Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) is trading at unusually high volume Thursday with 13.4 million shares changing hands. It is currently at two times its average daily volume and trading up $1.22 (+3.4%) at $36.82 as of 3:50 p.m. ET.
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Williams Companies has a market cap of $25.24 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company. The company has a P/E ratio of 37, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Williams Companies Ratings Report. See all heavy volume stocks in our stocks moving on unusual volume list or get investment ideas from our investment research center. Exclusive Offer: Jim Cramer's 'go-to' small/mid-cap guru Bryan Ashenberg only buys stocks he thinks could return 50-100% See his top picks for 14-days FREE.