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Week Thoughts: Clean Up Trades Leave MLPs Sloppy

26Feb
MLPs declined late in the week as equity issuance overwhelmed the sector.  For the week overall, MLP Index was down 2.1%, the worst week for the Index since the week preceding the election in November.  It was also the first weekly decline of more than 2% for the MLP Index so far this year.  Despite some volatility this week, volatility remains miles

Week Thoughts: Mercury Rising, MLPs Flat

19Feb
MLPs have done a whole lot of nothing the last two weeks, including a marginal total return this week.  Oil hasn’t moved much either, hovering just above $53/bbl for 5 straight weeks.  The broad market continues to melt up, which hasn’t hurt MLPs or oil prices.  MLP specific newsflow did confirm 3 positive trends: (1) improving capital markets

Week Thoughts: MLP Recovery One Year In

12Feb
MLPs were little changed this week overall, finishing down 0.4% overall, for a nice round 7.5% total return for the year overall, well ahead of the S&P 500, utilities and oil prices.  Oil prices were volatile this week, but remain comfortably above $50/bbl.  Gas prices remain above $3.00/mmbtu, but with much less of a cushion than at the beginning of

Week Thoughts: FERC IDRs

05Feb
MLPs were up for a 3rd straight week (on a total return basis), edging out the S&P 500 and utilities.  NGL prices shot higher, while natural gas prices dropped, improving processing economics and helping commodity-levered gathering & processing MLPs.  The Alerian MLP Index has produced 7.9% total return so far this year, and the total return index