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 $0.38 (-1.1%) to $35.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,751,690 shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,935,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.83-$36.33 after having opened the day at $36.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.30. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 25.8%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 16.7%, Forest Oil ( FST), down 9.6% and HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 7.4%.

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company. Williams Companies has a market cap of $25.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 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 increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Clayton Williams Energy ( CWEI), up 9.3%, Penn Virginia Corporation ( PVA), up 8.8%, Halcon Resources ( HK), up 8.3% and TransGlobe Energy Corporation ( TGA), up 8.1% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) 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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