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There Is A Quest For Clarity Surrounding Williams Cos Inc (NYSE: WMB) Volatility

After Hours

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. After-hours trades for Williams Cos Inc (WMB) shows that investor sentiment remained broken, with the stock’s consolidated last price falling by -$0.02, or -0.06%, to $34.38. The Williams Cos Inc has recorded 795,481 volume in the after hours trading session. The stock was recently discussed on Yahoo Finance as it revealed that Williams Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend.

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Stocks Info

This NYSE-listed company operates within the Oil & Gas Midstream industry segment, falling under the Energy sector. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $34.40 and fluctuated between $34.58 as its day high and $34.13 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Williams Cos Inc is $41.84B. A total of 6.45 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 5.95M shares.

Insider Activity

Insider trades can also provide insight into a stock’s future direction. During the recent three months, WMB has seen 0 BUY and 0 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 0 and the disposition of 0 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 46 BUYs and 44 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 2,140,710 shares during that period but sold 998,775.

In the most recent transaction, Hallam Scott A. sold 7,193 shares of WMB for 33.00 per share on Jul 07. After the transaction, the SVP Transmission & Gulf of Mex now owns 226,973 company shares. In a previous transaction on Jun 28, Hallam Scott A. sold 7,194 shares at 32.00 per share. WMB shares that SVP Transmission & Gulf of Mex owns now total 234,166.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Hallam Scott A. disposed of 7,194 shares on Jun 21 at a per-share price of $31.00. This resulted in the SVP Transmission & Gulf of Mex holding 241,360 shares of WMB after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Hallam Scott A. sold 14,388 shares at $30.64 per share on Jun 14. Company shares held by the SVP Transmission & Gulf of Mex now total 248,554.


The income generated by dividends is an indication that a company is improving its financial position, which is why investors prefer companies paying dividends. Williams Cos Inc pays an annual dividend of $1.81, resulting in a dividend yield of 5.26%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 15.86. WMB’s most recent ex-dividend date was 12/7/2023 when it declared a $0.4475 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 12/26/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 9/25/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 9/8/2023. The WMB stock dividend was $0.4475 per share in cash.

Even though price targets are rarely accurate, they do tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often considered important by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for WMB in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $37.88 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 $36.22 and a low of $27.80.

As of this writing, WMB has an earnings estimate of $0.41 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 11 estimates, with a high estimate of $0.46 per share and a lower estimate of $0.38. The company reported an EPS of $0.76 in the last quarter, which was 65.20% higher than expectations of $0.46.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

In a balance sheet, you can see what assets and liabilities the company has, as well as how much equity investors have invested. These figures can be used to calculate a company’s financial ratios to give investors a better idea of its prospects. 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 $9.57, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $14.10B.

Analysts Opinion

The risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading may be slightly higher than the regular market hours. The reason is that extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular security due to lower liquidity and higher volatility as issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Currently, 0 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 Buy with a score of 3.85.

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