Is Energy Transfer Partners Really a Buy?

Last week, Zack's Equity Research rated Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP  ) a "strong buy," citing the partnership's increased diversity, both operationally and geographically. Units of the master limited partnership have had an abysmal year, and sit virtually flat from January's price. Is something broken at ETP?

In order to start figuring that out, the slideshow below compares five key metrics at Energy Transfer Partners to not only its large-cap peers Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD  ) and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP  ) , but its Energy Transfer cousins Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE: SXL  ) and Regency Energy Partners (NYSE: RGP  ) as well.

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  • Report this Comment On July 19, 2014, at 10:02 PM, JosephCam82 wrote:

    Perhaps it does not increase in price because it does not grow the distribution very quickly although coverage is nice. Once it has obtained that reputation, interest has to be stimulated in the issue by some consecutive healthy increases in distribution. I owned it some years ago, sold it and built a small position again on dips starting last year. It has done OK for me, and has a low beta as far as I see. I think the future is greater to the upside than down at this point.

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