Williams Companies, Inc.

  • 3 Energy Plays Worth Watching

    By Victor Selva - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, KMI, WMB

    Declines in fuel oil and natural gas offset each other in June. The energy component of the CPI rose 3.4% as gasoline prices jumped 6.3% and natural gas dropped 1%. Meanwhile, the IMF affirmed rising risks for the Chinese economic outlook and the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke reiterated that the timing for tapering was flexible, data dependent. Exploration and Production (E&P) companies are directly exposed more »

  • Why Make the Less Sexy Bet on Energy?

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: KMI, OKE, TRP, WMB

    Sure transportation and storage doesn't sound as sexy as exploring, extracting and refining oil and gas, but it can still make investors money. The major oil and gas transportation companies also provide solid income. 

    What's more, for investors looking to avoid the confusion and increased headache related to tax filings (i.e. receiving K-1s) that comes with investing in limited partnerships, there are energy transport corporations available. The more »

  • 3 Oil and Gas Pipeline Companies to Buy for Long-Term Growth

    By Shweta Dubey - July 4, 2013 | Tickers: ETE, ETP, SE, WMB

    As a result of global warming, oil and gas companies are shifting focus toward natural gas from coal as a source of energy generation. Natural gas produces less carbon dioxide compared to coal; driving the growing demand for it. Its global demand is expected to reach 342  billion cubic feet per day, or bcfpd, in 2015 from 298 bcfpd in 2007. Oil and gas pipeline companies are expanding their operations more »

  • Screening Dividend Stocks for Potential Future Growth, Part Two

    By Karin Hernandez - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: CBRL, SXL, WMB

    In Part One of this article, I described the new WisdomTree US Dividend Growth Fund and its managers' effort to distinguish their methodology in a very crowded Dividend ETF market.

    The fund's management says that they will be looking at forward earnings projections and trailing 3-year returns on equity and assets in order to determine which companies are good candidates for future dividend increases. They eschew the traditional metrics more »

  • The Strategy Behind My Perfect Dividend Portfolio

    By Karin Hernandez - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: EPD, SXL, WMB

    The problem with most investors is that they do not have a portfolio strategy at all.

    They may pick up a stock here or there, because they read a great write-up about it on CNBC.com, or they heard Jim Cramer really recommended it, or their brother-in-law gave them a hot tip.

    They probably have a mish-mash of individual stocks and mutual funds, some that they are now carrying at more »

  • How to Consistently Outperform the Market

    By Shmulik Karpf - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: APAGF, CHK, WMB, WPX

    A surprisingly unappetizing area of investing -- boring, very complicated, and usually very distant from the hearts of the mass financial media -- can also prove lucrative and rewarding to investors who bother to investigate it. If you're interested in outperforming the general market consistently over the years, here's why you ought to be investing in spinoffs.

    What's a spinoff?

    Spinoffs can take many forms, but the end result more »

  • Multi-Billion Investment Group's Top Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: DHR, ICE, MIC, TPX, WMB

    Doug Silverman's Senator Investment Group has filed its 13F with the SEC, disclosing many of its long equity positions as of the end of March. We track these filings for a variety of purposes: we have found that they can be a useful source of information for investing strategies (for example, the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds generate an average excess return of 18 percentage points more »

  • Betting on Hydrocarbon Infrastructure

    By Marshall Hargrave - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: KMI, OKE, WMB, WPZ

    For investors looking to play the natural gas industry, some of the best companies are in the oil and gas transport industry. The Energy Information Administration expects U.S. liquid fuels consumption to increase by 0.1% in 2013, after falling 2.1% in 2012. Part of what will drive this is the expected rise in demand for natural gas liquids (NGLs). 

    There are a number of pipeline companies that more »

  • Building a Solid Income Growth Portfolio: Part 1

    By Piyush Arora - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: KMP, WMB, WPZ

    Mater Liability Partnerships, or MLPs, generally have steady cash flow and distribute the bulk of earnings to their unit holders. Since MLPs aren't required to pay taxes on their income, they sport a 5% to 8% yield, which is backed by their consistent cash flows. However, the downside is that MLPs generally don’t have much growth potential and investors have to pay taxes on the distributions. But for more »

  • 3 Big Players in the Oil & Gas Sector

    By Victor Selva - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: ACMP, CHK, SNP, KMI, WMB, WPZ

    The oil and gas business is one of the most profitable in the planet. Some major players offer specific services and products and, therefore, interesting investment prospects. In this article we will examine Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK), Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) and Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) so as to elucidate how profitable they can be for investors.

    A bet on the natural gas 

    Independent oil and gas company Chesapeake Energy more »

  • Keep an Eye on This Energy Play

    By Victor Selva - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, XOM, WMB

    Williams (NYSE: WMB) is a company with almost 100 years of experience in the energy infrastructure sector. This track record has provided an advantageous position to connect natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) sources to areas of increasing demand.

    Given this condition, the firm offers one of the best long-term growth prospects within the segment. Its stock is expected to reach a target price of $49 within the next more »

  • A Company Pumping Liquid Gold Into Investors’ Portfolios

    By Ryan Guenette - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: EPB, KMI, TRP, WMB

    A leading natural gas transportation company, El Paso Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: EPB) has just announced it will raise its quarterly dividend payout to $0.62 per share, representing the 5th dividend increase the company has made since the beginning of 2012. This trend of dividend increases has sent El Paso’s quarterly dividend payouts up 376.92% since the company’s IPO in late 2007, from $0.13 more »

  • Chasing Natural Gas Higher

    By Marshall Hargrave - April 13, 2013 | Tickers: COG, WMB, WPX

    Natural gas production has been subdued of late, which sounds like an overall negative for natural gas production stocks, but not if rising natural gas prices more than offset this volume decline. 
    There are three intriguing natural gas companies that are up nicely over the past month, WPX Energy (NYSE: WPX)Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) and Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE: COG). Since the beginning of March, all of these stocks more »
  • Billionaire Betting on This Dividend ‘Fab Five’

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, F, JPM, M, WMB

    Billionaire Bruce Kovner retired in 2011 from Caxton Associates LP, an investment firm he founded in 1983. Over 28 years at the helm of his firm, Kovner successfully managed to produce an average annualized return of 21%, double the annual return of the S&P 500 index over the same period (see his full bio here). Even though Kovner is no longer at Caxton, he still retains a substantial minority more »

  • My Perfect Divided Portfolio - Summary and Update

    By Karin Hernandez - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: ABT, ABBV, EPD, LMT, MDP, PRE, SXL, WMB

    In December, I started building what I call my Perfect Dividend Portfolio – one company at a time, and analyzing each company using a rating system I developed myself.

    I review the stocks on seven different criteria; I feel that my selection covers the company’s past dividend-paying history, its potential future earnings growth, and the valuation of the company.

    The company must be yielding at least 3.0% annually, it more »

  • 5 Stocks Hedge Funds Love

    By Marshall Hargrave - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAP, ABX, SBUX, VRX, WMB

    After reviewing the hedge fund filings for last quarter, there are five stocks that stood out as being loved by hedge funds. The hedge fund activity in these five stocks were flagged as "unusual" in the sense that they saw a number of major investors that have to disclose their holdings to the SEC quarterly upping their stakes in the company. A few are "under the radar" picks and lesser more »
  • 3 Great Picks from Fir Tree Partners

    By Laura Paur - March 1, 2013 | Tickers: EQIX, GOOG, WMB

    In this article I analyze Fir Tree Partners portfolio. Fir Tree Partners is a New York City based privately owned investment hedge fund founded by Jeffrey Tannenbaum in 1994. The fund has been averaging a healthy return of 28% annually since its inception, beating the S&P 500 index by over 18%. Today, the firm manages over seven billion dollars on behalf of major endowments, foundations, pension funds (private and more »

  • Building My Dividend Portfolio - Williams Companies

    By Karin Hernandez - February 14, 2013 | Tickers: EPD, KMP, WMB

    This is part eight of a ten-part series, which I will be publishing every week until the entire portfolio has been introduced. You can see Part One here, Abbott Laboratories; Part Two, PartnerRe Limited; Part Three, Enterprise Products Partners; Part Four, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store; Part Five, Meredith Corp; Part Six, Lockheed Martin; and Part Seven, Sunoco Logistics Partners.

    I have been analyzing dividend companies for close to a more »

  • Pipeline Stocks Hennessy Advisors Bought in the Fourth Quarter

    By Aubrey Tabuga - January 25, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, KMI, SE, TRP, WMB

    Hennessy Advisors, Inc. is a fast-growing publicly traded investment firm that manages a set of formula-driven mutual funds called the Hennessy Funds. It is headed by Neil Hennessy, a multi-year lister at Barron’s Top 100 Managers. In October 2012, the Novato-based firm successfully acquired ten investment funds formerly managed by FBR Funds. This move has increased its assets under management by 287% and fully diluted earnings per share by more »

  • Chesapeake Continues Shedding its Debt Skin

    By Peter Pham - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: ACMP, CHK, CVX, PAA, WMB

    The second largest American natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) is still in the process of disposing of assets, which has its finances stretched to the limit.  Chesapeake’s debt to equity ratio of 105.8% and current ratio of 0.56 reveal a company whose financial position is still extremely delicate – and that’s putting it delicately for a company short on cash and laboring under a $16 more »

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