Media coverage about Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Williams Partners earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 45.5882871706897 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:
- 3 High-Quality Dividend Stocks Yielding Nearly 7% These Days (finance.yahoo.com)
- Williams Partners (WPZ) Stock Rating Upgraded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (americanbankingnews.com)
- Technical gives deep insight into Williams Partners LP (WPZ) – Wall Street Morning (wallstreetmorning.com)
- Williams Partners’ Transco Prices Private Debt Issuance – Business Wire (press release) (businesswire.com)
- Williams Partners’ Transco Initiates Private Debt Issuance | Business … – Business Wire (press release) (businesswire.com)
WPZ has been the subject of a number of research reports. UBS Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 target price (down previously from $50.00) on shares of Williams Partners in a report on Friday, March 2nd. US Capital Advisors upgraded Williams Partners from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of Williams Partners in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $45.00 price target on Williams Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Barclays cut Williams Partners from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and decreased their price target for the stock from $47.00 to $45.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $46.26.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 9th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 2nd were issued a $0.60 dividend. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.51%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 1st. Williams Partners’s dividend payout ratio is presently 258.06%.
In other Williams Partners news, insider John D. Seldenrust sold 6,770 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.76, for a total value of $262,405.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.
About Williams Partners
Williams Partners L.P. is an energy infrastructure company. The Company has operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing, and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene, and other olefins. It operates through its Northeast G&P, Atlantic-Gulf, West segment.
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