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Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ) Earnings Preview For Wednesday

Williams Partners L.P.  (WPZ) 

Background: Williams Partners L.P., an energy infrastructure company, focuses on connecting North America?s hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids. It operates in two segments, Gas Pipeline and Midstream Gas & Liquids.

Investors aren't expecting an improvement in earnings. Analysts forecast per share results below last year in the same quarter. The earnings release is planned after the market closes on February 20, 2013.

The average estimate is currently 52 cents a share, backsliding 53 cents (50.5%) from $1.05 during the matching period in the previous year. Estimates from analysts range from a low of 30 cents per share, up to the highest estimate of 72 cents per share.

Shareholders receive $3.31 annually in dividend payments. The yield based on a recent price is 6.6%.

Analysts approve the direction Williams Partners L.P. is headed. 12 of the 15 analysts covering the company give a buy recommendation. 3 analysts rate it a hold, and not a sell rating to be found.

6 out of 15 analysts now rate Williams Partners L.P. a strong buy up from 5 analysts a month ago. Investors haven't made progress this year. Shares in the company have fallen 19% from a year ago. The average analyst target price for Williams Partners L.P. is $58.50.

At the time of writing and from the latest short interest report, the short interest is minor and not a cause of distraction. The small amount of short interest is 3%.

(WPZ)

(EPD)

(KMI)

Strong Buy

6

10

2

Moderate Buy

6

10

9

Hold

3

2

3

Avg Analyst Price Target

$58.50

$59.40

$41.08

Operating Margin

22.16%

7.43%

26.00%

Revenue

6.65 billion

43.71 billion

12.08 billion

Est Low EPS

0.30

0.51

0.25

Est High EPS

0.72

0.69

0.44

1 Year Stock Price Change

-18.83%

16.89%

15.54%


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