EPD - Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

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Previous Close29.02
Bid28.80 x 4000
Ask28.79 x 4000
Day's Range28.74 - 29.08
52 Week Range25.04 - 30.87
Avg. Volume5,271,130
Market Cap63.07B
Beta (5Y Monthly)0.85
PE Ratio (TTM)13.26
EPS (TTM)2.17
Earnings DateJan 29, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield1.78 (6.13%)
Ex-Dividend DateJan 28, 2020
1y Target Est34.70
  • MoneyShow

    Top Picks 2020- Enterprise Product Partners EPD

    Despite the market riding at an all-time high, there is a sector of the market that is actually very cheap -- energy stocks; the sector also happens to pay great dividends, and it might just be poised for a strong year in 2020. observes income expert Tom Hutchinson, editor of Cabot Dividend Investor.

  • Houston midstream co. nabs Texas incentives worth more than $50M
    American City Business Journals

    Houston midstream co. nabs Texas incentives worth more than $50M

    Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) has reached a deal with a Texas school district cutting taxes on a $675 million project it’s considering in Chambers County. Barbers Hill Independent School District agreed to tax a new natural gas liquids fractionation plant at Enterprise’s Mont Belvieu complex as though it were worth only $80 million, instead of the full value, for 10 years, according to an agreement published by the Texas Comptroller. Enterprise also sought incentives from Chambers County and the city of Baytown that would render $16.67 million and $21.32 million in tax benefits, respectively.

  • Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

    Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

    Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) closed at $29 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.22% move from the prior day.

  • Enterprise Products Rewards Unitholders With Distribution Hike

    Enterprise Products Rewards Unitholders With Distribution Hike

    The latest distribution reflects Enterprise Products' (EPD) quarterly distribution hike for 62 straight quarters.

  • Rigzone.com

    New Enterprise Plant Begins Service at Mont Belvieu

    Enterprise Products Partners reported that its new iBDH plant east of Houston recent began service and that volumes should continue ramping up in the next two weeks.

  • GuruFocus.com

    All 4 of Analysts' Favorite Stocks Fell Last Year

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  • Business Wire

    Enterprise Declares Quarterly Distribution Increase

    Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) ("Enterprise") announced today that the board of directors of its general partner declared an increase in the quarterly cash distribution paid to limited partners with respect to the fourth quarter of 2019 to $0.445 per common unit, or $1.78 per unit on an annualized basis.

  • Business Wire

    Enterprise Begins Service at Isobutane Dehydrogenation Plant

    Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) today announced that its isobutane dehydrogenation ("iBDH") plant in the Mont Belvieu, Texas area recently began service, with volumes expected to continue ramping up during the next two weeks. The facility, which is supported by long-term, fee-based contracts with investment grade customers, will ultimately have the capability to process approximately 25,000 barrels per day of butane into nearly 1 billion pounds per year of isobutylene.

  • Stock Market News for Jan 9, 2020

    Stock Market News for Jan 9, 2020

    U.S. stocks regained their momentum on Wednesday, as President Donald Trump's comments eased mounting tensions over Tuesday???s Iranian attack on U.S. troops in Iraq.

  • Houston midstream co. ships first export out of petrochemical terminal
    American City Business Journals

    Houston midstream co. ships first export out of petrochemical terminal

    “Including a second wave of new petrochemical plants now being developed, production of ethylene is poised for continued growth.”

  • Enterprise (EPD) Ships Texas Terminal's 1st Ethylene Cargo

    Enterprise (EPD) Ships Texas Terminal's 1st Ethylene Cargo

    Enterprise Products Partners' (EPD) Morgan's Point marine terminal in Texas can load 2.2 billion pounds of ethylene per year from two docks.

  • Business Wire

    Enterprise and Navigator Load First Vessel at New Ethylene Export Terminal

    Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) and Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NVGS) today announced that the first cargo of ethylene has been exported from their 50/50 joint venture marine terminal located at Morgan’s Point, Texas along the Houston Ship Channel. The Navigator Europa recently departed the facility carrying 25 million pounds of ethylene for Marubeni Corporation, a large Japanese trading company and long-term terminal customer.

  • Business Wire

    Enterprise Prices $3.0 Billion Aggregate Principal Amount of Senior Notes

    Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) ("Enterprise") today announced that its operating subsidiary, Enterprise Products Operating LLC ("EPO"), has priced a public offering of $3.0 billion aggregate principal amount of notes comprised of (i) $1.0 billion principal amount of senior notes due January 31, 2030 ("Senior Notes AAA"), (ii) $1.0 billion principal amount of senior notes due January 31, 2051 ("Senior Notes BBB"), and (iii) $1.0 billion principal amount of senior notes due January 31, 2060 ("Senior Notes CCC").

  • Energy Sector Poised for Growth: New Regulations and Political Unrest

    Energy Sector Poised for Growth: New Regulations and Political Unrest

    Upward price pressure for oil in the short term and natural gas in the long term Continue reading...

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    Largest Insider Trades of the Week

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  • These 3 High-Yield Dividend Stocks Are Among Credit Suisse’s Top Picks for 2020

    These 3 High-Yield Dividend Stocks Are Among Credit Suisse’s Top Picks for 2020

    Dividend stocks are always popular. They offer investors a clear path to quick returns, with regular cash payments and a yield – a return on the original investment – that usually far exceeds bond yields. But not all dividend stocks are created equal, and some offer better opportunities than others.Dividend yield is a key metric. Among S&P listed companies the average yield is only 2%, but even that is higher than the Fed’s key rate of just 1.75%. However, the highest yields aren’t always the way to go. Investors should also consider share appreciation, upside potential, and past performance – these factors aren’t always connected to dividends, but they will affect the general returns available from a given stock.International banking firm Credit Suisse has been starting off the new year with in-depth looks at various stock sectors. We will examine the firm’s favorite dividend stocks. These are the stocks that the firm sees bringing investors the best combination of returns, including dividend growth, in 2020.Enterprise Products Partners (EPD)We’ll start with an energy company. Enterprise Products inhabits the midstream sector of the oil and gas business, owning and operating almost 50,000 miles of natural gas and crude oil pipelines. Add in storage capacity for 14 billion cubic feet of gas and 160 million barrels of oil, along with import/export terminals on the Texas Gulf coast, and Enterprise stacks up as an important player in the oil boom.2019 wasn’t kind to Enterprise. Low prices for oil, along with high expenses and slipping margins, hurt the company in the bottom line. Fourth quarter numbers are not available yet, but in Q3 EPD missed the forecasts for revenues and EPS. On the top line, revenues hit $7.94 billion, 3% below the estimates, while EPS missed by 5.7%, at 50 cents.Through it all, EPD has maintained its dividend. The company as a long history of committing to sharing income with shareholders, and has kept up dividend payments for the last 20 years. The yield has varied over the years, but since Q3 2014, the payment has steadily risen. The current payment, 44.25 cents quarterly, annualizes to $1.77. The yield, at 6.29% is more than triple the average among S&P companies.Writing on EPD for Credit Suisse, analyst Spiro Dounis says, “EPD is one of the best positioned companies in the industry... We expect to EPD to continue to take advantage of its scale and integrated system in order to offer competitive rates on new projects to continue to grow its market share… We see consistent FCF generation growing to >8% yield by 2023, which should allow for an increased focus on capital returns moving forward.” Dounis’ last point is the key, as those capital returns can include increased dividends.Dounis gives the stock a Buy rating with a $34 price target, suggesting an upside of 21% from current levels. (To watch Dounis’ track record, click here)Like Dounis, Wall Street is picking EPD as a long-term winner. With 6 Buy ratings assigned over the last three months, the stock earns a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus. Adding to the good news, its $34.83 average price target puts the upside potential at 23%. (See Enterprise Products’ stock analysis at TipRanks)Ford Motor Company (F)Dearborn, Michigan’s Ford Motor is the smallest of the Big Three American automakers. The company is famous for being the first to introduce assembly line techniques into modern factory manufacturing over a century ago. Ford has found continued success in its popular, long-running F-series of pickup trucks and their derivatives.In 2018, Ford saw both a production decline and a gain in top-line revenues, with sales totaling over $160 billion that year. In Q3 2019, the most recent for which data is available, the company beat the earnings forecast while just missing on revenues. The quarterly results, the first reported after the company’s bonds were reduced to junk status by Moody’s, showed 34 cents EPS, 8 cents better than expected, and total auto revenues of $33.93 billion, within one percent of the forecast. The company is in the midst of a major restructuring program, spending over $11 billion on factory modernization, new vehicle design, and a major manufacturing push toward electric vehicles.The company is not forgetting its shareholders and investors, even if the business climate is difficult. Ford has paid out its regular dividend, at 15 cents per quarter, for the last five years – and has interspersed those payments with occasional special dividend payments. Despite small sum of the payment, F’s low share price makes the yield high – an impressive 6.37%. The reliability with which the company has maintained that dividend makes Ford a true dividend champ.Credit Suisse’s Dan Levy is optimistic about Ford’s recovery plan and future prospects. He writes, “We see upside to earnings improvement / positive earnings revisions ahead, as the healthy parts of the business remain strong (i.e., North America trucks, Ford Credit), while the underperforming businesses see some recovery (i.e. Europe and China)… Ford has ample opportunities to drive profit recovery / earnings improvement – making it one of the few positive EPS revisions stories in the autos sector.”Levy’s Buy rating is backed by a price target of $11, and an upside of 17%. (To watch Levy’s track record, click here)Despite the company’s strong turnaround prospects and clear upside potential, F shares have a Hold rating from the analyst consensus. The stock has received 8 analyst reviews in recent months, including 2 Buys, 4 Holds, and 2 Sells. Ford shares sell for a bargain, just $9.42, but the $10.40 average price target indicates an upside of 11.47%. (See Ford’s stock analysis at TipRanks)International Business Machines (IBM)IBM is a blue-chip standard of the Dow Jones, producing the office equipment that everyone needs. It’s Selectric typewriters long dominated the electric typewriter market. The company has been at the forefront of computing technology since the days of punch-card computers, and IBM’s PCs helped to set the standard for desktop computing. IBM acquired Red Hat last year, in a move that sets it up to enter the cloud computing market. The company sees annual sales revenue in the neighborhood of $80 billion, and has a market cap of $119 billion. In short, IBM is a force to be reckoned with in business tech.Maintaining a position at the top comes with a high price tag, however. The Red Hat acquisition cost IBM $34 billion, and resulted in bookkeeping losses that pushed Q3 – the most recent reported – down, with revenues of $18.03 billion just below the $18.22 estimate. There was good news in the quarter, though: EPS, at $2.68 was in line with expectations, and the new Red Hat subsidiary saw a 20% gain in revenues.Like Ford, IBM has kept up a commitment to its dividend during hard times. At $1.62 quarterly, the payment annualizes to $6.48. The company has been raising the dividend steadily since 2011, has maintained payments for almost 20 years. The yield, at 4.79% is more than 2 and half times higher than average on the S&P 500.Matthew Cabral, a 4-star analyst with Credit Suisse, sees IBM as a company is the process of shifting gears, implementing a new strategy to cope with a changing business tech environment. He writes, “The Red Hat acquisition marks a fundamental shift in strategy for IBM, bringing meaningful financial opportunity as they look to drive hybrid cloud adoption across enterprises… Execution on their hybrid cloud vision will be key to shifting the narrative of IBM, with both opportunity to accelerate the acquired business and the pull-through of ‘core’ IBM.”Cabral puts a $173 price target on IBM, along with a Buy rating. His target implies an upside of 28% from yesterday's closing price. (To watch Cabral’s track record, click here)Overall, IBM has a Moderate Buy rating from the analyst consensus, with 5 Buys and 4 Holds set in recent weeks. The stock also has the highest upside potential of the shares in this list – the current trading price is $135 and the average price target of $163.71 indicates 22% growth potential to the upside. (See IBM stock analysis at TipRanks)

  • The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Procter & Gamble, Enterprise Products, UBS, Cintas and OGE

    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Procter & Gamble, Enterprise Products, UBS, Cintas and OGE

    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Procter & Gamble, Enterprise Products, UBS, Cintas and OGE

  • Top Analyst Reports for Procter & Gamble, Enterprise Products & UBS Group

    Top Analyst Reports for Procter & Gamble, Enterprise Products & UBS Group

    Top Analyst Reports for Procter & Gamble, Enterprise Products & UBS Group

  • Corporate Insiders Pull the Trigger on 3 Buy-Rated Stocks

    Corporate Insiders Pull the Trigger on 3 Buy-Rated Stocks

    If you really want to know which stocks the experts – and those in the know – are buying, pay attention to what they’re doing. Stock reports, company reviews, and press statements are helpful, but you’ll get significant information from watching what the insiders are doing.The insiders – the corporate officers and board members – have to disclose when they snap up shares to prevent any unfair advantages. Tracking their stock purchases can be a useful strategy because if an insider spends their own money on a stock, it could signal that they believe big gains are in store.Fortunately, TipRanks does just that. TipRanks, a company dedicated to measuring and tracking the performance of Wall Street’s analysts, also follows what the insiders are doing. The Insiders’ Hot Stocks page provides the scoop on which stocks the market’s insiders are buying – or selling – so that you can make informed purchases. We’ve picked three stocks with recent informative buys to show how the data works for you.Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD)Midstream energy companies specialize in transporting and storing the oil and natural gas products the extraction companies pull out of the ground. Enterprise operates in the midstream space, controlling natural gas and crude oil pipelines totaling over 49,000 miles. The company also owns storage capacity for 260 million barrels of oil and 14 billion cubic feet of gas, along with multiple import/export terminals on Texas’ Gulf coast.Lower margins and higher expenses have hurt the company’s bottom line in recent months. The most recent earnings report, released at the end of October for Q3 2019, came in below expectations. EPS was listed at 46 cents per share, below the forecast of 53 cents, while revenues of $7.96 billion were 3% lower than the estimates had called for. Increased volume in natural gas transportation helped to offset some of the decline.EPD share values managed to shrug off the hit from the Q3 earnings report. Shares have appreciated in recent weeks, and the stock is up 15% this year. While underperforming the general market, those gains are still real – and far exceed the bond markets.And now we get to EPD’s insider action. In the last three weeks, Randa Duncan Williams, Chairman of the Board at EPD since 2013, has made purchases of EPD stock worth about $46 million. Her purchases are a clear indication of confidence in the stock.Evercore ISI analyst Dan Walk, in a report on the oil and gas midstream industry earlier this month, reiterated his Buy position on EPD along with his $32 price target. In his comments on the stock, he noted the company’s infrastructure expansion, saying, “Recently-announced M2E3 (450 mbpd capacity) and M2E4 pipelines (450 mbpd initial capacity, expandable to 540 mbpd) should minimize the need for DRA and reduce variable operating costs (~$2/barrel with DRA) in turn. These expansions also provide EPD the flexibility to convert Seminole pipeline (M2E2 crude) back into NGL service, as needed, with minimal capital outlay.” His price target implies a 14% upside to EPD shares. (To watch Walk’s track record, click here)EPD’s most recent analyst reviews are both Buys, backing the stock’s overall Moderate Buy consensus rating. Shares are priced low, at just $28.18, making this stock an easy entry for investors. The upside is clear, with the $32.50 average price target suggesting 15% growth potential in 2020. (See Enterprise stock analysis on TipRanks) Sage Therapeutics, Inc. (SAGE)Biotech companies are popular with investors seeking high upside potential. They operate in a sector with high overhead and initial outlay costs, but the rewards, when a new drug or medical treatment pans out and achieves approval, are substantial. Until then, however, these companies typically operate at a loss and investors depend on share appreciation for returns.Sage is typical of its peers in this regard. The stock’s Q3 earnings report showed a loss of $3.48 per share, 12 cents worse than the $3.36 expectation. Revenues were also lower than the forecast, at $3.57 million compared to $3.6 million. The company did give some positive guidance, however, stating that it would likely have $950 million in cash and cash equivalents available at the end of the 2019 calendar year.The Q3 results, while disappointing, were not unusual for the biotech sector. What has really hurt SAGE recently was the release of Phase 3 results for SAGE-217. The drug, targeting major depressive disorder, failed to duplicate the positive results from Phase 2 testing. Company CEO Jeff Jonas said simply, “This study did not meet the primary endpoint.” Sage is continuing testing on SAGE-217, as the company believes the data “supports our hypothesis that SAGE-217 has a unique profile with the potential for rapid and robust onset with durable effect.”Management has seen the share price hit as a chance to make large buys at a discount, in line with their confidence in the company’s prospects. Jonas, CSO Albert Robichaud, and CFO Kimi Iguchi together purchased more than $2.42 million worth of SAGE shares since the price collapsed.5-star analyst Matthew Harrison, from Morgan Stanley, is also bullish on SAGE, maintaining his Buy rating in the wake of the stock’s price collapse. He set the price target at $125, lower than his previous target but still indicating room for a 70% upside. Harrison believes the company’s next round of studies will deliver positive results, and writes, “We are encouraged by the manageable tolerability profile and mgt.'s commentary around a higher dose option being attractive in the commercial setting.” (To watch Harrison’s track record, click here)SAGE shares sell at $73.35, up 22% from the stock’s low point after the collapse on December 5. The average price target, $111.38, suggests a robust upside of 52%, indicating general confidence in the company. That confidence is also seen in the Moderate Buy consensus rating, based on 12 Buys and 6 Holds set in recent weeks. (See Sage Therapeutics stock analysis on TipRanks) Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (RCKT)Rocket focuses on emerging gene therapies, treatments for rare diseases that resist conventional medicine. Rocket’s drug pipeline aims at finding gene and cell therapies to attack diseases at their source, with five drugs targeting a variety of rare metabolic disorders, and mostly in Phase 1 testing. RP-L102, targeting Fanconi anemia, has entered Phase 2 testing, and is the most advanced of Rocket’s products.Like Sage above, Rocket operates at a net loss. In Q3, the company reported a 38 cent per share loss – but that was 10 cents better than had been expected. It was the third quarter in a row that RCKT had beaten the EPS forecast by a wide margin. Investors are pleased with this performance, as shown by the stock’s 62% 2019 gain.Looking at the insider activity on RCKT, we see some major moves this year. Earlier this month, RTW Investments, an institutional investor in RCKT and an over 10% owner of the company, purchased over $5 million worth of RCKT shares. This was the firm’s second major purchase of the stock this year – eight months ago, it bought up $9.6 million in RCKT.Also this month, 5-star analyst Madhu Kumar of Baird added RCKT to his firm’s “Fresh Pick” list, and outlined his optimism on the company’s drug pipeline: “Prior to Rocket Pharmaceuticals' (RCKT) data release at the American Society for Hematology (ASH) meeting in Orlando on December 8 for its lead asset, FANCA lentiviral gene therapy (LV GT) RP-L102 for Fanconi anemia type A (FA-A), we are raising our RP-L102 launch probability to 30%...” Along with this Buy rating, Kumar also raised his price target from $30 to $41. His new target suggests a 70% upside for the stock. (To watch Kumar’s track record, click here)Five analysts have given RCKT stock a thumbs up in recent weeks, making the analyst consensus on it a unanimous Strong Buy. Share sell for just $24.06, and the average price target of $38.67 suggests a robust upside potential of 61%. (See Rocket Pharmaceuticals stock analysis on TipRanks)

  • The 4 Best Energy Stocks for Smart Investors

    The 4 Best Energy Stocks for Smart Investors

    One of my newsletter editor friends is Doug Casey, whom I've known since the early 1990s. He's the author of numerous books including the seminal Crisis Investing in 1979, which I have an original copy of on my bookshelves. Doug has always been one of the smarter guys in the room -- particularly when it comes to finding bargains in the markets where others are missing them. And one of his tenets is to buy when there's blood in the streets.Source: Kodda / Shutterstock.com I have always marveled at how he can take a market which is deemed to be in trouble and pick through the facts while tossing away the hyped fear. And in turn -- I have enjoyed watching as the facts play out, rewarding him with gains and often lots of income along the way.The energy market is where seemingly no one wants to be an investor right now. With the S&P 500 generating a return year-to-date of 31.1%, the energy market, as tracked by the S&P 500 Energy Index, has recently just managed to recover a bit in December for a return of 12%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSource: Bloomberg -- S&P 500 (White) & S&P Energy (Red) Indexes Total Return The year though, was much worse. From April 23 through Dec. 3, the energy market was down in price by 16.3%. Blood in the StreetsThis makes for a bit of a "blood in the streets" case for the energy market. And then there's the valuation of the S&P 500 compared to the Energy Index. On a price-to-earnings basis, the energy market is at a discount to the S&P 500 by 8%. And on a price-to-sales basis, the Energy Index is at a 49.3% discount to the general S&P 500. Then lastly, on a price-to-book basis, the Energy Index is at a discount of 53.8% to the S&P 500.All of this comes as oil prices are up for the year by 35.9% in West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil. And while oil is up, it isn't being reflected in the S&P Energy Index's performance.Source: Bloomberg -- S&P Energy Index (White) & WTI Oil Spot (Green) Prices In this week's Barron's, Peter Lynch of Fidelity fame and long-time former manager of its flagship Magellan Fund (NASDAQ:FMAGX) was interviewed. Lynch is another investor who likes to cast off the market chaff to focus on the kernels of facts.One of the more important observations of his was that much of the energy market is making assumptions that the world won't be using oil and gas much longer, let alone for the next year or 20 years. In turn, stocks are being tossed.And yes, wind and solar energy are gaining -- but natural gas is needed when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't bellowing, as battery costs are still not completely viable.Then for transportation, electric planes are still a pipe dream. And while electric cars and trucks are gaining in number, they are still dwarfed by the continued production of traditional petrol-powered vehicles. My Way to Invest in EnergyOne of the more dependable segments of the energy markets which is less dependent on oil and natural gas prices is the pipeline and related infrastructure industry. This is the segment which acts as a toll-taker to gather and transport oil and gas from the field to the end users from refineries to consumers.Oil and gas prices rise and fall, but as long as the pipes are filled, these companies earn their fees and in turn, share the bulk of the profits with shareholders. The real risk for pipe companies is managing counterparty risks. This means they must know their customers well and learn how to survive when prices are low.The best in this segment have been around during the boom and bust times of oil and gas prices. And so, it is pretty straightforward to examine how they fared during times of stress.That said, these names haven't done all that well this year. Pipeline companies, as measured by the Alerian MLP Index, have only returned 8% year-to-date for 2019. U.S. pipeline companies entered into a major slump from July to early December, but have been sharply rebounding since. The Alerian MLP IndexSource: Alerian and Bloomberg -- Alerian MLP Index Total Return Since the start of December, the index has been making a sharp turnaround with a gain of 12.8% -- nearly triple the performance of the S&P 500.There's much to say about the demand for yield as the MLP pipeline segment of the midstream market offers outlier dividend yields. The Alerian Index has an implied yield of 8.9% which is eye-watering in an increasingly lower yield market.And there is some differentiation in the MLP pipes. One of the big stories over the past three years has come from the U.S. government supporting pipeline network expansion, field gathering and marine terminals. With the support for the export of crude and natural gas, pipelines are in a very good space to increase fee income.Source: U.S. Department of Energy & Bloomberg -- U.S. Crude Oil and Petroleum Exports The major Permian Basin continues to be awash in oil and natural gas, depressing local prices for petrol, which continues to be locked out of the market. But with the exports, pipelines are stepping up with expansion plans.One of my favorites in the gas and oil pipes continues to be Enterprise Product Partners (NYSE:EPD). The stock is up 13.8% in price since Nov. 19 and has returned 23.9% year-to-date. Enterprise Product Partners (EPD)E Source: Bloomberg -- Enterprise Product Partners Total Return The company is at the forefront of solving key problems for U.S. oil and gas thanks to its capacity to get more of the products from the fields to the markets. Enterprise has been expanding its capabilities and has just announced this month that it is working on a venture with Enbridge (NYSE:ENB) to develop a deep-water oil export terminal in the Gulf of Mexico for loading "very large crude carriers" or VLCCs.This should further give the company the ability to raise its revenues and profits. EPD stock has trailed the return of the S&P 500 -- but I still see more value here.Revenues are already up on a trailing year basis by 24.9%. And it is very efficient in its operations with operating margins running at 13.5%. This is returning 20.1% on shareholder's equity and an impressive 8% return on the overall capital of the company.It runs a good cash hoard and has limited debts running at 46.2% of assets. This puts the company above the credit profile of some of its lesser peers in the U.S. market.Unit distributions are running near 44 cents per share for a current yield of 6.2%. And the distributions continue to rise with an average annual increase over the past five years running at 4.2%. Compiled estimates for the next distribution going ex-dividend in January shows a further increase.EPD makes for a smart buy in a taxable account as much of the dividend distribution is shielded from current income tax liability. That makes the yield worth even more. Plains GP Holdings (PAGP)Source: Bloomberg -- Plains GP Holdings Total Return Plains GP Holdings (NYSE:PAGP) is a Permian-focused pass-through company deriving revenue from its stake as the general partner of Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA). It has already turned on new and expanded pipe this year -- and additional capacity is in the works.Revenues are up 29.9% over the trailing year. Operating margins are a bit thinner than for Enterprise at 6.7%. But the return on shareholder's equity is fat at 23.7%. And the return on the overall capital of the company is also good at 13.5%.Cash is well-managed and debts are even lower at only 34.3% of assets, making it a compelling creditor for further investment as needed.The distribution is currently running at 36 cents per unit for a yield of 7.4% and the distributions are up over the past year by 15%, reflecting the additional capacity.But the key thing about the shares is that they are priced at a 90% discount to sales. It remains another smart buy in a taxable account. Again, just like for Enterprise, it is tax-advantaged.One of the key challenges in the MLP space is that there are plenty of companies which are not in the same good shape as EPD or PAGP. Some are converting into regular corporations which would allow for a broader investor base. Others are consolidating.And in addition, there are a growing number of private equity and other institutional funds which are circling the midstream space. It's clear that the space is a good value proposition with the ability to add debt to generate more cash flows and distributions. This may well aid the quality companies in the toll-taker space.This is particularly true in some of the specific sectors of the pipeline markets such as refined products. New regulations are providing opportunities for pipes, storage and marine terminals. Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP)Source: Bloomberg -- Magellan Midstream Total Return This is where Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) is a prime pick for me. MMP operates in the refined products and marine storage segments. Revenues are up 35.1% over the trailing year and operating margins are a whopping 42.3%. Those margins in turn deliver a return on equity of 40.2%.Dividends provide a yield of 6.5% and the distributions are rising with the five-year annual average running at 10%. MMP has returned a positive 16.2% year-to-date.Magellan Midstream is a further smart buy in a taxable account. Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP)Source: Bloomberg -- Alerian MLP ETF Total Return This brings in the Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEARCA:AMLP) which is modest, with a year-to-date return of 8.5%. But this is not as reflective of the performances and fundamentals of its core holdings, which include Enterprise Products, Plains All American and Magellan. However, the exchange-traded fund does have many lesser MLPs represented, but they are marginal in terms of their allocations in the fund.This provides a further opportunity to buy into the prime MLPs. The ETF yields a big dividend overall at just under 9%. It remains a smart index buy which can be done in a tax-free account given the ETF structure.Neil George was once an all-star bond trader, but now he works morning and night to steer readers away from traps -- and into safe, top-performing income investments. Neil's new income program is a cash-generating machine … one that can help you collect $208 every day the market's open. Neil does not have any holdings in the securities mentioned above. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks to Buy to Get 2020 Started the Right Way * 10 Best ETFs for 2020: The Competition Is Stacked Full of Potential * 4 Gold Stocks to Buy as the Yellow Metal Surges The post The 4 Best Energy Stocks for Smart Investors appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

    Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

    In the latest trading session, Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) closed at $28.34, marking a -0.56% move from the previous day.

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    Notable Insider Buys: Energy Transfer, Enterprise Products Partners, FedEx

    Insider buying can be an encouraging signal for potential investors. Conventional wisdom says that insiders and 10% owners really only buy shares of a company for one reason -- they believe the stock price will rise and they want to profit from it. An Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) director stepped up to the buy window again this past week.

  • Business Wire

    Enterprise, Teague Receive Industry Recognition; Enterprise Receives Top Governance and ESG Honors

    Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) was recently recognized among the most honored companies by Institutional Investor magazine’s 2020 All-America Executive Team rankings and S&P Global Platts 2019 Global Energy Awards. In addition, the chief executive officer of Enterprise’s general partner, A. J. "Jim" Teague, received recognition from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers ("AFPM") and the Greater Houston Port Bureau.