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  • Roger S. Conrad

Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth.

Roger built his reputation with Utility Forecaster, a publication he founded more than 20 years ago that The Hulbert Financial Digest routinely ranked as one of the best investment newsletters. He’s also a sought-after expert on master limited partnerships (MLP) and former Canadian royalty trusts.

In April 2013, Roger reunited with his long-time friend and colleague, Elliott Gue, becoming co-editor of Energy & Income Advisor, a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector.

Although the masthead may have changed, readers can count on Roger to deliver the same high-quality analysis and rational assessment of the best dividend-paying utilities, MLPs and dividend-paying Canadian energy names.

Articles

Fear Rules But Q2 Earnings Measure Up

Second quarter results and guidance updates are now all in for Actively Managed Portfolio companies. Investors fleeing energy aren’t paying attention to the mostly positive numbers and guidance we’ve highlighted. But they continue to indicate a powerful reversal higher, particularly if oil prices can hold their summer trading range of $50 to $60 a barrel.

When Emotions are High Expect a Reversal

Once again, fear has the energy sector in its talons. Benchmark WTI Cushing oil has yet to break its mid-June low. But the S&P 500 Energy Index has already dropped by nearly 9 percent this month alone.

The Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index is down more than 11 percent. Worst hit of all have been mid-sized independent producers and the midstream companies and MLPs that serve them.

For example, Antero Midstream Corp (NYSE: AM) and Antero Resources (NYSE: AR) are off by 14.5 percent and 19 percent so far this month, respectively. Oasis Petroleum (NYSE: OAS) and Oasis Midstream Partners (NYSE: OMP) are lower by 49 percent and 22.6 percent, respectively.

Q2 Earnings Part Two

Midstream: The Strong Get Stronger

Chances are you’ve seen the disqualifier “past performance may not be predictive of future results.” But while that’s perfectly apropos for financial products and services, the opposite is increasingly true for midstream energy companies and MLPs.

Endangered Dividends List

There have been no distribution cuts since the previous issue of Energy and Income Advisor. EQM Midstream Partners (NYSE: EQM), its 58.49 percent owner and general partner Equitrans Midstream Corp (NYSE: ETRN), GasLog Partners (NYSE: GLOP), Martin Midstream Partners (NSDQ: MMLP) and Vermilion Energy (TSX: VET, NYSE: VET) have all reported second quarter results and issued guidance.

Finding Value in Canada

The big oil price collapse that prompted a bear market in energy stocks and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) started 5 years ago this summer.

There were two crucial changes – discussed at length in these pages in late 2014 – that prompted the collapse. First, the US shale revolution kicked into high gear as improvements in technology and efficiency helped propel US oil production to all-time record highs. Just consider: the US is now the world’s largest producer of crude oil, a fact that would have been considered inconceivable a decade ago.

Second, OPEC recognized this shift and was unwilling to continue to accommodate shale’s rising shale production through a never-ending string of production cutbacks and lowered quotas.

These two key changes, not fully appreciated by most market participants, were behind our 2014 sell calls in crude oil and many popular energy stocks.

Today, 5 years post-collapse, we believe the market is once again failing to appreciate 2 crucial changes now underway.

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  • Portfolios & Ratings

    • Model Portfolios

      Balanced portfolios of energy stocks for aggressive and conservative investors.

    • Producers and Drillers

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

    • MLPs and Midstream

      Our assessment of every energy-related master limited partnership.

    • International Coverage

      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