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AMJ Outperformed the Energy ETF XLE Last Week


Aug. 26 2015, Published 1:06 p.m. ET

JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN

The JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (AMJ) fell 5.1% in the week ended August 21, 2015. The Alerian MLP Index (AMZ), AMJ’s underlying index, also fell 5.2% during the week. The index’s constituents, Plains All American Pipeline (PAA), Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL), ONEOK Partners (OKS), and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), fell 8.4%, 9%, 8.8%, and 5.6%, respectively, in that timeframe.

AMJ outperformed broad-market and energy-sector ETFs last week. The broad-market SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) fell 5.6% and the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) fell 8.4% during the week. AMJ traded at a yield of 5.1% at the end of the week. The yield rose from 4.8% at the end of August 14 week.

The above graph compares AMJ’s returns for the week with those of its underlying index (AMZ), SPY, and XLE. All returns are gross dividends. AMJ has a tracking fee of 0.85% per year. Its current market capitalization is $4.2 billion.

ETNs are senior unsecured debt securities. ETN investors are exposed to the issuer’s credit risk—in this case, JPMorgan Chase’s (JPM). ETNs provide investors an easy way to gain exposure to different market indices.

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Alerian MLP Index

The Alerian MLP Index (AMZ) is a 50-member market cap–weighted index made up of energy MLPs. AMZ is broader than the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index (AMZI), which consists of ~25 MLP stocks and is focused on infrastructure MLPs. The Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) and the ETRACS Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN (MLPI) track AMZI. We discussed these securities in the previous parts of this series.

AMZ’s top three components are Enterprise Products Partners (EPD), Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), and Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP), which form 16.4%, 10.8%, and 7.5%, respectively, of the index. Suburban Propane Partners (SPH), TC Pipelines (TCP), EnLink Midstream Partners (ENLK), and AmeriGas Partners (APU) are some of the index’s smaller components. Together, these four MLPs form ~5.2% of AMZ.


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