WMB - The Williams Companies, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
23.04
+0.13 (+0.57%)
At close: 4:01PM EDT

23.04 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 5:03PM EDT

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Previous Close22.91
Open22.96
Bid22.91 x 4000
Ask23.03 x 2900
Day's Range22.85 - 23.07
52 Week Range20.36 - 29.55
Volume10,951,286
Avg. Volume8,249,642
Market Cap28.06B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.43
PE Ratio (TTM)523.64
EPS (TTM)0.04
Earnings DateOct 30, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.52 (6.63%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-09-12
1y Target Est29.36
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