Williams Companies (WMB) Off To A Strong Start In Pre-Market Activity

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Williams Companies ( WMB) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Williams Companies as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • WMB has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $305.8 million.
  • WMB traded 13,196 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:46 AM.
  • WMB is up 6.3% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on WMB:

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Williams Partners, Access Midstream, and Williams NGL & Petchem Services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.5%. WMB has a PE ratio of 74. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Williams Companies has been 5.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Williams Companies has a market cap of $38.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 0.95 and a short float of 2.2% with 2.75 days to cover. Shares are up 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 50.00% to $669.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WILLIAMS COS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -51.31%.
  • The gross profit margin for WILLIAMS COS INC is rather high; currently it is at 50.52%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 4.07% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. In comparison to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, WILLIAMS COS INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, WMB has significantly outperformed against the industry average of 37.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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