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Citi names five core MLP holdings, upgrades two others to Buy

  • Citi analysts suggest five core holdings among MLPs and upgrade two other names to Buy, expecting growing U.S. hydrocarbon production that requires more infrastructure and improving prices for natural gas liquids.
  • Citi forecasts a 10% total return by the entire MLP sector during the next 12 months.
  • The firm's core recommendations: Williams Energy Partners (WPZ), Cheniere Energy Partners (CQP), Enterprise Product Partners (EPD), Northern Tier Energy Partners (NTI), Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP).
  • Upgrades to Buy from Neutral: Tallgrass Energy Partners (TEP), El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB).
  • Upgrades to Neutral from Sell: Niska Gas Storage (NKA), TC Pipelines (TCP).
  • Downgrades to Neutral from Buy: Genesis Energy (GEL), Rose Rock Midstream (RRMS).
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Comments (20)
  • memshu
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    Nit? Fk? Core holding? Fk?
    28 Mar 2014, 07:08 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    BWP? Seriously?
    28 Mar 2014, 09:01 PM Reply Like
  • ComputerBlue
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    Comments (868) | Send Message
    ETE...ACMP..EQM...all better
    28 Mar 2014, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • memshu
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    Nti? ???? Core holding????? Fk?????
    Makes me wonder if I'm wrong with wpz!
    28 Mar 2014, 11:51 PM Reply Like
  • Value Doc
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    Wow, outside of EPD, that is a very curious selection of "core holdings".


    I would choose the following:


    - EPD;
    - MMP;
    - PAA/PAGP;
    - KMR/KMI;
    - WMB/ACMP;
    - ETE/SXL;


    When I think of "core holdings", I think of minimizing risk (i.e. stuff with superior asset bases, balance sheets, scale, diversification, stability and high quality management). You can then speculate around the margins with riskier stuff, small-caps, etc. I'm not sure what Citi is thinking of here.


    Obviously, the big challenge for most of these is finding an opportune entry point, as such points don't come along too often.
    29 Mar 2014, 12:41 AM Reply Like
  • aretailguy
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    OILT, SXL, ACMP, ARLP, EQM, ETE, MMP all better. Perhaps Citi hasn't discovered Distribution Coverage Ratio. EPD is the only recommended stock that has merit. I'm glad Citi is not running my money.
    29 Mar 2014, 12:43 AM Reply Like
  • 11146471
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    Comments (1055) | Send Message
    DCR you mention, changes overtime as revenues and profits grow overtime while dividend stays the same (or grows less).
    29 Mar 2014, 04:34 AM Reply Like
  • wayla500
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    No wonder they failed the stress test.
    29 Mar 2014, 02:20 AM Reply Like
  • miriam ledwith
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    Yup. What ARE they thinking? Long ETE.
    29 Mar 2014, 07:23 AM Reply Like
  • koolsool
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    Comments (343) | Send Message
    Analysts upgrade stocks they want to sell at a higher price.
    29 Mar 2014, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • Peteresmond
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    Comments (139) | Send Message
    And down grade those they've already sold - oh wait, I meant "...their firms have already sold!"
    29 Mar 2014, 03:49 PM Reply Like
  • Anasazi101
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    It's nice to have "core holdings" in probably MLPs and LPs...
    But I sometimes have to question, that many we see on here are investments in the Energy world or Oil patch...


    I believe in diversification, and think any long term investor should have core holdings in a few other Sectors to "weather any storms.."
    You may sacrifice 1%-2% in dividends and/or returns, or may actually have more growth...Counting appreciation and dividends as an unit.


    Although having 3-4 core holdings in Energy is contradictory to what I have just stated...We are invested in about 8-9 other Sectors, including "core holdings in at least 5 of them."
    Telcom, Tobacco, Healthcare(industrial/... Defense, Transportation and Precious Metals..
    So my point of having just core holdings in MLPs/LPs in the Energy world;
    Which many do because of "yield", should consider diversification in other sectors also...It is not accomplished overnight and takes time.
    Long, NTI, KMP, KMR, COP, and ARLP..
    29 Mar 2014, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • elivermore
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    I wonder why the kinder Morgan companies weren't on any of the lists? Is there a reason?
    30 Mar 2014, 03:21 AM Reply Like
  • elivermore
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    I wonder why the kinder Morgan companies weren't on any of the lists? Is there a reason?
    30 Mar 2014, 03:21 AM Reply Like
  • elivermore
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    Why are kinder Morgan companies not on any of the lists?
    30 Mar 2014, 03:25 AM Reply Like
  • Anasazi101
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    eliverrmoree...Maybe just because of the Analysts doing the story or screening, decided against the KMs...


    Or maybe because of recent publicity they decided to shy away from the fray.


    Or thirdly these were upgrades and downgrades....If there has been "no change" on Kinder entities,(at their firm, Citi's) why waste the space on mentioning them?
    I wouldn't worry about what "only Citi" thinks.
    30 Mar 2014, 09:36 AM Reply Like
  • Wally H
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    Something is wrong with this report. No way, no how could this list be thought of as "CORE HOLDINGS". again, something is amiss here.
    30 Mar 2014, 10:39 AM Reply Like
  • Be Here Now
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    Comments (4818) | Send Message
    The source is Barron's. What can you expect?
    30 Mar 2014, 11:45 AM Reply Like
  • Purple_K
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    I am completely inexperienced in MLP's, but I thought the reason you buy them was for the dividends, not capital gains. With that in mind, how would $BWP be a good core holding? The div was destroyed and will be so for the forseeable future. Unless you caught the absolute bottom, say, 12-12.5, you probably aren't looking at any meaningful capgain either. (Disclaimer - I bought way too early on the knife dropping, and am in around 14-ish)


    I don't mean it in a critical way, I'm just wondering if there's something I'm not seeing.
    30 Mar 2014, 04:03 PM Reply Like
  • aretailguy
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    Purple_K, The way I see it there are two reasons for MLP ownership, either dividends now or capital gains with growing dividends. I own ETP for current income. I bought ETE for what I thought would be an inflation beating, growing dividend stream. I am receiving the growing dividends but I also have received huge capital gains as well. Actually I see $BWP as being a very interesting MLP currently as it has VERY good distribution coverage AFTER the recent cut. I do not now own $BWP but am looking very hard at it.
    30 Mar 2014, 08:40 PM Reply Like
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