Is Trump Trade Really an MLP Performance Driver?
The Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) is down nearly 4% so far in 2017. In comparison, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) (SPX-INDEX) is up nearly 6% during the same timeframe. MLPs gained as much as 14% between the US election results and January 2017. However, they relinquished most of these gains later. Currently, MLPs are just marginally up from their levels on the day of President Trump’s victory.
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After the initial euphoria over Trump’s presidency, MLPs have mostly been driven by energy sector dynamics in 2017. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) is down nearly 12% in 2017. Crude oil prices are down nearly 6% in 2017.
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