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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.


Energy: Ready, Set, Buy!

Since our previous issue of Energy and Income Advisor, oil prices have ticked back over $50 a barrel. And the combination of last year’s literal industry-wide investment freeze with energy demand rising faster than expected means they’ll stay there in 2021, with a possible run into the 60s at some point.

How much of what we’ve already seen for energy prices is priced into sector stocks? The last time oil was firmly over $50, back in February 2020, Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD) traded roughly one-third higher than it does now. The same was true for fellow Model Portfolio holding ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM).

So was high quality midstream Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP). So were leading oilfield services company Schlumberger Ltd (NYSE: SLB) and Concho Resources (NYSE: CXO), which fetched what’s since become a high premium takeover bid from ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP).

Endangered Dividends List

There were no dividend cuts announced in our coverage universes since the previous issue of Energy and Income Advisor. That’s because declaration dates for winter payouts aren’t until next month. But there is growing reason to expect far fewer reductions this year than in 2020, or in fact any year since oil prices first broke under $100 per barrel for the cycle back in mid-2014.

Portfolio: From the Bottom Up

Brookfield Renewable Corporation (NYSE: BEPC)—the C-Corp spinoff of Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (NYSE: BEP)—has returned nearly 110 percent since hitting the market on July 24. That pairs with the more than 70 percent return in Brookfield’s limited partnership units.

Eyes on the Energy Cycle

Sustained crude oil prices in the $50 to $60 per barrel range next year might not sound like a big deal. In fact, it wouldn’t represent much of a gain from the mid-to-high 40s range held by North American benchmarks lately. And Brent crude is already mostly there, depending on what measurement you use.

A return to that level of oil prices in 2021 would, however, represent a massive change from the environment of the past year. And it would be a major departure from the generally downtrending direction of prices since the energy bear market began way back in 2014.

More important, our view is 50s oil would also be a powerful catalyst for a shift in investor psychology regards the energy sector. It’s true that we’ve seen that level before many times in the past six years. And while a bounce to $50 plus was enough for many energy stocks to stage a big recovery in 2016-17, staying there wasn’t to prevent flat lining and later falling share from second half 2019 into 2020.

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    • 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