Linn Energy, LLC

  • Weak Prices have this Hedged Producer over the Barrel

    By Peter Horn - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: BRY, LNCO, LINE, OKS

    Linn Energy’s (NASDAQ: LINE) current predicament is a conservative investor’s worst nightmare. This is after all, a company often bought for long-term income and preservation of capital. Linn sports an excellent track record of value creation, but keeping up growth is becoming more and more of a challenge. Recent events starkly highlight the depth of that problem. One obvious cure for what ails Linn is closure of the more »

  • This Heavy Oil Producer Is Heavily Discounted

    By Nathan Kirykos - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: BNK, BTE, BRY, LINE, PRE

    The discovery of the Patos-Marinza field in 1928 was a major milestone for Albania's energy history. However, plagued by inefficient management and obsolete technologies, Albania’s oil production declined and was on the brink of extinction in the post-independence transition period. Following a shift away from Communism in 1992, Albania has been welcoming of foreign investment for the development of its petroleum resources, offering favorable fiscal terms to the more »

  • Why is This MLP an Opportunity for Investors?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: DVN, LNCO, LINE

    Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN), an independent oil and gas exploration company focused on U.S. and Canadian assets, is planning on spinning off its natural gas gathering and processing assets in Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming into a midstream MLP (Master Limited Partnership) to be filed in Q3 2013 for an initial public offering contingent on market conditions.

    Devon will be the general partner of the MLP, and Devon will use more »

  • The Ghost of Charles Ponzi Haunts Linn Energy

    By J.A. Graham - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: BRY, KMP, LNCO, LINE

    There has been a lot of bad press for master limited partnerships and energy limited liability corporations over the past five months. Barron’s initiated a series of articles starting in February criticizing Linn Energy’s (NASDAQ: LINE) accounting. That has escalated into increasing short interest and countless sensational accusations, including Linn Energy as a Ponzi scheme, since an informal U.S. Securities and Exchange investigation was announced in early more »

  • A Perfect Storm Sinks Linn Energy

    By J.A. Graham - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: BRY, KMP, LINE

    It has been an ugly week for energy companies with the letters LP or LLC after their name.  Limited liability corporations (LLC) and master limited partnerships (MLP) are structured to give companies a tax advantaged business if it distributes income to unit-holders who in turn will pay the taxes on that distribution. The company does not pay taxes on this income.

    The best MLP?

    Historically, master limited partnerships have been more »

  • The Lesson of Linn

    By Dana Blankenhorn - July 6, 2013 | Tickers: BRY, LNCO, LINE

    Don't play poker with a guy named Doc. Don't eat at a place called Mom's. And don't make big bets on stuff you don't understand.

    That's the lesson of Linn Energy (NASDAQ: LINE).

    Linn fell hard this week after admitting that the SEC was investigating its accounting  and its proposed acquisition of another exploration company, Berry Petroleum (NYSE: BRY). The company had a deal more »

  • Is The Linn-Berry Merger in Trouble?

    By Bob Ciura - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: BRY, LNCO, LINE

    Note: This article incorrectly referenced June 2 as the date of the sell-off of Linn Energy's stock. The actual date was July 2. This has been corrected below.

    The planned merger between Linn Energy (NASDAQ: LINE) and Berry Petroleum (NYSE: BRY) has been eagerly anticipated by investors for many months. Berry Petroleum shareholders will receive a healthy premium for their shares, and Linn investors get to see their company more »

  • The 2 Best Upstream MLPs Are on Sale Now

    By Casey Hoerth - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: BRY, LINE, VNR

    The latest correction in stocks has been caused by rising bond yields. As 10-year Treasury notes have gone from 1.6% to 2.5%, many dividend paying, slow growth stocks have been hit the hardest. For many, it just doesn't make sense to hold them with these higher bond rates.

    One group hit very hard has been the upstream MLPs. Upstream MLPs are oil and gas producers which enjoy more »

  • These Natural Gas MLPs Deserve Your Attention

    By Ryan Palmer - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: BBEP, LNCO, LINE

    Income investors and MLPs go together like peanut butter and jelly. A company receiving tax benefits in exchange for distributing the lion's share of earnings as a dividend sounds like a good deal to me. Master limited partnerships provide some of the healthiest and most stable dividends north of 5%. When I see MLPs that are highly rated on CAPS and are trading in a range well removed from more »

  • Tale of the Tape: Insider Buying at Three Large Companies

    By John Macris - June 16, 2013 | Tickers: AOL, CUK, LNCO, LINE

    One of my weekly rituals as an investor is to review insider activity through the SEC Form 4 filings. Corporate executives and board members (“insiders”) are required to fully disclose their stock purchases pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940.

    Individual investors can benefit greatly from studying insider activity. Whether you are taking a sector view or considering an individual company, learning more »

  • This Dividend Stock Is a Bit Risky

    By Nur Tarkak - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: BBEP, LINE, VNR

    Shares of BreitBurn Energy (NASDAQ: BBEP) moved higher after the company released its first-quarter 2013 results. BreitBurn saw growth in various aspects of its operations. However, there are also rising concerns about its distribution coverage ratio, which missed estimates. BreitBurn's quarter ended with a coverage ratio of only about 0.7x, which is below the target rate of 1.1x to 1.2x.

    A coverage ratio of 1.0 more »

  • Attractive MLPs Are Everywhere

    By Bob Ciura - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: KMP, LNCO, LINE

    Ongoing fear of higher interest rates resulting from tapering by the Federal Reserve, whereby our central bank would wind down its policy of aggressive bond purchases, has served as a major drag on certain market sectors over the past few weeks.

    One sector being hit particularly hard on the possibility of higher interest rates in the near future is the energy sector, and more specifically, oil and gas Master Limited more »

  • Make an extra 5% on Linn Energy

    By Siddharth Dalal - June 1, 2013 | Tickers: BRY, LNCO, LINE

    I have been following the prices of LinnCo (NASDAQ: LNCO) and Berry Petroloeum (NYSE: BRY) for the last few months. LinnCo is basically a holding company for shares of Linn Energy (NASDAQ: LINE) and a means to invest in Linn Energy without the hassles of a K1.

    Linn Energy expects to merge with Berry Petroleum, with the deal closing in the third quarter, a delay from the original expected close more »

  • 3 High Dividend Paying Companies to Buy

    By Madhukar Dubey - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: APO, CTL, LINE

    Choosing a company with a good dividend yield is always a preference for income investors. However, this also increases the risk of choosing a company which doesn’t have a strong history of paying dividends. In this article, I am picking two companies, Linn Energy (NASDAQ: LINE) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), which have a five-year average dividend yield of 9.70% and 7.90%, respectively.

    I have also also analyzed more »

  • Can You "Bank" on MLPs?

    By David Mercer - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: ETP, EPD, LINE

    Recently, with the stock market soaring, investors are hungry for yield. This trend led many investors to consider master limited partnerships (MLPs) as their preferred investment vehicle, but are they right for you? To answer this question, we'll take a brief survey of few of the prominent MLPs and examine the merits of each.

    Linn Energy (NASDAQ: LINE) is a favorite of mine. Most energy sector MLPs are based more »

  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s Dividend Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: APL, CIM, KMI, KFN, LINE

    Omega Advisors was founded by Leon Cooperman in 1991 after he had headed Goldman Sachs Asset Management, with Cooperman becoming a billionaire on the strength of the fund’s performance. The fund recently filed its 13F with the SEC, disclosing many of its long equity positions as of March .We track these filings from hundreds of hedge funds as part of our work developing investment strategies; we have found, for more »

  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman's Top Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: APL, KMI, LINE, QCOM, S

    Billionaire Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors filed its quarterly 13F with the SEC on May 15, disclosing many of its long equity positions as of late March. We at Insider Monkey track 13Fs from hundreds of hedge funds, including Omega, as part of our work developing investment strategies (we have found, for example, that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds earn an average excess return of 18 more »

  • Oil Companies Are Diversifying

    By Nihar Patel - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, XOM, LINE

    It turns out oil companies are behind natural gas. It is, after all, another fossil fuel that is found with oil. However, in the coming natural gas economy, the only companies discussed are smaller ones that have the highest potential, though you can understand why investors want companies with the highest potential. Still, there is potential in the big players as well.

    King of fossil fuels

    ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) is more »

  • What's Going on With Linn Energy?

    By Bob Ciura - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: BPL, KMP, LINE

    As Warren Buffett would say, investors should be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy. When it comes to oil and gas Master Limited Partnership Linn Energy (NASDAQ: LINE), it’s fair to say that investors are fearful. The stock has been besieged in recent days by a negative article, which has crushed the stock and shaken the temperament of even the company's most confident more »

  • Solar Will Remain on Shaky Ground...At Least for Now

    By Nihar Patel - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: FSLR, LINE, SPWR

    I understand that guiding upwards is exciting news, but I do have a few concerns regarding the announcement made by First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR). The increased guidance is on the heels of news regarding an acquisition. In February 2013, the company gave 1Q 2013 guidance below analyst expectations, and in April, it guided for the full year far above analyst expectations.

    The reaction to this good news was great with more »

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