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Feature Article

Midstream Madness

Midstream names have regained a good chunk of their losses over the past few days, but investors still have questions about the extent to which the recent retrenchment in crude-oil prices will affect their growth prospects. We highlight our favorites.

Buying the Selloff: Upbeat on Downstream Operators

Shares of US refiners have languished in recent months, but out outlook for regional crude-oil prices suggests that our two favorites should be in the money once again in 2015. Meanwhile, our favorite airline stock provides a hedge against lower crude-oil prices and has sold off precipitously amid fears that an ebola pandemic will curtail travel. Buy now.

More CAPEX, More Problems: A Survey of Big Oil

When casual investors think of the energy stocks, one of the Seven Sisters—BP (NYSE: BP) NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX), Eni (NYSE: E), Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS B), Statoil (NYSE: STO) and Total (NYSE: TOT)—likely springs to mind.

But these Western energy giants have come in for a great deal of criticism over the past several years, as investors lose patience with the industry’s massive capital investments and limited production growth.

Updated Oil Outlook

Although near-term trends in energy prices have always been difficult to predict, the boom in US crude-oil output has made regional and global supply-demand pictures even more complex.

Here’s a look at trends in crude-oil markets around the world and where we see prices headed over the next few quarters.

International Update

Our International Portfolio has fared well since its inception, with our conservative allocation generating a total return of 31.3 percent and our aggressive strategy overcoming an unprofitable bet on Just Energy (TSX: JE, NYSE: JE) to post a 12.4 percent gain. Seven of our picks have posted total returns of more than 30 percent. We round up the highlights from their second-quarter results and add a new name to our International Coverage Universe.

Q2 in Review: Aggressive MLP Portfolio

Our Aggressive MLP Portfolio has delivered a total return that’s on par with the Alerian MLP Index, as the big gains posted by our turnaround picks have been offset by higher-yielding fare that has lagged the market.

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    • Roger S. Conrad

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

    • Elliott H. Gue

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

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      Managing Editor: Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor