Williams Companies Inc (WMB): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

Williams Companies ( WMB) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Williams Companies rose $0.75 (2.4%) to $32.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,234,144 shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,516,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.56-$33.94 after having opened the day at $33.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.90. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Great Basin Gold ( GBG), up 15.6%, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 15.0%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), up 14.5% and PostRock Energy ( PSTR), up 11.2%.

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company. Williams Companies has a market cap of $21.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 negative front, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 14.1%, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), down 14.0%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 12.6% and Cubic Energy ( QBC), down 12.1% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Silver Wheaton Corporation ( SLW) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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