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Williams Companies

(

WMB

) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Williams Companies fell $0.72 (-1.7%) to $41.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,040,726 shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,412,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.06-$42.09 after having opened the day at $42.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.05. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

Eagle Rock Energy Partners

(

EROC

), down 16.9%,

Ikonics

(

IKNX

), down 10.4%,

Core Laboratories

(

CLB

), down 9.2% and

MagneGas

(

MNGA

), down 6.7%.

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company. Williams Companies has a market cap of $28.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Williams Companies

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Magellan Petroleum

TheStreet Recommends

(

MPET

), up 10.8%,

Synergy Resources

(

SYRG

), up 7.6%,

Solitario Exploration & Royalty

(

XPL

), up 7.3% and

Clayton Williams Energy

(

CWEI

), up 7.3% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with

Vale

(

VALE

) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

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

Materials Select Sector SPDR

(

XLB

) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).

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