How to buy Williams Companies (WMB) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Williams Companies shares.

Williams Companies Inc (WMB) is a publicly traded oil and gas midstream business based in the US. In the week up to 23 September Williams Companies shares plunged 8.02% to a closing position of $29.15. However, over the last 12 months, Williams Companies's share price has risen by 14.76% from $25.4. Williams Companies is listed on the NYSE and employs 4,783 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Williams Companies

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: WMB in this case.
  5. Research Williams Companies shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Williams Companies shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

Fees for buying 20x Williams Companies shares with popular platforms

Both exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £2.69
£539.69 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £11.94
£548.94 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £5.37
£542.37 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £17.32
£554.32 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £0.54
£537.54 total
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Freetrade logo £0 £1 £2.42
£539.42 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £16.05
£553.05 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £2.69
£539.69 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £16.21
£553.21 total
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Williams Companies share price (NYSE:WMB)

Use our graph to track the performance of WMB stocks over time.

Williams Companies price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $29.15

1 week (2022-09-16) -8.02%
1 month (2022-08-24) -18.07%
3 months (2022-06-24) -3.00%
6 months (2022-03-22) -9.25%
2 years (2020-09-24) 46.26%
3 years (2019-09-24) 20.01%
5 years (2017-09-22) -2.83%

Is it a good time to buy Williams Companies stock?

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Is Williams Companies under- or over-valued?

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

P/E ratio

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 25x. In other words, Williams Companies shares trade at around 25x recent earnings.

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

PEG ratio

Williams Companies's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.504. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into 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.

EBITDA

Williams Companies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $4.4 billion (£4 billion).

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

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 Williams Companies.

Total ESG risk score

Williams Companies's total ESG risk: 28

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and 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 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.).

Environmental score

Williams Companies's environmental score: 17.62/100

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 Williams Companies is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Williams Companies's social score: 11.06/100

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 Williams Companies is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Williams Companies's governance score: 8.81/100

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

Controversy score

Williams Companies's controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Williams Companies shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-23.
Open$30.35
High$30.39
Low$28.825
Close$29.15
Previous close$31.16
Change$-2.01
Change %-6.4506%
Volume10,079,223
Information last updated 2022-09-20.
52-week range$23.7627 - $37.0603
50-day moving average$33.2762
200-day moving average$32.0298
Wall St. target price$38.1
PE ratio25.0469
Dividend yield$1.67 (5.36%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$1.28

Do Williams Companies shares pay dividends?

5.4%

Dividend yield: 5.36% of stock value

5.4%

Forward annual dividend yield: 5.36% of stock value

Williams Companies has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 5.36% of its share value annually.

Williams Companies has paid out, on average, around 122.99% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.36% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 5.36% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Williams Companies's case, that would currently equate to about $1.67 per share.

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.

Williams Companies's most recent dividend payout was on 26 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 September 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Williams Companies's shares have ranged in value from as little as $23.7627 up to $37.0603. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WMB.US volatility(beta: 1.19)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 Williams Companies's is 1.1918. This would suggest that Williams Companies's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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