Global Hunter Securities Downgrades Williams Partners LP (WPZ) to Accumulate

February 25, 2013 7:54 AM EST
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Price: $40.16 -0.35%

Rating Summary:
    10 Buy, 13 Hold, 0 Sell

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    Up: 22 | Down: 32 | New: 34
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Global Hunter Securities downgraded Williams Partners LP (NYSE: WPZ) from Buy to Accumulate with a price target of $54.00.

The firm comments, "While we still believe risk/reward is favorable (especially after the price decline over the past few days), guidance was lowered meaningfully for 2013-2014. With distribution coverage now expected at approximately 0.9x for 2013, it seems like it will be 2014 before WPZ covers its distribution and 2015 before it generates a more normalized coverage cushion (greater than 1.1x). Until then, there will be a subset of investors that remain skeptical of 9% distribution growth. This may preclude WPZ from trading up to reflect a yield more appropriate for a 9% annual grower. All that said, we believe the stock grinds higher as it sees steady improvement in coverage."

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Shares of Williams Partners LP closed at $51.34 yesterday.

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