The 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. Our firm represents securities investors in claims against brokerage firms over sales practices related to the recommendations of oil & gas and commodities products such as exchange traded notes (ETNs), structured notes, private placements, master limited partnerships (MLPs), leveraged ETFs, mutual funds, and individual stocks.
Among the MLPs that have suffered significant declines is NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS). NuStar Energy has plummeted in value by 54% in value over the last year. According to the company’s website, NuStar Energy has an enterprise value of around $6 billion and based in San Antonio, TX. NuStar has approximately 8,700 miles of pipeline and 79 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil and other refined products. NuStar Energy has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.
As a background, about 86% of the total MLP securities market, a $490 billion sector, can be attributed to energy and natural resource companies. In the past year, investors have lost $20 billion in publicly traded in master limited partnerships, publicly traded oil funds. This amounts to an astonishing $8 of every $10 they had invested, according to a report prepared for The Associated Press article. The research does not include losses from $37 billion of bonds sold by the partnerships in the five years since 2010 or losses from private placement partnerships. However, banks like Citigroup, Barclays, and Wells Fargo made an estimated $1.1 billion in fees for selling these products to investors.