How Have Insiders Been Trading The Williams Companies Inc. (WMB) Stock?

The Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE:WMB) saw an upside of 3.77% on Monday at $27.40 after adding $1.0. The 5-day average trading volume is 7,278,740 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $27.33 in the past week and touched a new high 2 times within the past 5 days. An average of 8,729,450 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 7,402,688.

WMB’s 1-month performance is 7.10% or $1.99 on its low of $23.98 reached on 09/09/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $18.26 and high of $28.35, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 06/07/21. YTD, WMB has achieved 31.67% or $6.91 and has reached a new high 30 times. However, the current price is down -3.37%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Feb 23, 223 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for The Williams Companies Inc. (WMB). Bennett Walter J (SVP Gathering & Processing) most recently sold 15,000 shares at $23.01 per share on Feb 23. This transaction cost the insider $345,150.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 373.35 and a low of 8.232. WMB stock has a beta of 1.46. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 3.53 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 2.80, with the price to cash flow ratio at 20.37.

The Williams Companies Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share. Its dividend yield is 5.98% and the payout ratio is 170.80%. WMB’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 27, when it paid $0.41 a share compared with prior rate of $0.41, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 5 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.01 reported on Tuesday January 26 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 33.33% yearly.

It is projected that The Williams Companies Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 13-Dec. WMB is expected to distribute $0.41 as its next dividend.

The Williams Companies Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 0.60, with the current ratio over the same period at 0.70 meaning that WMB stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 1.84, while the total debt to equity was 2.02. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 71.00%The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 55.89% while for the period ending June 29; The Williams Companies Inc.’s operating margin was 26.80%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $2.2 billion against revenue of $7.72 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected WMB to announce $0.28 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.27, representing a -3.60% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $1.08 billion. WMB stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 31.24 billion, with total debt at $23.23 billion

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at The Williams Companies Inc. (WMB) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 01 October was 73.37% to suggest the stock is trending Overbought, with historical volatility in this time period at 16.67%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $26.33, reflecting a +3.53% or $0.92 change from its current price. WMB is currently trading +7.97% above its 20-day SMA, +6.65% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +7.20% and +23.95% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 81.30% and 80.25% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.59. The RSI (14) points at 68.09%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 86.35% with the period’s ATR at 0.56. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.48 and 0.74 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

Analysts offering their rating for WMB stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Buy. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate WMB as a “sell,”, while 5 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 2 rates the stock as overweight while 18 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is WMB’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $27.00 and a high of $32.00, with their median price target at $29.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for The Williams Companies Inc. (WMB) stock is $29.13.


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