Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Williams Partners

(

WPZ

) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Williams Partners as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • WPZ has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $61.5 million.
  • WPZ is up 8.2% today from today's close.

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More details on WPZ:

Williams Partners L.P. operates as an energy infrastructure company. It operates through Central, Northeast G&P, Atlantic-Gulf, West, and NGL & Petchem Services segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 9.5%. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Williams Partners has been 2.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Williams has a market cap of $21.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.54 and a short float of 3% with 4.73 days to cover. Shares are up 26.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Williams Partners as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for WILLIAMS PARTNERS LP is rather high; currently it is at 58.12%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.99% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $924.00 million or 32.56% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WILLIAMS PARTNERS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -49.80%.
  • WILLIAMS PARTNERS LP has improved earnings per share by 26.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WILLIAMS PARTNERS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$3.20 versus $0.95 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.80 versus -$3.20).
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, WILLIAMS PARTNERS LP's return on equity has significantly outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • WPZ's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 27.30%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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