Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) Earns News Sentiment Rating of 0.23

Media stories about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a coverage optimism score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.1222875555345 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on WPZ. BidaskClub lowered shares of Williams Partners from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $42.00 price objective on shares of Williams Partners and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 17th. BMO Capital Markets set a $47.00 price objective on shares of Williams Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Williams Partners from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of Williams Partners from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 30th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $44.77.

Williams Partners (NYSE WPZ) traded up 0.08% during trading on Friday, reaching $37.74. 560,549 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company has a market cap of $36.07 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.69 and a beta of 1.43. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $40.03 and its 200-day moving average is $40.11. Williams Partners has a 12-month low of $32.93 and a 12-month high of $42.32.

Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The pipeline company reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.42 by $0.09. Williams Partners had a net margin of 17.82% and a return on equity of 5.90%. The business had revenue of $1.92 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.13 billion. Analysts predict that Williams Partners will post $0.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 11th. Investors of record on Friday, August 4th were issued a $0.60 dividend. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 6.36%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 2nd. Williams Partners’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 143.71%.

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Williams Partners Company Profile

Williams Partners L.P. is an energy infrastructure company. The Company has operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing, and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene, and other olefins. It operates through its Northeast G&P, Atlantic-Gulf, West segment.

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