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Peter Staas is managing editor of the Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor. He earned a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton and co-authored a textbook about real estate valuation models that’s used by federal bank examiners. Peter Staas also served as managing editor of Personal Finance, MLP Profits and The Energy Strategist, where he honed his understanding of global energy markets under the tutelage of investing experts Elliott Gue and Roger Conrad.

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More CAPEX, More Problems: A Survey of Big Oil

When casual investors think of the energy stocks, one of the Seven Sisters—BP (NYSE: BP) NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX), Eni (NYSE: E), Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS B), Statoil (NYSE: STO) and Total (NYSE: TOT)—likely springs to mind. But these Western energy giants have come in for a great deal of criticism over the past several years, as investors lose patience with the industry’s massive capital investments and limited production growth.

Making Sense of the Marcellus Shale’s Midstream Madness

The stakes are high for the masters of midstream, particularly in the Northeast where surging output of natural gas has overwhelmed local demand and existing takeaway capacity, depressing the prices at Pennsylvania’s Leidy Hub relative to the Henry Hub in Louisiana.

More Thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Mega-Deal and Its Implications

Rather than regarding Kinder Morgan Inc.’s consolidation of its associated limited partnerships as a referendum on the MLP structure or the end of an era, investors should regard this move as a fresh start for the midstream giant--an opportunity to reshape itself to meet the demands of the marketplace and competitive environment.

Robust Injections Validate Our Call for Retrenchment in US Natural-Gas Prices

Far too many investors and commentators mistook  last winter's surge in natural-gas prices as the start of a durable rally. But unless last winter marked the onset of a new ice age, the underlying supply and demand trends that prevailed before the polar vortex were always going to win out.

Three Forthcoming MLP IPOs to Buy

In addition to the seven energy-related MLPs that have completed their initial public offerings thus far in 2014, eight prospective publicly traded partnerships have filed their initial registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Three of these names stand out as good bets for investors.

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