4-Star Dividend Stocks Poised to Pop: Williams

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, energy infrastructure company Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB  ) has earned a respected four-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. (1908)

Market Cap

$21.9 billion

Industry

Oil and gas storage and transportation

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$7.9 billion

Management

CEO Alan Armstrong (since 2011)
CFO Donald Chappel (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

9.3%

Cash / Debt

$101.0 million / $9.0 billion

Dividend Yield

3.6%

Competitors

Dynegy (NYSE: DYN  )
El Paso
ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM  )

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 541 members who have rated Williams believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those bulls, djohn1969, tapped the stock as a particularly tempting income opportunity:

Williams Companies is one of the best-run oil & gas infrastructure companies out there and is very shareholder friendly. For example, [Williams] currently pays a healthy 3.6% yield and management stated during the 2012 Analyst Day that it expects to raise the dividend every quarter in 2012 and continue raising the dividends through at least 2014. 
In addition to the value of the strong dividends, now that Williams has eliminated a lot of risk by spinning off its exploration business earlier this year [WPX Energy (NYSE: WPX  ) ], [Williams] stock price has been rising faster and more consistently.

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