude oil production handling and transportation assets in the Gulf Coast region, as well as various petrochemical and feedstock pipelines.

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