In April 2013, I left my job of 25 years as founding editor of Utility Forecaster to form my own publishing company and write the investment newsletter of my dreams: Conrad’s Utility Investor. The publication’s second birthday is as good a time as any to review where utility stocks have been and my outlook for where they’re headed.
Reports circulated earlier this month that Florida-based TECO Energy had put itself up for sale, prompting the utility to confirm that the firm had engaged Morgan Stanley to “explore strategic alternatives.” This news triggered a record single-day gain in TECO Energy’s shares and provides yet another sign of accelerating mergers and acquisitions activity.
Recent downside in the Alerian MLP Index reflects a number of factors, including the group's outperformance relative to other energy stocks last year, the market’s growing concern about rising interest rates and worries that the slowdown in drilling activity will limit future growth opportunities.
The recent pullback in dividend-paying stocks means that two of our favorites at attractive valuations. Both could experience more downside in the near term because of concerns about rising interest rates, but remain solid holdings for the long haul.
We attended the National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships' MLP Investor Conference and lived to tell the tale. Here are some of our key takeaways from the most important event of the year for MLP investors.
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