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Costco Tops Fiscal 1Q18 Estimates

Costco Wholesale (COST) reported stronger-than-expected fiscal 1Q18 results, surpassing analysts’ expectations for both sales and EPS (earnings per share).

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Weak on December 15

After a pullback on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower on December 15 and fell to five-week low price levels.

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US Markets Had a Mixed Performance on December 14

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. Despite a strong start, the market lost momentum as the week progressed and fell on Thursday.

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Can Kohl’s Stock Pick Up Some Momentum?

Kohl’s (KSS) stock price has risen 1.8% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of December 12.

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BPL Trading Close to 4-Year Lows: Can It Gain Upward Momentum?

Buckeye Partners (BPL) stock is trading close to its four-year lows. BPL saw a new 52-week low of $50.90 on October 25.

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CVR Refining Reported Strong 3Q17 Results, Stock Rose 11%

CVR Refining (CVRR) reported its 3Q17 results on November 1, 2017. Its adjusted EBITDA for the quarter rose to $138.6 million from $75.3 million in 3Q16.

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What to Expect from ETP and ETE in 3Q17

The analysts’ 3Q17 consensus EBITDA estimate for ETP is ~$1.6 billion—14.1% higher than its 3Q16 adjusted EBITDA and 0.8% lower than in 2Q17.

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Hi-Crush Partners’ Earnings Continued to Rise in 3Q17

Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP) reported its 3Q17 results on October 31, 2017. The company’s EBITDA rose 56% from 2Q17 to $41.8 million in 3Q17.

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Why MLPs' Sluggishness Continued Last Week

MLPs’ sluggishness continued last week despite strong crude oil. The Alerian MLP Index (^AMZ), which tracks the performance of 50 energy MLPs, fell 1.2% last week.

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Fed Chair Janet Yellen: A Question for the Future

It has been almost a decade since the onset of the worst financial crisis after the Great Depression, and the US Fed has embarked on a monetary path it has never taken before.

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What to Expect from Cheniere Energy in 3Q17

Wall Street analysts’ 3Q17 consensus revenue estimate for Cheniere Energy is $1.29 billion, which is 177.7% higher than the revenue in 3Q16.

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MPLX Posted Strong 3Q17 Results, Distributions Rose 4%

MPLX (MPLX) reported its 3Q17 results on October 26. MPLX’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization rose 43.0% to $538.0 million from $375.0 million in 3Q16.

How Trump’s Tax Reform Could Both Help and Hurt MLPs and Their Investors

President Trump released a framework for his tax reform in late September. This nine-page document is what members of Congress will use to write the final legislation, and so it understandably lacks…

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Will Enterprise Products Partners Report Higher 3Q17 Earnings?

Enterprise Products Partners is set to report its 3Q17 results on November 2, 2017. Analysts expect it to report an EBITDA of $1.37 billion for the quarter.

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EnLink Midstream Partners: What to Expect in 3Q17

EnLink Midstream Partners (ENLK) and EnLink Midstream (ENLC) are scheduled to release their 3Q17 earnings on October 31, 2017.

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ONEOK Is Expected to Report Higher 3Q17 Earnings

ONEOK (OKE) is scheduled to report its 3Q17 results on October 31, 2017. On October 25, 2017, ONEOK declared a dividend of $0.745 per share.

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Raphael Bostic: Lessons from Unconventional Monetary Policy

Atlanta Federal Reserve president and CEO, Raphael Bostic, recently spoke at a conference about the Fed’s balance sheet normalization program.

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What to Expect from Williams Partners’ 3Q17 Earnings Release

Williams Companies (WMB) and its MLP subsidiary, Williams Partners (WPZ), are scheduled to release their 3Q17 earnings on November 1. In this series, we’ll discuss WMB’s and WPZ’s 3Q17 estimates and performance.

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Kinder Morgan's Fall and Price Target Cuts Last Week

Kinder Morgan (KMI) fell 1.8% last week (ended October 20), while Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) and ONEOK (OKE) fell ~4.3% and ~0.8%, respectively.

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Can Low Volatility Strategies Support Diversification?

Low volatility investment strategies don’t need high levels of market volatility to do well. Market volatility tends to cluster: it can be subdued and then burst higher.

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Charting Cheniere Energy's October Rise: What’s Next for LNG?

Cheniere Energy (LNG) has been on an upward trend for most of October, having risen 5.1% since the start of the month.

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What to Expect from Western Gas Partners’ 3Q17 Earnings

Western Gas Partners (WES) and its GP (general partner) Western Gas Equity Partners (WGP) are scheduled to release their 3Q17 earnings on October 31, 2017.

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What to Expect from Buckeye Partners’ 3Q17 Earnings Release

Buckeye Partners is scheduled to release its 3Q17 earnings on November 3, 2017. Wall Street analysts’ 3Q17 consensus EBITDA estimate is $271.5 million.

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Analyzing EPD’s Indicators after 3Q17 Distribution Announcement

Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) recently announced a distribution increase for 3Q17. EPD is scheduled to report its 3Q17 results on November 2, 2017.

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