Williams Companies Inc (the) (NYSE:WMB) Reports Increase in Sellers; Strong Momentum for Short Players

July 16, 2018 - By Matthew Richard

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Investors sentiment increased to 1.14 in Q1 2018. Its up 0.25, from 0.89 in 2017Q4. It increased, as 61 investors sold The Williams Companies, Inc. shares while 189 reduced holdings. 77 funds opened positions while 209 raised stakes. 694.75 million shares or 0.17% more from 693.56 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported.
Johnson Financial Grp Incorporated reported 243 shares. Pinnacle Hldg stated it has 81,456 shares or 0% of all its holdings. Advsrs Ok reported 510,996 shares. Holt Capital Advisors Ltd Dba Holt Capital Partners Lp holds 0.09% or 11,497 shares in its portfolio. Great West Life Assurance Com Can accumulated 732,623 shares or 0.04% of the stock. Ubs Asset Americas reported 2.69M shares or 0% of all its holdings. Wellington Shields Capital Management Limited Liability reported 75,376 shares or 0.28% of all its holdings. Aqr Cap Mgmt Limited Liability holds 0% in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) or 74,110 shares. Geode Mngmt Lc holds 9.50 million shares. Barclays Public Ltd has invested 0.03% in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB). British Columbia Inv Corp stated it has 0.08% of its portfolio in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB). Us Financial Bank De has 178,785 shares. Reliance Trust Of Delaware stated it has 10,140 shares or 0.04% of all its holdings. Whalerock Point Prtn Limited Liability, Rhode Island-based fund reported 10,000 shares. The New Jersey-based Mercer Advisers has invested 0.02% in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB).

Since February 23, 2018, it had 1 insider buy, and 3 selling transactions for $410,890 activity. 12,392 shares were sold by Timmermans Ted T, worth $347,906 on Tuesday, May 22. Cooper Kathleen B sold $113,244 worth of The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) on Monday, February 26.

The stock of Williams Companies Inc (the) (NYSE:WMB) registered an increase of 4.05% in short interest. WMB’s total short interest was 18.01M shares in July as published by FINRA. Its up 4.05% from 17.31 million shares, reported previously. With 5.67M shares average volume, it will take short sellers 3 days to cover their WMB’s short positions. The short interest to Williams Companies Inc (the)’s float is 2.18%.

The stock decreased 0.82% or $0.23 during the last trading session, reaching $27.09. About 2.28M shares traded. The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) has declined 9.61% since July 16, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 22.18% the S&P500.

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure firm primarily in the United States. The company has market cap of $22.43 billion. It owns and operates natural gas pipeline system extending from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Gulf of Mexico through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to the New York City metropolitan area. It has a 11.53 P/E ratio. The firm also owns and operates a natural gas pipeline system extending from the San Juan basin in northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado through Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to a point on the Canadian border near Sumas, Washington; gulfstream natural gas pipeline system extending from the Mobile Bay area in Alabama to markets in Florida; and constitution pipeline that would connect its gathering system in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to the Iroquois Gas Transmission and Tennessee Gas Pipeline systems in New York.

The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) Ratings Coverage

Among 10 analysts covering Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Therefore 80% are positive. Williams Companies had 12 analyst reports since January 17, 2018 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Scotia Capital with “Hold” on Monday, January 29. The firm earned “Equal-Weight” rating on Tuesday, April 17 by Barclays Capital. Bank of America maintained it with “Buy” rating and $33 target in Tuesday, March 27 report. J.P. Morgan upgraded The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) rating on Friday, March 9. J.P. Morgan has “Buy” rating and $36.0 target. UBS maintained the shares of WMB in report on Friday, March 2 with “Buy” rating. The stock of The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) earned “Buy” rating by Seaport Global on Wednesday, April 25. Scotia Capital upgraded The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) on Friday, May 18 to “Buy” rating. The rating was upgraded by JP Morgan to “Overweight” on Friday, March 9. Bernstein downgraded the shares of WMB in report on Tuesday, March 27 to “Market Perform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating by Jefferies given on Wednesday, April 25.

More recent The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) news were published by: Fool.com which released: “Why You Won’t Want to Miss This 7.2%-Yielding Dividend Stock” on July 16, 2018. Also Fool.com published the news titled: “2 Dividend Stocks I’d Buy Right Now” on July 14, 2018. Seekingalpha.com‘s news article titled: “Merger Arbitrage Mondays – July 16, 2018” with publication date: July 16, 2018 was also an interesting one.

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