NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Williams Partners (NYSE: WPZ) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it traded at $51.50 compared with its previous 52-Week high of $51.48. Williams is changing hands at $51.35 with 6,260 shares traded as of 9:32 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 466,700 shares over the past 30 days.

Williams has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are up 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Williams Partners L.P., a diversified master limited partnership, focuses on transporting; gathering, treating, and processing; storing natural gas; and natural gas liquid fractionating and oil transporting activities. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.2.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Williams Ratings Report.

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