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shutterstock_130676432The investment attorneys with Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating and representing investors who were inappropriately recommended oil and gas and commodities related investments. Investors may have potential legal remedies due to unsuitable recommendations by their broker to invest in this speculative and volatile area. Raymond James in one brokerage firm that has served as an underwriter for many master limited partnerships (MLPs) deals and whose analysts have previously given high ratings to these investments.

Jeff Saut, chief investment strategist, at Raymond James stated that his favorite MLP plays included Yorkville High Income LLP ETF (YMLP) and Yorkville High Income Infrastructure MLP ETF (YMLI). These two funds have plummeted significantly since the recommendation.

Among the individual MLPs that have suffered significant declines and now is in jeopardy of bankruptcy that was promoted by Raymond James analysts is Linn Energy (LINE) and LinnCo (LNCO). Both stocks have plummeted in value by about 98% in value over the last year. For years Raymond James analyst Keven Smith kept a “Strong Buy” rating on Linn Energy. Finally, when the stock had plummeted 50% in value with no sign of recovery Smith downgraded LinnCo to “Outperform” from “Strong Buy” and the price target to $9 from $15. Only in February 2016 when Linn Energy was on the verge of bankruptcy did Raymond James analysts drop the stock to “Underperform.”

shutterstock_103476707The investment attorneys with Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses in oil and gas and commodities related investments. Investors may have potential legal remedies due to unsuitable recommendations by their broker to invest in this speculative and volatile area.

Among the MLPs that have suffered significant declines and now is in jeopardy of bankruptcy is Linn Energy (LINE) and LinnCo (LNCO). Both stocks have plummeted in value by about 98% in value over the last year. According to the company’s website, LinnCo is a limited liability company created to enhance LINN Energy LLC ability to raise additional equity capital to execute a growth strategy. While LinnCo’s initial purpose was to own units in its affiliate in connection with the acquisition of Berry Petroleum Company, LinnCo allowed the acquisition and subsequent transfer of assets to Linn Energy. Linn Energy is a top-20 U.S. independent oil and natural gas company and owns approximately 7.3 Tcfe(2) of proved reserves in the Rockies, California, Hugoton Basin, Mid- Continent, Permian Basin, east Texas and north Louisiana, Michigan, Illinois and South Texas.

Now according to analysts, Linn Energy and LinnCo announced a plan to “explore strategic alternatives related to its capital structure.” Simply put, it appears that Linn Energy is out of money and has drawn down the last of its credit facility with only $919 million left out of $3.6 billion line for general corporate purposes.

shutterstock_162924044The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to unsuitable recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments. LinnCO LLC (Ticker Symbol: LNCO) is a Master Limited Partnership (MLP). LinnCO has declined 91.7% in value from its 52-week high and is trading at only $1.21 a share. LinnCO business focuses in the oil and gas production sector.

About 86% of the total MLP securities market, a $490 billion sector, can be attributed to energy and natural resource companies. While MLPs have the same liquid trading characteristics as common stocks they are very different from typical stock investments. For instance, MLP’s are pass through investment vehicles, that is they pass through the income to the investor without any company level taxation. In addition, while there is no set payout level required to be adhered to by the company, unlike real estate investment trusts (REITs), MLP’s must derive 90% of their revenues from natural resources activities. However, most MLP’s do pay out most of their earnings through distributions causing company growth to come through the issuance of more debt and shares.

However, brokers that have recommended MLPs to investors may have made unsuitable recommendations based upon the yields of these investments rather than the risk to principal. Over the past year MLPs have been hammered due to weaknesses in oil and gas and commodities markets.