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Investing Topics: Pipelines

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.

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.

Q2 in Review: Conservative MLP Portfolio

Our Conservative MLP Portfolio has delivered an average total return of 29.2 percent since its inception in mid-November 2013, outperforming the 23.8 percent return generated by the Alerian MLP Index. Here’s our assessment of each holding’s second-quarter results and our updated outlook for their future prospects.

More Thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Mega-Deal and Its Implications

Rather than regarding Kinder Morgan Inc.’s consolidation of its associated limited partnerships as a referendum on the MLP structure or the end of an era, investors should regard this move as a fresh start for the midstream giant–an opportunity to reshape itself to meet the demands of the marketplace and competitive environment.

Enterprise Products Partners LP: Great Company, Not a Great Stock

Enterprise Products Partners LP boasts one of the strongest balance sheets and growth prospects in the MLP universe. However, a frothy valuation means that investors should stand aside and wait for a pullback before adding to or establishing a position in the name.

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