Jefferies Maintains a “Buy” Rating on Williams Co (WMB) and $37.0 Target; Fastenal Co (FAST)’s Sentiment Is 1.3

Among 18 analysts covering Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE:WMB), 13 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 72% are positive. Williams Companies Inc. has $49.98 highest and $25 lowest target. $31.21’s average target is -6.02% below currents $33.21 stock price. Williams Companies Inc. had 47 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies maintained the shares of WMB in report on Tuesday, March 22 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, August 12 by Argus Research. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with “Buy” on Wednesday, June 8. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Friday, April 7 by Citigroup. The stock of The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) earned “Buy” rating by Argus Research on Monday, August 22. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, January 10 by Jefferies. Barclays Capital downgraded The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) rating on Wednesday, January 11. Barclays Capital has “Equal-Weight” rating and $28 target. As per Friday, August 4, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The stock has “Outperform” rating by Credit Suisse on Thursday, January 26. On Friday, December 18 the stock rating was upgraded by Jefferies to “Buy”.

Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company has market cap of $15.98 billion. It offers fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies primarily under the Fastenal name. It has a 29.65 P/E ratio. The companyÂ’s fastener products include threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, which are used in manufactured products and building projects, as well as in the maintenance and repair of machines and structures.

Analysts await Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) to report earnings on January, 17. They expect $0.45 earnings per share, up 12.50% or $0.05 from last year’s $0.4 per share. FAST’s profit will be $129.33 million for 30.88 P/E if the $0.45 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.50 actual earnings per share reported by Fastenal Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -10.00% negative EPS growth.

Ratings analysis reveals 40% of Fastenal’s analysts are positive. Out of 5 Wall Street analysts rating Fastenal, 2 give it “Buy”, 0 “Sell” rating, while 3 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $50.0 while the high is $50.0. The stock’s average target of $50 is -10.06% below today’s ($55.59) share price. FAST was included in 5 notes of analysts from August 26, 2016. As per Thursday, January 5, the company rating was upgraded by KeyBanc Capital Markets. Stifel Nicolaus maintained Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) rating on Thursday, January 19. Stifel Nicolaus has “Hold” rating and $50.0 target. The stock of Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, August 26 by Macquarie Research. The stock of Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) earned “Hold” rating by Argus Research on Friday, October 14. Avondale upgraded Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) on Thursday, January 12 to “Mkt Outperform” rating.

Since January 1, 0001, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 sales for $956,223 activity.

Mcdonald Capital Investors Inc Ca holds 8.89% of its portfolio in Fastenal Company for 2.29 million shares. Bares Capital Management Inc. owns 3.66 million shares or 7.53% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Wedgewood Partners Inc has 5.76% invested in the company for 3.70 million shares. The California-based Route One Investment Company L.P. has invested 5.46% in the stock. Marshfield Associates, a -based fund reported 1.57 million shares.

The stock increased 0.91% or $0.5 during the last trading session, reaching $55.59. About 2.13 million shares traded. Fastenal Company (FAST) has declined 2.09% since January 13, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 18.79% the S&P500.

Since August 8, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 sales for $8.61 million activity. CHAPPEL DONALD R had sold 272,088 shares worth $8.25M on Tuesday, September 26. The insider Timmermans Ted T sold $61,310. On Wednesday, September 27 Ewing Robyn L sold $297,250 worth of The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) or 9,913 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.19 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.13, from 1.06 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 40 investors sold The Williams Companies, Inc. shares while 203 reduced holdings. 66 funds opened positions while 223 raised stakes. 687.46 million shares or 1.13% less from 695.32 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Grassi Mngmt accumulated 29,250 shares. Canal Ins Com owns 100,300 shares. 404 were accumulated by Tower Capital Ltd Liability Com (Trc). Fifth Third Bank reported 18,057 shares or 0% of all its holdings. 3,261 were reported by Northwestern Mutual Wealth Mgmt. Convergence Invest Prtn Limited Liability reported 0.17% in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB). Moreover, Nj State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan has 0.19% invested in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) for 35,000 shares. Deutsche Retail Bank Ag accumulated 17.94 million shares. State Of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D holds 0.07% of its portfolio in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) for 547,100 shares. Campbell Investment Adviser Ltd Liability reported 6,721 shares. Karpas Strategies Ltd Llc holds 0.12% or 9,150 shares in its portfolio. Natl Pension accumulated 800,075 shares. Exane Derivatives reported 315 shares. Cbre Clarion Securities Ltd Liability owns 0.02% invested in The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) for 58,700 shares. Meiji Yasuda Life Ins has 13,390 shares for 0.06% of their portfolio.

The stock increased 0.33% or $0.11 during the last trading session, reaching $33.21. About 4.37M shares traded. The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) has risen 40.20% since January 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 23.50% the S&P500.

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure firm primarily in the United States. The company has market cap of $27.46 billion. The firm operates through Williams Partners, Williams NGL & Petchem Services, and Other divisions. It has a 56.77 P/E ratio. It owns and operates natural gas pipeline system extending from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the offshore Gulf of Mexico through Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to the New York City metropolitan area.

Analysts await The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) to report earnings on February, 21. They expect $0.20 EPS, up 17.65% or $0.03 from last year’s $0.17 per share. WMB’s profit will be $165.35 million for 41.51 P/E if the $0.20 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.15 actual EPS reported by The Williams Companies, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 33.33% EPS growth.