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Investing Topics: Midstream

Focus Up

Our Focus List has continued to outperform the S&P 500 Energy Index over equivalent holding periods. Note that we have dropped MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) from the Focus List after the stock gained more than 25 percent since early December and traded above our value-based buy target for more than a month.

On The Record: Key Quotes From Midstream MLPs’ Fourth-Quarter Earnings Calls

While reading through transcripts of master limited partnerships’ fourth-quarter earnings calls, we compiled a series of quotes from management teams that provide insight into some of the macro trends that will continue to drive returns and opportunities in the space.

Focus List Update And Noteworthy Portfolio Developments

Since its reinstatement in early December 2016, the Energy & Income Advisor Focus List has generated an average total return of 9.6 percent, outperforming the S&P 500 Energy Index’s average loss of 4.5 percent over an equivalent holding period. We dig into fourth-quarter results from companies on our Focus List and in our Model Portfolios.

 

Natural-Gas Pipelines: Pump up the Volumes

The best-positioned natural-gas pipelines have benefited from surging production in the Marcellus Shale as well as growing demand for the thermal fuel among utilities, thanks to ultra-low prices and the retirement of coal-fired power plants. This tailwind looks set to continue in coming years, which helps to explain the accelerating pace of merger and acquisition activity targeting these assets. But not all pipelines are created equal. We highlight some of our favorite midstream operators.

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