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MLPs: It's Complicated

Ever since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced a ruling that prevents some master limited partnerships from using an important tax allowance, analysts have been defending the stocks, not that it has mattered. In a note today, East Daley Capital’s Justin Carlson tried to parse the impact on various MLPs. Kinder Morgan’s (KMI), however, doesn’t look that shielded from the changes, Carlson claims, while Williams Cos. (WMB) and Spectra Energy (SEP) have some of the biggest exposure, by his count, but also have some asset-specific mitigating factors that can limit the downside.