In an environment where oil prices range between $40 and $55 per barrel, North American short-cycle plays will remain the growth engine for the oil-field services industry. Investors might want to consider nibbling on select US-focused service names while keeping some powder dry in case oil prices swoon once again.
We preview the upside catalysts that could be in play for some of our Lifelong Income Portfolio holdings and replace one of our winners with another higher yielder that offers a better risk-reward proposition
The government’s war on coal may be over, but inexpensive natural gas and ongoing declines in the cost of renewable energy continue to drive the retirement of older coal-fired power plants in the US. Savvy investors should ignore the moribund coal industry and focus on energy storage.
Investor talk has turned against the Trump Trade, and for all the wrong reasons. While a market correction is due, look to the sectors that did well during the post-election period to perform well–making pullbacks an opportunity to buy.
Alberta plans to shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2030, an ambitious target that will be a huge adjustment. This transition creates a massive longer-term opening for a few specific companies.
Now more than ever, many of the biggest, safest and fastest growing yields come in small packages. We hold four relatively small capitalization, high dividend companies in the Lifelong Income Portfolio and review the power of small strength.
Volatility in oil prices and minor business bumps have contributed to pullbacks in some of our favorite master limited partnerships (MLPs). These companies’ underlying strengths mean now is a time to buy, not be shy.
The Dow Jones Utility Average has returned more than 10 percent since early December 2016, outperforming the S&P 500 by a few percentage points. It’s now reached valuations where the risk-reward balance skews to the downside. In this environment, investors should evaluate the macro forces that could bat these stocks about in coming months.
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