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Pipelines And Energy Infrastructure: Investing In Hard Times

Oil prices continue to defy logic. Having dipped below $60 per barrel in the final week of 2014, a lot of investors have lost their shirts.

At the same time, it is becoming increasingly clear that investors think the market may have hit a bottom. Despite the fact that oil prices fell 22 percent in the month of December, investors poured over $3.3 billion into exchange-traded funds that focus on energy companies, a record amount and more than four times the average for 2014.

That’s because bargain hunters are beginning to pounce, expecting energy prices to rebound. Goldman Sachs thinks it’s time to get back in on energy. In a note to investors, the investment bank recommended 27 energy stocks that offer huge growth opportunities. Market pessimism has these companies trading below their forward-looking valuations, offering an excellent entry point.

But given how volatile oil prices have been – there has been a litany of trading days where oil prices look set to rebound, only to resume their downfall – it is far from clear how upstream companies will perform in the coming months. However, there is one energy subsector that has strong growth prospects even in a period of oil price swings.

In last week’s Executive Report, we discussed how the downstream sector can perform well during an oil and price downturn. We also touched briefly on the midstream sector, which can also provide resilient investment opportunities in the current…

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