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Williams Companies



) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Williams Companies rose 57 cents (1.6%) to $36.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.4 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.78-$36.78 after having opened the day at $35.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.98. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Harvest Natural Resources



), up 16%,

ECA Marcellus Trust I



), up 13.4%,

Dejour Energy



), up 13.2%, and

BMB Munai



), up 9.4%.

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The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company. Williams Companies has a market cap of $23.98 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Companies as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Torch Energy Royalty



), down 11.8%,

New Concept Energy



), down 8.4%,

Adams Resources & Energy



), down 7.5%, and

GeoGlobal Resources



), down 7.3%, were all laggards within the energy industry with

Marathon Petroleum



) being today's energy industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider

Energy Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

Proshares Short Oil & Gas




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