Williams Companies Inc (WMB): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Williams Companies ( WMB) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Williams Companies fell 50 cents (-1.4%) to $35.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.12-$35.64 after having opened the day at $35.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.64. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 7.3%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 6.2%, Panhandle Oil and Gas ( PHX), down 5.4%, and KiOR ( KIOR), down 4.3%.
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The Williams Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in finding, producing, gathering, processing, and transporting natural gas primarily in the United States. Williams Companies has a market cap of $22.27 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 56.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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