NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

Williams Partners

(NYSE:

WPZ

) is tomorrow, February 1, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 76 cents per share. At a price of $62.11 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.9%.

The average volume for Williams has been 264,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Williams has a market cap of $18.83 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

chemicals

industry. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Williams Partners L.P. focuses on natural gas transportation, gathering, treating and processing, storage, natural gas liquid fractionation, and oil transportation activities in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Gas Pipeline, and Midstream Gas and Liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the average chemicals industry P/E ratio of 15.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Williams as a

buy

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

Williams Ratings Report

.

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