The Market Loves These High Flying MLPs -- Should You?

The year-to-date rise of Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE: PSXP  ) and Valero Energy Partners (NYSE: VLP  ) has been impressive to say the least. While the S&P Index is up less than 7%, and the Alerian Index is up less than 13%, the aforementioned master limited partnerships have climbed 106% and 54%, respectively.

Is all that glitters gold? Maybe not. For one thing, these MLPs both hit the market with very low yields, and despite a hefty distribution increase at Phillips 66 Partners, the unit price appreciation has driven its yield to a level that is not at all common for MLPs. Given the respective corporate sponsorship of Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX  ) and Valero (NYSE: VLO  ) , could a compelling growth story entice investors anyway? The slideshow below pits these two MLPs head-to-head to find out.

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8/28/2015 3:18 PM
PSX $76.82 Up +1.80 +2.40%
Phillips 66 CAPS Rating: *****
PSXP $62.03 Up +0.40 +0.65%
VLO $58.84 Up +0.49 +0.84%
Valero Energy Corp CAPS Rating: ****
VLP $49.85 Up +0.93 +1.89%
Valero Energy Part… CAPS Rating: No stars