8. TransCanada (TRP)
Company profile: TransCanada, with a market value of $29 billion, is one of the largest pipeline operators in North America with more than 37,000 miles of natural gas pipelines. Although the U.S. government recently tabled the company's request to build an extension to its existing Keystone pipeline (Keystone XL), which would connect Canadian and North Dakota oil to the Gulf Coast and the refineries there, that project could get approved under a new presidential administration and be completed within a few years.
Dividend Yield: 4.16%
Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 5.2% this year, but have a three-year, average annual return of 14% and a 10-year annual return of 13%.Analysts give its shares two "buy" ratings, three "buy/holds," 10 "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has it rated "buy" with a $49 price target, which is a 20% premium to the current price. S&P says: "We think its ability to boost volumes from oil sands, exploit gas opportunities and provide low-cost generation in Alberta will drive cash flow and earnings growth." 7. Enbridge (ENB) Company profile: Enbridge, with a market value of $30 billion, owns one of North America's largest crude-oil pipeline networks, connecting Alberta's oil sands with refineries in the Midwest. It also owns natural gas pipelines as well as Canada's largest gas distribution utility. Dividend Yield: 2.97% Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 3.5% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 31%, and over 10 years the annualized return is 19%. Analysts give its shares two "buy" ratings, six "buy/holds," five "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Morningstar says: "Enbridge's assets produce steady cash flows with little sensitivity to volumes or commodity prices, and their regulated rates virtually ensure profitability." 6. Spectra Energy (SE) Company profile: Spectra, with a market value of $18 billion, owns and operates major transmission pipelines, and roughly 7% of U.S. natural gas storage capacity. Morningstar analysts say: "Spectra is a pure play on natural gas demand. Its operations stretch across all links in the natural gas value chain, with the exception of riskier exploration and production." Dividend Yield: 4.03& Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 7.8% this year, but have a three-year, average annual return of 21%. Analysts give its shares three "buy" ratings, three "buy/holds," and eight "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has it rated "strong buy," with a $37 price target, which is a 33% premium to the current price. 5. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) Company profile: Marathon Petroleum, with a market value of $13 billion, is a refiner of gasoline and distillates which it transports and sells from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast and throughout the Southeast. Dividend Yield: 2.64% Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 15% this year. It's a 2011 spin-off from Marathon Oil. Analysts give its shares four "buy" ratings, seven "buy/holds," and four "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has it rated "buy" with a $49 price target, which is a 25% premium to the current price.
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