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Peter Staas is the former managing editor of the Conrad’s Utility Investor 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 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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Dividends Aren’t Enough in a Tough Tape for E&P Stocks

Anadarko Petroleum and Pioneer Natural Resources announced dividend increases and share buybacks earlier this week, signaling a commitment to capital discipline and returning capital to shareholders. But concerns about US production growth and the near-term risk posed by the massive long position money managers have amassed in Brent and Wext Texas Intermediate futures have ruled the day.

MLPs: Review and Outlook

We explain why we remain selectively bullish on master limited partnerships in 2018, discuss key opportunities and areas of risk, analyze trends in mergers and acquisitions, and highlight our favorite picks for the coming year.

Surveying the Oil-Field Services Landscape

The tale of two cycles looks set to continue for another year. Drilling activity may have bottomed in the international markets, but pricing pressure will persist until price deflation improves break-evens and upstream operators have more confidence in the outlook for oil prices. Meanwhile, some US exploration and production companies may moderate their spending increases relative to last year, but this short-cycle market remains the best bet for incremental growth and pricing gains in 2018–especially if our call for oil prices to average between $55 and $60 per barrel pans out. Given our preference for US exposure at this point in the cycle, we review the challenges, opportunities and market dynamics in three prominent onshore service lines through the lens of companies’ third-quarter results: contract drilling, pressure pumping and proppant.

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