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Big Time

Our favorite integrated oil companies’ bulletproof balance sheets are huge advantages in an environment where oil prices remain lower for longer. Big Oil has endured a great deal of criticism about massive capital expenditures and limited production growth, but unlike cash-strapped producers these companies have the wherewithal to address their shortcomings.

Get out of My Dreams and into My Portfolio

There’s more pain coming for MLPs in the near term, creating a real buying opportunity for investors with a longer time horizon. To help you out, we’ve created a list of Dream Buy Prices for our favorite MLPs in an effort to take advantage of any panic that might ensue if our forecast pans out and oil prices suffer another leg down.

The View from the Oil-Field Services Industry

Schlumberger’s wide-ranging earnings calls have long provided investors with useful insights into bigger-picture trends and developments affecting the energy value chain, thanks to the firm’s forthright management team and the breadth of its oil-field service offerings. In these uncertain times, investors should heed CEO Paal Kibsgaard comments on the supply-demand balance in global oil markets and the various forces pushing and pulling crude prices.

Changes to the International Portfolio

We expect even the hardest-hit International Portfolio holdings to survive the current down-cycle. However, we have concerns about how long this recovery might take; in some instances, we’re be better off taking a loss and re-allocating capital to stocks that stand a better chance of making money over the next few years.

 

Bond Update

In December 2014, we highlighted a basket of undervalued bonds issued primarily by upstream master limited partnerships (MLP) that we thought would rally if they cut their distributions to shore up their balance sheets and focus on paying down debt. We also reasoned that these securities would pop on any relief rally in energy prices. This strategy worked nicely and we took some decent profits off the table. A similar opportunity appears to be in the works.

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