How to buy Williams Companies (WMB) shares in Australia
Learn how to easily invest in Williams Companies shares.
Williams Companies Inc (WMB) is a leading oil & gas midstream business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$36.07 after a previous close of US$36.26. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD35.82 to a high of USD36.4275. The latest price was USD35.9 (25 minute delay). Williams Companies is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Williams Companies
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company listed in the US from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. Look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, which will typically include your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Williams Companies. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WMB. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment that matches your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Williams Companies reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying using consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$36.26, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Williams Companies, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Williams Companies. Optimise 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.
What's in this guide?
- Williams Companies key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Williams Companies stock a buy or sell?
- Williams Companies performance over time
- Is Williams Companies suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Williams Companies shares over-valued?
- Williams Companies's financials
- How volatile are Williams Companies shares?
- Does Williams Companies pay a dividend?
- Have Williams Companies shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Williams Companies stock price (NYSE:WMB)Use our graph to track the performance of WMB stocks over time.
Have Williams Companies's shares ever split?
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 the split, the next day you would own 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Williams Companies shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 18.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Williams Companies shares which in turn could have impacted Williams Companies's share price.
Williams Companies shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$27.0488 - US$37.45|
|50-day moving average||US$34.9416|
|200-day moving average||US$32.3919|
|Dividend yield||US$1.768 (4.84%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$2.28|
Williams Companies price performance over time
|1 week (2023-11-29)||-1.48%|
|1 month (2023-11-06)||0.42%|
|3 months (2023-09-06)||6.09%|
|6 months (2023-06-06)||18.29%|
|1 year (2022-12-06)||7.26%|
|2 years (2021-12-06)||31.41%|
|3 years (2020-12-04)||59.63%|
|5 years (2018-12-06)||46.35%|
Compare trading platforms to buy Williams Companies shares
Is it a good time to buy Williams Companies stock?
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. However, this is not a recommendation. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
Is Williams Companies under- or over-valued?
Valuing Williams Companies stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Williams Companies's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Williams Companies's 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 16x. In other words, Williams Companies shares trade at around 16x 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.
Williams Companies's PEG ratio
Williams Companies's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.8992. 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 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.
Williams Companies's EBITDA
Williams Companies's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$6.2 billion (£5 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Williams Companies's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure stock profitability.
Williams Companies share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Williams Companies's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$27.0488 up to US$37.45. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Williams Companies's is 1.155. 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).
Williams Companies financials
|Revenue TTM||US$10.3 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||34.08%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$6.1 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||5.27%|
|Return on equity TTM||20.67%|
|Market capitalisation||US$45 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Williams Companies share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 79.91% of net profits
Recently Williams Companies has paid out, on average, around 79.91% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.84% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Williams Companies shareholders could enjoy a 4.84% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Williams Companies's case, that would currently equate to about $1.768 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 December 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 December 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
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 Williams Companies.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
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 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.).
Williams Companies's environmental score
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.
Williams Companies's social score
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.
Williams Companies's governance score
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.
Williams Companies's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. 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
|Total ESG score||28|
|Total ESG percentile||39.58|
|Environmental score percentile||6|
|Social score percentile||6|
|Governance score percentile||6|
|Level of controversy||2|
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 Transmission & Gulf of Mexico, Northeast G&P, West, and Gas & NGL Marketing Services segments. The Transmission & Gulf of Mexico segment comprises Transco and Northwest natural gas pipelines; and natural gas gathering and processing, and crude oil production handling and transportation assets in the Gulf Coast region, as well as various petrochemical and feedstock pipelines. The Northeast G&P segment engages in the midstream gathering, processing, and fractionation activities in the Marcellus Shale region primarily in Pennsylvania and New York, and the Utica Shale region of eastern Ohio. The West segment comprises gas gathering, processing, and treating operations in the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado and Wyoming, the Barnett Shale region of north-central Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas, the Haynesville Shale region of northwest Louisiana, and the Mid-Continent region, which includes the Anadarko, Arkoma, and Permian basins; and operates natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation and storage facilities in central Kansas near Conway. The Gas & NGL Marketing Services segment provides wholesale marketing, trading, storage, and transportation of natural gas for natural gas utilities, municipalities, power generators, and producers; risk and asset management; and NGL marketing services. The company owns and operates 33,000 miles of pipelines, 29 processing facilities, 7 fractionation facilities, and approximately 24 million barrels of NGL storage capacity. The Williams Companies, Inc. was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Stocks similar to Williams Companies
Frequently asked questions
More guides on Finder
Shein IPO: How to invest in the Shein IPO
What you need to know about investing in Shein from Australia.
Best performing stocks on the ASX in 2023 (Updated weekly)
Looking for the best performing stocks in Australia? We update this list weekly.
Tiger Brokers review for Australians
If you're thinking of trading stocks with Tiger Brokers, check out our review of this online broker's fees, safety and pros and cons first.
How to buy Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA ADR (GOL) shares in Australia
Steps to owning and managing Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA shares from Australia.
How to buy Caltex Australia shares
Steps to owning and managing Caltex Australia shares from .
A beginner’s guide to Lego investing
Looking for alternative investments? With a ROI of up to 3,593% lego may be worth considering. Read on to find out which lego sets are worth the investment.
The cheapest stock brokers in Australia (Dec 2023)
Find cheap stock brokerage in Australia when buying and selling shares on the ASX and other international exchanges.
What is the money market?
Learn about the money market and everyday consumer money market products.
Is investing in crowdfunding a safe investment?
Equity crowdfunding offers a unique opportunity for investors and for Australian startups, but Australia’s regulatory framework surrounding crowdfunding still lags behind the rest of the world.
The best trading platforms in Australia
Follow these tips to find the best share trading platform for you.
Ask an Expert