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NuStar Energy L.P

Dividend Yield: 8.60%

NuStar Energy L.P (NYSE:NS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.60%.

NuStar Energy L.P. engages in the terminalling, storage, and transportation of petroleum products primarily in the United States and the Netherlands. The company operates in three segments: Storage, Transportation, and Asphalt and Fuels Marketing. Currently there are no analysts that rate NuStar Energy L.P a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for NuStar Energy L.P has been 436,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. NuStar Energy L.P has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates NuStar Energy L.P as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 3.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 48.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • NS's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further.
  • NUSTAR ENERGY LP has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NUSTAR ENERGY LP swung to a loss, reporting -$3.37 versus $2.79 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.03 versus -$3.37).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 136.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $30.20 million to -$11.02 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, NUSTAR ENERGY LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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