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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Williams Companies fell $1.07 (-2.6%) to $40.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,810,751 shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,397,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.63-$41.36 after having opened the day at $41.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.76. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Midcoast Energy Partners ( MEP), down 9.4%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 9.1%, Dawson Geophysical Company ( DWSN), down 6.3% and KiOR ( KIOR), down 5.8%.

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company. Williams Companies has a market cap of $28.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.3% 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 4 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, Recon Technology ( RCON), up 12.9%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), up 8.6%, Matador Resources ( MTDR), up 7.3% and Energy XXI ( EXXI), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Marathon Oil ( MRO) 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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