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With roughly two dozen MLPs (excluding upstream names) offering yields of more than 8 percent, the frequency with which readers asks us about these stocks has increased.

In High-Yield MLPs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, we dig into about half these names—we’ll cover the rest in the second February issue—highlighting the ones worth buying and the ones you should sell. Note that a Hold rating means that investors shouldn’t allocate new capital to the name in question. We will continue to monitor Hold-rated names for signs of further deterioration.

We also dig into the tanker market (see Tanker Talk), once a happy hunting ground for investors seeking big yields that eventually turned sour.

The last bull market for oil tankers stretched from the early 2000s to 2007, fueled by insufficient capacity in the global fleet after the phase-out of single-hull vessels and rapidly growing oil demand and China and other emerging markets.

However, overzealous ordering of new capacity, coupled with the onset of the Great Recession, saddled the tanker market with a severe supply overhang that depressed day-rates below the break-even rates for many shipowners.

For the first time in eight years, the supply-demand balance has tightened to the point that this long-neglected space could offer significant near-term upside for aggressive investors.

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