The Williams Cos Inc (WMB): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

The basic materials sector closed the day down 2.4%. Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), Uranium Resources Inc ( URRE), WSP Holdings ( WH), and Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU) were all winners today within the basic materials sector with Williams Cos Inc ( WMB) being today's featured basic materials winner. Williams Cos Inc rose 42 cents (1.4%) to $29.48 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20.9 million shares of Williams Cos Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares.

The Williams Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in finding, producing, gathering, processing, and transporting natural gas primarily in the United States. Williams Cos Inc has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates The Williams Cos as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Jaguar Mining Inc ( JAG), Agnico-Eagle Mines ( AEM), Nevsun Resources ( NSU), and Golden Star Resources ( GSS) were all losers within the basic materials sector with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) being today's basic materials sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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