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Week Thoughts: Plains Stains, MLPs Remain Positive

14May
MLPs alternated up and down days all week, but finished with a positive Friday that helped the MLP Index finish the week up 0.6% including distributions.  The best day was Wednesday, when MLPs rallied 1.5% on oil price strength following the latest U.S. inventory data points. MLPs still have quite a bit of catching up to do relative to utilities and

Week Thoughts: Transition Offense

07May
MLPs struggled under the weight of oil prices and dropped 2.1% (including distributions) this week.  MLPs have declined in 3 of the last 4 weeks.  The familiar whiff of panic was in the air on Thursday and into Friday when overnight oil prices traded below $44/bbl.  Thursday was the worst day of the year for MLPs.  Friday spelled relief for oil prices

Week Thoughts: MLPs Maintain on Mailbox Money

30Apr
MLPs have entered distribution ex-date season, which means while the price index declined for the week overall, MLPs were slightly positive when factoring in distributions.  Anticipation of those distributions may have supported MLPs relative to the broad energy sector over the last two weeks, even as the rate of distribution cuts remains alarmingly high.
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