In the following video, Joel South gives investors three compelling reasons to invest in Energy Transfer Partners.

First, ETP is no longer just a natural gas midstream play. With a two-year, $3.1 billion business expansion and the acquisition of Sunoco, ETP has oil pipelines to Eagle Ford shale oil and exposure to Utica and Marcellus shale gas.

Second, the company is moving toward fee-based contracts. This guarantees cash flow, which in turn helps reduce borrowing costs. Other companies have successfully used this business model; ETP should benefit as well.

And finally, corporate management has made growing its distributions a priority. While currently paying a 7.6% yield, ETP hasn't increased its distribution rate since 2008. With its business expansion, Sunoco acquisition, and fee-based business model, ETP should increase its distribution rate in the future.

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