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EPD, ETP, MMP, WPZ: Which MLP Will Outperform Peers in 2018?

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EPD, ETP, MMP, WPZ: Which MLP Will Outperform Peers in 2018? PART 6 OF 9

Which of the Top MLP Stocks Are Institutional Investors Buying?

Institutional activity in ETP

In this part, we’ll see which of the top MLP stocks institutional investors are buying. Harvest Fund Advisors, Alps Advisors, and OFI SteelPath are the three largest institutional investors in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). According to the latest filings, the three investors own 4.8%, 4.6%, and 4.4%, respectively, of ETP’s outstanding shares. Harvest Fund Advisors added net 1.7 million ETP shares to its position, as per a filing dated September 30, 2017. Similarly, Alps Advisors and OFI SteelPath added net 5.6 million and net 0.5 million ETP shares, respectively, to their positions.

The top ten institutional investors in Energy Transfer Partners added net 41.8 million ETP shares to their positions, as per the latest filings.

Which of the Top MLP Stocks Are Institutional Investors Buying?

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The above table shows position changes by the top five institutional investors in Enterprise Products Partners (EPD), Energy Transfer Partners, Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP), and Williams Partners (WPZ) in 3Q17.

Institutional investors in EPD

Randa Duncan Williams holds ~32% of Enterprise Products Partners’ outstanding shares. Apart from her, Tortoise Capital Advisors, Harvest Fund Advisors, and Alps Advisors are the three largest institutional investors in Enterprise Products Partners. The ten biggest institutional investors in EPD own ~45% of its outstanding shares. The top ten investors collectively added net 9.7 million EPD shares to their positions in 3Q17.

The net additions to their EPD and ETP positions in 3Q17 by top institutional investors likely indicate their positive sentiments for these two stocks.

Institutional investors in MMP and WPZ

The top ten investors in Magellan Midstream together added net 0.6 million MMP shares to their positions. Alps Advisors, Tortoise Capital Advisors, and OppenheimerFunds are the top three institutional investors holding 6.6%, 6.2%, and 5.7%, respectively, of MMP’s outstanding shares.

Williams Companies (WMB) owns 72.6% of Williams Partners’ outstanding shares. Excluding Williams Companies, the top nine institutional investors sold net 1.0 million Williams Partners shares according to filings dated September 30, 2017. Fidelity Management & Research Company, Alps Advisors, and Harvest Fund Advisors are the three largest investors in Williams Partners. The top ten institutional investors collectively own 85.1% of WPZ’s outstanding shares.

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