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Investing Topics: STACK

Paradigm Shift in MLP Land

Big changes are afoot in the midstream segment. Many master limited partnerships appear to have taken Enterprise Products Partners LP’s lead and shifted their focus to building distribution coverage and reducing equity. We explore which names will be able to make this transition with relative ease and which names face more of a slog to put themselves on a path to sustainability.

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.

Upstream Takeover Targets

Some of the biggest winners from mergers and acquisitions activity in the US upstream space have been the acquirers. Deal flow will continue to focus on assets and private-equity outfits monetizing their investments. We prefer names with solid balance sheets and exposure to franchise assets with low production costs; these names will continue to take market share, outperform their and grow their inventories of potential drilling locations.

Three Growth Themes for MLP Investors

We highlight some of the key growth themes investors should keep in mind as they position for the next few years and highlight the MLP Portfolio holdings that stand to benefit from these opportunities.

On the Radar

Shares of many exploration and production companies have rallied too far, too fast. However, investors will profit from exposure to names that can win market share in an environment where crude oil ranges between $40 and $60 per barrel–provided that they bide their time and buy at the right price. We highlight a handful of names to keep on your radar screen.

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