Vanguard Natural Resources (NYSE: VNR) is a company that's been making some very strategic acquisitions. This isn't a company that discovers its own sites; it purposefully selects mature, long-lived oil or natural gas fields to acquire, which makes its capital expenditures far less risky than those of some of its competitors. It has made 17 of these acquisitions in the five years it's been operating, totaling $2.5 billion, and the company now has positions in most of the major U.S. plays. This has led to incredible stable growth for the company, and excellent dividend yields for investors.
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One of Vanguard's competitors is SandRidge, a company that has seen some real turbulence as commodities prices fluctuated. Investors were startled after SandRidge plummeted when natural gas prices reached 10-year lows, but with the company halfway through its ambitious three-year plan to profitability, the future looks bright. If you're unsure about the future of this emerging oil and gas junior, and are looking to find out more about its strengths and weaknesses, you should view this brand-new premium report detailing SandRidge's game plan and what to expect from the company going forward. To get started, click here!