NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Williams Cos. (WMB) - Get Reportstock was higher in late afternoon trading on Friday as the company prepares to post 2016 third quarter earnings on Monday before the market open.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet are looking for the Tulsa-based energy infrastructure company to report adjusted earnings of 19 cents per share on revenue of $1.82 billion.

In the year-ago quarter, Williams posted adjusted earnings of 22 cents per share on $1.80 billion in revenue.

RBC Capital Markets recently initiated coverage of the stock with an "outperform" rating and $39 price target, according to the Fly.

The firm said that in 2018 and beyond, Williams as a standalone company can disproportionately benefit from execution in organic growth, asset sales and new equity.

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This should trigger higher cash flow, RBC noted.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

TheStreet Ratings rated this stock as a "hold" with a ratings score of C-.

Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: WMB

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