Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Williams Companies

(

WMB

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

  • WMB has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $400.1 million.
  • WMB traded 62,501 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:29 AM.
  • WMB is down 5.4% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on WMB:

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Williams Partners, Access Midstream, and Williams NGL & Petchem Services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 6%. WMB has a PE ratio of 61. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Williams Companies has been 8.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Williams Companies has a market cap of $31.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 0.77 and a short float of 2.8% with 1.88 days to cover. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Williams Companies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 34.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, WILLIAMS COS INC's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • 49.37% is the gross profit margin for WILLIAMS COS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.19% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 160.06% to $814.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WILLIAMS COS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -19.71%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 10.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $103.00 million to $114.00 million.

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