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Ratings Roundup: U.S. Midstream Energy Sector Is Generally Stable, But Downside May Be Looming Oct 10

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services believes credit trends for the U.S. midstream energy sector in the second quarter of 2010 were by and large stable, although mixed signals could weigh on future credit quality. Commodity prices are trending downward, higher price hedges are rolling off, and basis differentials remain narrow. Companies' liquidity positions, however, have generally improved. Access to the debt and equity capital markets remains strong, particularly for investment-grade issuers that have benefited from robust investor demand for corporate bonds, low interest rates, and healthy equity markets. The number of asset purchases has increased in recent months, as master limited partnerships (MLP) seek growth in a weak economy. Some of the larger transactions included: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.'s $289...

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Companies Mentioned
- El Paso CGP Co
- Colorado Interstate Gas Co.
- El Paso Natural Gas Co.
- SeaRiver Maritime Financial Holdings Inc.
- Florida Gas Transmission Co. LLC
- Kinder Morgan Inc.
- ANR Pipeline Co.
- Northern Natural Gas Co.
- Northwest Pipeline LLC
- Gas Transmission Northwest Corp
- Southern Union Co.
- Texas Eastern Transmission L.P.
- Texas Gas Transmission LLC
- Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC
- The Williams Cos. Inc.
- BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc.
- Colonial Pipeline Co.
- Dixie Pipeline Co.
- Explorer Pipeline Co.
- Questar Pipeline Co.
- Southern LNG Co.
- Phillips Alaska Pipeline Corp.
- Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.
- Enable Oklahoma Intrastate Transmission, LLC
- Western Gas Resources Inc.
- Chevron Transport Corp.
- Transwestern Pipeline Co LLC
- Overseas Shipholding Group Inc.
- OMI Corp.
- Kern River Gas Transmission Co.
- El Paso Holdco LLC
- Spectra Energy Capital LLC
- TE Products Pipeline Co. LLC
- Buckeye Partners L.P.
- Enbridge Energy Partners L.P.
- Noark Pipeline Finance, L.L.C.
- Enbridge Energy L.P.
- Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P.
- GulfTerra Energy Partners L.P.
- Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline LLC
- Northern Border Pipeline Co.
- Plains All American Pipeline L.P.
- Enterprise Products Partners L.P.
- DCP Midstream LLC
- Iroquois Gas Transmission System L.P.
- ONEOK Partners L.P.
- Entergy-Koch L.P.
- TEPPCO Partners L.P.
- NuStar Pipeline Operating Partnership L.P.
- TransMontaigne Inc.
- Sunoco Logistics Partners LP
- Sunoco Logistics Partners Operations LP
- Pacific Energy Partners L.P.
- U.S. Shipping Partners L.P.
- General Maritime Corp.
- Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.
- Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.
- Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc.
- Southern Star Central Corp.
- MarkWest Energy Partners L.P.
- CrossCountry Energy LLC
- Inergy L.P.
- Regency Gas Services L.P.
- Gulf South Pipeline Co. L.P.
- LB Pacific L.P.
- Holly Energy Partners L.P.
- Cheniere Energy Inc.
- Targa Resources Inc.
- K-Sea Transportation Partners L.P.
- Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC
- Targa Pipeline Partners LP
- Copano Energy LLC
- Williams Partners L.P.
- Rockies Express Pipeline LLC
- Regency Energy Partners L.P.
- Spectra Energy Corp.
- IFM (U.S.) Colonial Pipeline 2 LLC
- Energy Transfer Partners L.P.
- Enterprise GP Holdings L.P.
- MidCon LLC
- Southeast Supply Header LLC
- Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC
- PVR Partners L.P.
- Crestwood Holdings LLC
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