Williams Partners LP (WPZ): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

Williams Partners ( WPZ) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Williams Partners rose 31 cents (0.5%) to $57.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 653,522 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 696,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.97-$57.75 after having opened the day at $57.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.13. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Penford Corporation ( PENX), up 5.2%, TPC Group ( TPCG), up 4.9%, Pure Bioscience ( PURE), up 3.6%, and Yongye International ( YONG), up 3.5%.

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. Williams Partners has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Currently there are five analysts that rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB), down 8.6%, Lizhan Environmental ( LZEN), down 8.5%, Sino Clean Energy ( SCEI), down 6.4%, and Braskem ( BAK), down 3.5%, were all losers within the chemicals industry with Monsanto Company ( MON) being today's chemicals industry loser.

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