Spectra Energy (NYSE:SE) is a much different company than it was when the sun rose on January 1, 2013. According to energy analyst, Taylor Muckerman, that is a great thing. Between dropping down tremendous assets to Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP), of which it is the general partner, and overseeing 50% of advantageously positioned DCP Midstream (NYSE:DCP), distributions should keep rolling in at continuously increasing rates. Natural gas and natural gas liquids are the ticket for this company, and both areas couldn't be more well positioned for growth. Check out the following clip to see how it performed in 2013 and a few other reasons why Taylor likes this company.

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This segment is from Tuesday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

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