The break-neck volatility of the past few years and the likelihood of shorter cycles in the energy sector argue for diversification into secular growth stories that depend less on commodity prices and timing your entry and exit points.
Although our outlook for oil prices and the US energy patch favors an overweight position in core midstream holdings, nimble investors can generate alpha in upstream names by buying when oil prices retreat to the low end of their range and taking some profits off the table when they recover.
With the market bull running since 2009, investors should start adding gold to their portfolios. Keep in mind that gold gains in value during times of geopolitical uncertainty, when investors worry about monetary issues or when the stock market experiences a sharp selloff.
Third-quarter earnings season is in full swing. One of our favorite utility stocks earns a higher buy target, while our two master limited partnerships (MLP) continue to generate excess cash flow, enabling them to reduce their reliance on the equity market for fresh capital.
The near- to intermediate-term future looks bright for utility stocks and the sector’s prospects for earnings and dividend growth. However, with the Dow Jones Utility Average making new highs, investors must consider how much of this good news the market has priced in to sector favorites.
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