The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB] stock Upgrade by Argus analyst, price target now $30

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The Williams Companies Inc. [NYSE: WMB] jumped around 0.53 points on Monday, while shares priced at $24.81 at the close of the session, up 2.18%. The company report on September 8, 2021 that Williams Announces $1.5 Billion Share Repurchase Program.

Williams’ (NYSE: WMB) board of directors has authorized a share repurchase program (the “Share Repurchase Program”) for the repurchase of up to $1.5 billion of the company’s outstanding common stock. The Share Repurchase Program is effective immediately.

“With a strong balance sheet and excess free cash flow, we are well positioned to execute on this attractive opportunity to invest in Williams,” said Williams President and CEO Alan Armstrong. “Consistent with our commitment to creating sustainable value for our shareholders, this program is part of a broader capital allocation strategy we are pursuing to maximize shareholder returns in the coming years.”.

The Williams Companies Inc. stock is now 23.74% up from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. WMB Stock saw the intraday high of $24.95 and lowest of $24.51 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 28.35, which means current price is +24.86% above from all time high which was touched on 06/07/21.

Compared to the average trading volume of 6.71M shares, WMB reached a trading volume of 8765870 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for WMB shares is $29.05 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on WMB stock is a recommendation set at 1.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Argus have made an estimate for The Williams Companies Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on May 17, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on March 04, 2021, representing the official price target for The Williams Companies Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $22 to $27, while Credit Suisse kept a Outperform rating on WMB stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for The Williams Companies Inc. is set at 0.46, with the Price to Sales ratio for WMB stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.36. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.63, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.99. Price to Free Cash Flow for WMB in the course of the last twelve months was 19.37 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.60.

How has WMB stock performed recently?

The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -0.64. With this latest performance, WMB shares dropped by -0.76% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 4.82% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 22.64% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for WMB stock in for the last two-week period is set at 51.15, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 54.15, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 49.22 for The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 25.07, while it was recorded at 24.52 for the last single week of trading, and 24.06 for the last 200 days.

The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB] shares currently have an operating margin of +33.14 and a Gross Margin at +39.18. The Williams Companies Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +2.73.

Return on Total Capital for WMB is now 6.73, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 0.63. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 1.68, with Return on Assets sitting at 0.45. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 191.46. Additionally, WMB Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 65.69, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 48.75. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 184.18, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 63.01.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB] managed to generate an average of $44,524 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 7.74 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.16.The Williams Companies Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.60 and a Current Ratio set at 0.70.

Earnings analysis for The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB]

The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for WMB. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for The Williams Companies Inc. go to 5.00%.

Insider trade positions for The Williams Companies Inc. [WMB]

There are presently around $25,568 million, or 86.30% of WMB stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of WMB stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 108,675,601, which is approximately 0.156% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 100,600,016 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.5 billion in WMB stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $2.02 billion in WMB stock with ownership of nearly 3.932% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in The Williams Companies Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of August and at the time of the August reporting period, where 528 institutional holders increased their position in The Williams Companies Inc. [NYSE:WMB] by around 61,734,103 shares. Additionally, 339 investors decreased positions by around 51,622,977 shares, while 142 investors held positions by with 917,215,250 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,030,572,330 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. WMB stock had 124 new institutional investments in for a total of 10,224,695 shares, while 61 institutional investors sold positions of 5,283,002 shares during the same period.

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