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Elliott Gue knows energy. Since earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of London, Elliott has dedicated himself to learning the ins and outs of this dynamic sector, scouring trade magazines, attending industry conferences, touring facilities and meeting with management teams.

Elliott Gue’s knowledge of the energy sector and prescient investment calls prompted the official program of the 2008 G-8 Summit in Tokyo to call him “the world’s leading energy strategist.”

He has also appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and has been quoted in a number of major publications, including Barron’s, Forbes and the Washington Post. Elliott Gue’s expertise and track record of success have also made him a sought-after speaker at MoneyShows and events hosted by the Association of Individual Investors.

Elliott Gue also contributed chapters on developments in global energy markets to two books published by the FT Press, The Silk Road to Riches: How You Can Profit by Investing in Asia’s Newfound Prosperity and Rise of the State: Profitable Investing and Geopolitics in the 21st Century.

Prior to founding the Capitalist Times, Elliott Gue shared his expertise and stock-picking abilities with individual investors in two highly regarded research publications, MLP Profits and The Energy Strategist, as well as long-running financial advisory Personal Finance.

In October 2012, Elliott Gue launched the Energy & Income Advisor, a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector, from growth stocks to high-yielding utilities, royalty trusts and master limited partnerships.

The masthead may have changed, but subscribers can expect Elliott Gue to deliver the same high-quality analysis and rational assessment of investment opportunities in the energy patch.

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2018 Macro Outlook

At the outset of each year, the Energy & Income Advisor team reviews its big-picture calls from the previous 12 months and digests the lessons from our successes and failures. This self-reflection on what went wrong and what went right helps us to hone our investment strategy.

We also highlight our outlook for the coming year to set a basic framework that informs our positioning and helps to remove some of the emotion from the investment process. As always, none of our forecasts are set in stone; rather, these views necessarily will evolve as economic and market conditions change over time. In a dynamic market, what’s right at the outset of the year might no longer hold at the midway point.

Recent issues of Energy & Income Advisor have highlighted our outlook for energy stocks, master limited partnerships (MLP), and our International Portfolio. This time around, we’ll delve into four macro topics: the economy, the US equity market, crude-oil prices and natural-gas prices.

 

Outlook for US Equities

he S&P 500 may have reached new highs in 2017, but our call for a bumpier ride couldn’t have been more wrong: The index hasn’t experienced a correction of more than 5 percent since summer 2016—the longest uninterrupted rally in its history. We explain our base case for US equities in 2018.

Economic Outlook for 2018

Our call for the US economy to expand by 2 to 2.5 percent in 2017 panned out, thanks to strong growrth in the second and third quarters. We look at historical data and trends in some of our favorite leading indicators to challenge some popular wisdom and develop a nuanced economic outlook for 2018.

Outlook for Crude Oil and Natural Gas

We leaned against the consensus outlook for oil prices twice last year, expressing skepticism toward the rally that occurred in WTI after OPEC announced its production agreement and turning bullish in July. These calls were directionally right. Here are our expectations for 2018 and the risks to our outlook.

The Case for Energy Stocks

A year ago, we reasoned that energy stocks could outperform the broader stock market despite our projections for weak oil prices in the first half of the year. Our thesis hinged on our view that oil prices would average about $50 per barrel in 2017 and that many US shale players, especially early entrants in the Permian Basin and central Oklahoma’s STACK play, could earn strong returns on capital in this environment.

Although we were consistently negative on some large-cap master limited partnerships (MLP) last year—including Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE: ETP) and Plains All-American Pipeline LP (NYSE: PAA)—we expected select midstream operators to fare well in 2017. Our preferred names offered exposure to the Permian Basin and other areas where temporary dips in oil prices wouldn’t affect activity levels.

This bullish outlook proved to be our biggest miss a year ago: Energy was the second worst-performing sector in the S&P 500, and the Alerian MLP Index gave up 6.5 percent of its value. Few energy stocks avoided the carnage that engulfed the sector over the first eight months of 2017. Even high-quality upstream and midstream names like Concho Resources (NYSE: CXO), EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG) and Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) found themselves caught up in the bloodbath.

However, it’s always darkest just before the dawn. We thought that this indiscriminate selloff resembled the classic, panic-driven plunges that tend to occur toward the end of the bear market and positioned the Focus List accordingly. Energy stocks have outperformed in the new year, but we remain bullish on the sector for four reasons.

Focus List (Mostly) Outperforms and Portfolio Updates

The improved outlook for oil prices and the rotation into energy stocks has lifted most boats in the sector, though we’re pleased that nine of the 13 names on our Focus List have outperformed the S&P 500 Energy Index over an equivalent holding period. We review our Focus List and discuss earnings and other pertinent developments affecting our Portfolio holdings.

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  • Portfolios & Ratings

    • Model Portfolios

      Balanced portfolios of energy stocks for aggressive and conservative investors.

    • Coverage Universe

      Our take on more than 50 energy-related equities, from upstream to downstream and everything in between.

    • MLP Ratings

      Our assessment of every energy-related master limited partnership.

    • International Coverage Universe

      Roger Conrad’s coverage of more than 70 dividend-paying energy names.

    Experts

    • Elliott H. Gue

      Founder and Chief Analyst: Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor

    • Roger S. Conrad

      Founder and Chief Analyst: Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor