Early in the year, we were a bit concerned about Linn Energy's (Nasdaq: LINE - News) dividend in 2012; it had considerable exposure to traditional natural gas drilling and some of its attractive hedges were set to roll off at the end of 2011. As the year progressed, the company was able to increase its exposure to oil through some deft acquisitions, and it did a good job of repositioning its hedge portfolio. As a result, the upside potential looks good on top of the stock's 46.6% return in 2010, and we now think the company will be able to increase its distribution in 2011 and 2012. INDIE news research. Glad to read this and feel oil will only go up while Obama in office since he supports GE and green ventures.