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Investing Topics: Pipelines

Keystone XL: Where It Matters

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 22, 2014

The uncertainty surrounding the cross-border leg of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline hasn't diminished the company's growth prospects. We examine the investment opportunities behind the controversy.

Sorting Buckeyes From Boardwalks

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 14, 2014

One pipeline company rewards investors with a 70 percent total return the year after it restores regular distribution growth. The other’s unit price falls nearly in half after it guts its payout by more than 80 percent.

Utility Update: No Boardwalks Here

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 14, 2014

Nothing stirs up fear and uncertainty like a distribution cut. And in the energy midstream business, the news doesn’t often get as bad as it did with Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (NYSE: BWP) this week.

01/17/14: Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP’s Fourth Quarter

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 17, 2014

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE: KMP) has come under fire for its tight distribution coverage and concerns that the blue-chip MLP’s size makes it difficult to grow cash flow. The burdensome incentive distribution rights that the partnership pays to its general partner, Kinder Morgan Inc. are another cause for concern.

Healthy Companies Deliver Reliable Returns

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 3, 2013

Healthy growing businesses produce rising dividends, which in turn push share prices higher: That’s the utility investor’s road to superior and safe long-term returns. And if operating results of our Portfolio companies are any indication, it’s still wide open.

How To Beat the Shorts at Their Own Game

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 8, 2013

Don’t hold your breath waiting for an official retraction. But after the past few days’ events, arguments made by Hedgeye and Barron’s against oil and gas producer master limited partnerships are effectively in tatters.

More Strong Numbers

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 4, 2013

Since the November issue of Conrad’s Utility Investor went to post, five more portfolio companies have reported calendar third quarter 2013 results. Here are the highlights.

When To Hold Your Fire

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 1, 2013

Fourth quarter is usually a good time to hold utility stocks. But it’s only rarely a good time to buy, as prices often reach yearly highs.

Utility Roundup: NRG and Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 21, 2013

Earnings season is now underway for the Conrad’s Utility Investor portfolios, with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP) and Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) the first to report full numbers.

Returning to Growth

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 1, 2013

Distribution growth shapes returns for master limited partnerships (MLPs).

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