Why people are complaining is beyond me. What people don't get is that the 8% dividend on top of the 5% discount from reinvested dividend from DRIP gives you a total of a whopping 13% annual return even if the stock goes nowhere. Not bad to just sit and wait if you ask me. On top of that, ETP is beginning to change its business model to reflect that of Kinder Morgan, one of the best MLPs out there that has doubled it's share price in the last 4 years. I'm going to sit and wait till this transition happens and buy more on dips.
Check out the distribution increases for PAA and the big MLP daddy - KMP which both have significant price appreciation compared to ETP.........I'm not saying ETP is still a decent long term investment since I have owned it for 3 years and counting.......I'm just saying that there are other MLP's that are better investments if you want price appreciation as well as a very good yield with steady distribution increases.