I bought EPD shares today (i.e., long position). A long-established income stock like EPD looks good in the short-term, as the overall stock market is unlikely to rise before end of October IMHO. The natural gas focus of EPD looks good regardless of which party wins control of House of Representatives, also.
Why EPD instead of another long-established income stock in the Energy or Utility Sectors? A. Insider buying is very significant at EPD lately. B. Comparing EPD to EEP, ETP, BWP, and KMP on the bases of price/sales ratios, free cash flow/market capitalization, operating margin, PEG ratio, percentage off of high share price, and dividend yield, had EPD the winner overall. Wish the PEG ratio was better, but, at a 7% dividend yield now and with free cash flow/market cap ratio one of the best in the MLP space, EPD looks good. C. Traditional utilities such as electricals have a hard time matching EPD's dividend yield, have run up much in price already, and don't have as much upside potential in the medium- or long-term, IMHO. Some of these considerations are likely why quant experts like Paul Rabbitt (see his free Sector analyses on the Web) rate oil & gas marketers/refiners as better than electric utilities and retail sector dividend payors now.