5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Williams Partners

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, midstream energy partnership Williams Partners (NYSE: WPZ  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Williams and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Williams facts

Headquarters (founded) Tulsa, Okla. (2005)
Market Cap $18.6 billion
Industry Oil and gas storage and transportation
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $6.8 billion
Management CEO Alan Armstrong (since 2011)
CFO Donald Chappel (since 2005)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 32%
Cash/Debt $34.0 million / $7.6 billion
Dividend Yield 6.1%
Competitors Enterprise Products Partners
Kinder Morgan
TransMontaigne

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 273 members who have rated Williams believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, angman66, tapped the stock as a particularly attractive income opportunity: "[Williams] will benefit from increased demand for LNG. They will be very active in the building of infrastructure to deliver this cheap energy. Also, as [master limited partnership] they pay distributions equal to about [a 6% dividend yield]."

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  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2012, at 10:20 AM, ChessBob wrote:

    I hope your right. Williams Partners been one of my few losers this year. I would love this stock to pop.

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