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 $0.40 (-1.2%) to $33.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,113,168 shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,149,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.07-$33.48 after having opened the day at $33.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.64. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 13.2%, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 6.7%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 5.0% and Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 4.8%.
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The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company. Williams Companies has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 25.0%, Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), down 18.2%, Cubic Energy ( QBC), down 18.1% and Endeavour International ( END), down 12.8% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Halliburton Company ( HAL) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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