Did you see the newest downgrade today? Look at the headlines on page 1. There are many good MLP'S out there. KMP, KMR, EEP, EEQ, LINE, LNCO. There are too many "ifs" with VNR. Simply because it pays monthly doesn't justify a purchase. Go to the "summary" on yahoo and check out the headlines. Good luck.
1.) Ex-distribution doesn't mean the stock will rise the day before, and even so, is a .20 price differential enough to determine whether or not to buy the units?
2.) "The Street" is not a analyst - it uses canned algorithms to make their case, which don't work with MLPs (using EPS vs. DCF, for example).