• Long Road Ahead for TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline

    By Robert Baillieul - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, KMI, TRP

    The media is buzzing about TransCanada's (NYSE: TRP) Energy East pipeline. According to its proponents, the project will allow Alberta crude to access new markets and drive oil sands development. But don't get too excited. The pipeline is still a long way from approval. 

    The proposal
    Last month, TransCanada announced that it's moving forward with its Energy East Pipeline, which will transport Canadian crude oil to east more »

  • Should You Follow Warren Buffett Into This Energy Stock?

    By Robert Baillieul - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, SU, TRP

    The Oracle of Omaha is looking north of the border for new investment opportunities. On Thursday, Warren Buffett revealed through a regulatory filing that he has accumulated a stake of 17.8-million shares in Canada’s largest energy producer Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU). Yet in spit of shares rising sharply in recent months, it's not too late to follow Buffett into this high quality oil and gas company.

    There more »

  • 4 Things You Need to Know About TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline

    By Robert Baillieul - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: KMP, TRP

    Like Keystone XL before it, another pipeline battle is brewing north of the border. In July, TransCanada (NYSE: TRP) announced that it will push forward on its proposed Energy East pipeline. Here are the four things you should know about the proposal. 

    1. If completed, Energy East will be one of the longest pipelines in the world.

    If approved, the pipeline will ship 1.1 million barrels per day of more »

  • 2 Myths You've Been Told About the Keystone XL Pipeline

    By Robert Baillieul - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: EEP, ENB, KMP, TRP

    The debate surrounding TransCanada's (NYSE: TRP) Keystone XL pipeline has been one of the fact-free varieties. Both sides - industry representatives and environmentalists - stretch the truth a little to justify their case. Let's address two of the biggest myths surrounding the project and what they mean for investors. 

    Myth #1: Keystone will cut the price of gas at the pump

    This is a common claim made by supporters of more »

  • Does Canada Even Need Keystone?

    By Robert Baillieul - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: CLR, ENB, TRP

    President Obama's critical comments of TransCanada's (NYSE: TRP) Keystone XL pipeline suggest the chances of the projects's approval are waning. But while America dithers, Canada isn't standing by. With so many options emerging in recent months, Keystone is losing relevance. 

    New options emerging

    While Keystone has been held in political purgatory, Canadian oil producers are securing access to new markets.

    On Thursday, TransCanada gave the green-light more »

  • Can North America Become Energy Independent?

    By Robert Baillieul - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, TRP

    Can North America really become energy independent?

    Based on the media consensus, energy self sufficiency is right around the corner. A report by Citigroup predicts North America could wean itself off imports by 2020. Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm thinks it's possible with less government interference. But is this goal really achievable? Let's investigate. 

    The road to independence

    We're in the midst of a North American energy more »

  • The Crude by Rail Boom in 6 Charts

    By Robert Baillieul - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, CP, TRP

    The tragic train derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec has put the spotlight on the crude by rail boom. But you might not know what's going on. Here're six charts that quickly summarize the important trend surrounding this disaster.

    The rise of the oil sands

    The crude by rail boom had its start in the Alberta oil sands and the North Dakota Bakken where new technologies like in-situ and fracking more »

  • Pipelines Still Have Growth Ahead

    By Reuben Brewer - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: EPD, KMP, KMR, TRP

    The early July explosion of train cars carrying crude oil in Canada quickly turned into a disaster. It also exposed the risks of the increasing use of trains to transport oil. Although pipelines have their own risks, the fallout from this event will help support growth at pipeline giants like Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD), Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMP), and TransCanada (NYSE: TRP).

    Messy Business

    Oil and natural gas drilling more »

  • Will Keystone Increase the Price You Pay at the Pump?

    By Robert Baillieul - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: MPC, SU, TRP

    Will TransCanada's (NYSE: TRP) Keystone XL pipeline increase the price you pay at the pump? One study says it will. According to a report by the non-profit Consumer Watchdog, Keystone would increase the price of gasoline for millions of American consumers. Here's an excerpt:

    "U.S. drivers would be forced to pay higher prices for tar sands oil, particularly in the Midwest. There, gasoline costs could rise by more »

  • Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Primed for Robust Growth

    By Ashit Gulati - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, KMP, TRP

    Recently it was reported by the Energy Information Administration, or EIA, that the US' recoverable amount of oil and gas reserves is 35% greater than in 2011. The shale revolution has unlocked the tremendous potential of the natural gas and oil industry, bringing about a huge increase in the oil and gas pipeline distribution around the U.S. and Canada.

    In the AEO2013 Reference case and EVA projections, natural gas more »

  • To Be Profitable, We Need More Regulation

    By Joshua Bondy - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, TOT, TRP

    Recently, a Canadian train carrying oil crashed in a small town and killed 50 people. This shouldn't be a great surprise, as more oil is being transported by trains, and statistics show that the risk of a spill by a train is around six times greater than a spill by a pipeline. There is strong opposition to new pipelines like the Transcanada (NYSE: TRP) Keystone XL, but recent events more »

  • 7 Core Growth Stocks for Your Portfolio - Enbridge

    By Robert Baillieul - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, ENB, TRP

    Investors can prime their portfolio for success by building on a collection of core growth stocks. These are wonderful businesses with both a sustainable competitive advantage and a long growth runway. Enbridge (NYSE: ENB) is one of the few companies that meet both of those requirements. 

    Why it's a core stock

    Enbridge moves energy. These are the guys who ship energy from the wellhead to the refinery and into more »

  • Why Make the Less Sexy Bet on Energy?

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: KMI, OKE, TRP, WMB

    Sure transportation and storage doesn't sound as sexy as exploring, extracting and refining oil and gas, but it can still make investors money. The major oil and gas transportation companies also provide solid income. 

    What's more, for investors looking to avoid the confusion and increased headache related to tax filings (i.e. receiving K-1s) that comes with investing in limited partnerships, there are energy transport corporations available. The more »

  • O Canada – Your Market Is A Buy!

    By Brendan O'Boyle - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CNI, POT, TD, TRP

    Note: This article has been amended to better reflect Canadian National Railway's geographical reach

    After a strong first half in 2013, the S&P 500 has outperformed nearly every stock market index this year. Expanding valuations have driven the rally, and the S&P 500 is presently valued ~10% more dearly than in January 2012. Many international markets have lagged the U.S. and are now tempting investment candidates more »

  • Energy Producers Are off the Hook

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, RDS-A, TRP

    A recent report issued by Organizational Studies suggests that global warming isn’t really an issue. Fewer than half of the geoscientists and engineers who participated in a survey maintain that global warming is a man-made phenomenon.

    What’s more is that the lion’s share of survey participants blame the earth’s warming on natural causes, suggesting that global warming isn’t posing a serious threat. And according to more »

  • TransCanada Boosted by Government Commitment

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: CVE, SU, TRP

    TransCanada (NYSE: TRP) gained some solidarity on July 4 when Alberta Premier Alison Redford announced a $5 billion commitment to send oil to Canada's east coast over the next 20 years.

    The memorandum of understanding struck by the province aims to transport up to 100,000 barrels per day along TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline. This shows the government's commitment to supporting the province's pipeline operators more »

  • Where Energy Meets Return

    By Ryan Guenette - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, EPD, KMP, OKS, TRP

    A trailblazing North American energy transportation and distribution company, Enbridge (NYSE: ENB), has been trounced year to date, declining 4.99% compared to the 12.42% return offered by the blue chip average.

    Enbridge transports and distributes energy across the United States and Canada. Operating a crude oil and liquids transportation system, Enbridge is additionally operating in the natural gas transmission and midstream businesses. Liquids pipelines, gas distribution, gas pipelines more »

  • The Future Looks Bleak for Keystone XL

    By Phillip Woolgar - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, KMP, TRP

    Less than a month after the British Columbia government rejected an Enbridge (NYSE: ENB) pipeline proposal, TransCanada's (NYSE: TRP) Keystone XL pipeline hopes also appear squashed.

    On June 25, President Barack Obama said the pipeline would only extend from Alberta to Texas if it "doesn't significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution."

    That casts serious doubts on TransCanada's ability to extend the major project from Canada to more »

  • The Top 3 Challenges Facing the Oil Sands

    By Robert Baillieul - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: IMO, SU, TRP

    Calgary's downtown core has gone dark. 

    Canada's energy capital is under a blackout after devastating floods made a ghost town out of the city's office towers. It could take days for the water to recede and power to return. 

    Does the natural disaster in Calgary foreshadow problems in the oil sands? This year several large projects have already been cancelled and new problems threaten to stall growth more »

  • Betting on Keystone

    By David Mercer - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: COP, ENB, TRP

    Today, the Keystone XL Pipeline is the million dollar question. Without getting into the politics surrounding it, let's examine what approval of the pipeline might mean for investors. In this post we'll examine three companies that stand to benefit from the pipeline should it get approved. The first of these, Enbridge (NYSE: ENB), is a Canadian pipeline operator that I've covered before. The company is one of more »

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