Williams Partners (WPZ) Receives News Sentiment Score of 0.32

News articles about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) have trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a news sentiment score of 0.32 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the pipeline company an impact score of 45.7210821861065 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on WPZ shares. Stifel Nicolaus set a $45.00 price target on Williams Partners and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 price target on shares of Williams Partners in a research report on Monday, October 16th. BMO Capital Markets set a $47.00 price target on Williams Partners and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 13th. TheStreet cut Williams Partners from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Monday, August 21st. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Williams Partners from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $44.71.

Williams Partners (WPZ) traded down $0.30 during trading on Friday, reaching $38.05. The company had a trading volume of 3,212,612 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,421,870. The stock has a market cap of $37,346.04, a PE ratio of 25.23, a PEG ratio of 2.85 and a beta of 1.43. Williams Partners has a 1 year low of $34.28 and a 1 year high of $42.32. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65.

In related news, CEO Alan S. Armstrong acquired 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $35.00 per share, for a total transaction of $175,000.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director H Brent Austin acquired 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 22nd. The shares were bought at an average price of $38.66 per share, with a total value of $38,660.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 9,958 shares in the company, valued at approximately $384,976.28. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

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About Williams Partners

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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