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 up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Williams Companies fell $1.30 (-3.7%) to $33.69 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.28-$35.40 after having opened the day at $34.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.99. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Berry Petroleum ( BRY), down 11.7%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 10%, Bill Barrett Corporation ( BBG), down 7.9%, and Endeavour International ( END), down 7%.
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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 $21.81 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

On the positive front, Isramco ( ISRL), up 13.9%, SM Energy ( SM), up 10.8%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), up 9.4%, and Unit Corporation ( UNT), up 8.4%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Chevron ( CVX) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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