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The Williams Companies, Inc is an oil & gas midstream business based in the US. The Williams Companies shares (WMB) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. The Williams Companies employs 4,812 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$7.7 billion.

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  3. Search for The Williams Companies. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: WMB. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until The Williams Companies reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$19.27, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of The Williams Companies, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of The Williams Companies. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

The Williams Companies share price

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The Williams Companies shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$19.27
52-week rangeUSD$7.9417 - USD$22.53
50-day moving average USD$20.9959
200-day moving average USD$20.1867
Wall St. target priceUSD$24.88
PE ratio 116.5169
Dividend yield USD$1.6 (7.71%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.178

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Is it a good time to buy The Williams Companies stock?

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The Williams Companies price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $19.27 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2021-01-06) -10.37%
1 month (2020-12-12) N/A
3 months (2020-10-16) 19.27
6 months (2020-07-16) -3.17%
1 year (2020-01-13) -18.97%
2 years (2019-01-12) N/A
3 years (2018-01-12) 33.21
5 years (2016-01-13) 41.59%

Is The Williams Companies under- or over-valued?

Valuing The Williams Companies stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of The Williams Companies's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

The Williams Companies's P/E ratio

The Williams Companies's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 117x. In other words, The Williams Companies shares trade at around 117x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

The Williams Companies's PEG ratio

The Williams Companies's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.765. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into The Williams Companies's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

The Williams Companies's EBITDA

The Williams Companies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$4.2 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a The Williams Companies's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

The Williams Companies financials

Revenue TTM USD$7.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 32.05%
Gross profit TTM USD$4.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.42%
Return on equity TTM 0.11%
Profit margin 2.83%
Book value $9.918
Market capitalisation USD$25.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting The Williams Companies shares

There are currently 23.2 million The Williams Companies shares held short by investors – that's known as The Williams Companies's "short interest". This figure is 8% up from 21.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting The Williams Companies shares can be evaluated.

The Williams Companies's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

The Williams Companies's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The Williams Companies shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The Williams Companies shares traded daily (recently around 10.8 million). The Williams Companies's SIR currently stands at 2.15. In other words for every 100,000 The Williams Companies shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2150 shares are currently held short.

However The Williams Companies's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The Williams Companies shares, or, against the total number of tradable The Williams Companies shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The Williams Companies's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The Williams Companies shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0215% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The Williams Companies shares, roughly 22 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against The Williams Companies.

Find out more about how you can short The Williams Companies stock.

The Williams Companies's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like The Williams Companies.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

The Williams Companies's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 28

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and The Williams Companies's overall score of 28 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 40th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like The Williams Companies is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

The Williams Companies's environmental score

Environmental score: 17.62/100

The Williams Companies's environmental score of 17.62 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Williams Companies is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Williams Companies's social score

Social score: 11.06/100

The Williams Companies's social score of 11.06 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Williams Companies is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

The Williams Companies's governance score

Governance score: 8.81/100

The Williams Companies's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that The Williams Companies is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Williams Companies's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. The Williams Companies scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that The Williams Companies has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

The Williams Companies, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 28
Total ESG percentile 39.58
Environmental score 17.62
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 11.06
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 8.81
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 2

The Williams Companies share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 156.86% of net profits

Recently The Williams Companies has paid out, on average, around 156.86% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.71% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), The Williams Companies shareholders could enjoy a 7.71% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Williams Companies's case, that would currently equate to about $1.6 per share.

The Williams Companies's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

The Williams Companies's most recent dividend payout was on 28 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have The Williams Companies's shares ever split?

The Williams Companies's shares were split on a 10000:8152 basis on 3 January 2012. So if you had owned 8152 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your The Williams Companies shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 18.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for The Williams Companies shares which in turn could have impacted The Williams Companies's share price.

The Williams Companies share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Williams Companies's shares have ranged in value from as little as $7.9417 up to $22.53. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WMB.US volatility(beta: 1.7)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while The Williams Companies's is 1.7024. This would suggest that The Williams Companies's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

The Williams Companies overview

The Williams Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. It operates through Atlantic-Gulf, Northeast G&P, and West segments. The Atlantic-Gulf segment comprises Transco, an interstate natural gas pipeline; and natural gas gathering and processing, and crude oil production handling and transportation assets. The Northeast G&P segment engages in the midstream gathering, processing, and fractionation activities. The West segment comprises Northwest Pipeline, an interstate natural gas pipeline; and gas gathering, processing, and treating operations. The company owns and operates 30,000 miles of pipelines, 28 processing facilities, 7 fractionation facilities, and approximately 23 million barrels of NGL storage capacity. The Williams Companies, Inc. was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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