Update of Musical Chairs: UBS Hires MLP Banker Rob Pierce

For those of you who don't care about the ongoing theater of bankers moving from bank to bank, go ahead and skip this post.  Back in September of last year, UBS's Houston investment banking office was gutted when Stephen Trauber left the firm to join Citi (see here for details of that move in a Wall Street Journal article), for a reported $30mm deal.

MLP Week Thoughts: Crazy Nature, Boring Bernanke and Markets

This week, MLPs acted sort of the opposite of last week.  Last week, MLPs were up on Monday, then down sharply the rest of the week.  This week, as shown below, MLPs were down big Monday, then recovered strongly the rest of the week, to finish up 1.8% for the week.   From Monday’s close to Friday’s MLPs were up 4.3%. MLPs have outperformed

NRGY’s Latest Bold Move: Midstream MLP IPO

Will Inergy Midstream IPO Turn NRGY Around? This morning, Inergy L.P. ($NRGY) filed its initial IPO registration form S-1 for its midstream subsidiary, Inergy Midstream, L.P. (will trade with ticker NRGM).  The filing is for up to $300mm in gross proceeds.  Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital are joint bookrunners and the only banks listed so far on

Week Thoughts: Vegas Baby

MLPs had another rough week, slightly outperforming the S&P 500, while everything under-performed gold.  Treasuries yields dropped even lower than last week, briefly ticking below 2% on Thursday.   Right now is all about liquidity sucking out of the markets and fleeing to safety, so as yet there has been no positive impact on MLPs from the lower

MLP Week Thoughts: Fed Speak Clearer

What a ride for the markets and MLPs last week.   On Monday, the MLP Index dropped 7.1%, the third largest percentage drop in a single day for the index ever.  Tuesday saw a huge reversal, with the MLP Index jumping 8.4%, the fourth largest percentage gain for the MLP index in a single day.  Most of these gains came after the Fed’s release.  As the

Updated Chart of Big MLP Moves

Here is the update to the chart I posted yesterday, turns out it was the 4th largest percentage gain, 2nd largest point gain ever.  Today, MLPs are up big again, 3.9% so far.  In case you were wondering, there have never been two 5%+ positive days in a row before, but there have been two days of 5%+ losses in a row.

Ranking: Biggest MLP Index Moves in History

I was inspired by this post from Josh Brown at The Reformed Broker Blog that showed the top 20 worst days (in point losses) ever for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and how the last few rough days ranked.  So, I decided to go through the brief history (index dates to 1996) of the MLP Index (AMZ) to see how many times the index has dropped more than 5% as

MLP Week Thoughts: Look out Below

MLPs dropped 6.1% this week, which is the 9th worst week over week drop since 2000 for MLPs, and the worst week since the “flash crash” week of May 2010, when MLPs were down 7.9%.  It’s not uncommon for MLPs to drop on the week when many of them trade ex-dividend during the week, which was the case this week.  Clearly, however, this week’s