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An Evaluation Of The Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE: WMB) Prospects

After Hours

After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for The Williams Companies Inc. (WMB) shows that investor sentiment remained same, with the stock’s consolidated last price remained same to $30.36. The The Williams Companies Inc. has recorded 274,861 volume in the after hours trading session. Earlier, Yahoo Finance discussed this stock as it revealed Williams to Host Q&A Session for Shareholders.

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Stocks Info

WMB belongs to the Energy sector of the NYSE while operating in the Oil & Gas Midstream industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $30.36 and fluctuated between $30.51 as its day high and $30.00 as its day low. The current market capitalization of The Williams Companies Inc. is $36.45B. A total of 4.55 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 6.98M shares.

Insider Activity

Investors also take into account insider trades in predicting how the stock will perform in the future. During the recent three months, WMB has seen 32 BUY and 30 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 2,045,672 and the disposition of 900,305 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 36 BUYs and 43 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 2,119,711 shares during that period but sold 1,037,960.

In the most recent transaction, BERGSTROM STEPHEN W bought 6,895 shares of WMB for 29.00 per share on Mar 14. After the transaction, the Director now owns 123,738 company shares. In a previous transaction on Mar 14, SPENCE WILLIAM H bought 5,000 shares at 29.61 per share. WMB shares that Director owns now total 48,521.

Among the insiders who bought shares, Smith Murray D acquired of 400 shares on Mar 14 at a per-share price of $29.66. This resulted in the Director holding 42,904 shares of WMB after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Wilson Terrance Lane sold 8,500 shares at $34.20 per share on Nov 22. Company shares held by the SVP & General Counsel now total 179,989.


Paying dividends generates immediate cash flow for investors and indicates a positive outlook for the company. The Williams Companies Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.79, resulting in a dividend yield of 5.90%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 18.15. WMB’s most recent ex-dividend date was 6/9/2023 when it declared a $0.4475 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 6/26/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 3/27/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 3/10/2023. The WMB stock dividend was $0.4475 per share in cash.

While price targets are rarely accurate, they tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often taken into account by investors. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for WMB in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $36.59 with high estimates of $42.00 and low estimates of $31.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, WMB has a high of $37.97 and a low of $27.80.

As of this writing, WMB has an earnings estimate of $0.46 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 10 estimates, with a high estimate of $0.49 per share and a lower estimate of $0.4. The company reported an EPS of $0.49 in the last quarter, which was 11.40% higher than expectations of $0.44.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

An organization’s balance sheet depicts the assets and liabilities it has, as well as the amount of equity invested. Investors can measure a company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios using this information. WMB’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $1.68B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $23.68B in debt and $4.97B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $9.39, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $14.10B.

Analysts Opinion

There is a slight risk associated with trading before and after the market open. Due to lower liquidity and higher volatility, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads on particular security due to the release of critical financial information after regular trading hours. Currently, 23 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for WMB is Sell with a score of 3.67. A total of 8 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 3 rated it as Overweight while 12 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 0 thought it should be Sold.

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