2. As of noon trading, Williams Partners ( WPZ) is down $0.60 (-1.2%) to $51.28 on light volume Thus far, 290,392 shares of Williams Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.02-$51.88 after having opened the day at $51.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.88.

Williams Partners L.P., an energy infrastructure company, focuses on connecting North America's hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL). It operates in two segments, Gas Pipeline and Midstream Gas & Liquids. Williams Partners has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Williams Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Partners as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Williams Partners Ratings Report now.

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