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UPDATE: Goldman Sachs Upgrades MarkWest Energy on Multiple Positive Factors

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Ladenburg Thalmann Initiates MarkWest Energy Partners With Buy

In a report published Wednesday, Goldman Sachs analyst Theodore Durbin upgraded MarkWest Energy (NYSE: MWE) from Neutral to Buy, and raised the price target from $70.00 to $81.00.

In the report, Goldman Sachs noted, “We upgrade MarkWest Energy Partners (MWE) to Buy from Neutral, with 22% total return upside to our new $81, 12-month price target. We believe MWE provides the best exposure to midstream growth in the Marcellus/Utica shale due to its scale and connectivity with multiple producer customers in the fast growing region. Given its established footprint, first-mover advantage, and multi-billion dollar fee-based project backlog, we see MWE as one of the best organic growth stories under our coverage. We forecast 11% distribution growth CAGR from 2012-2015 relative to our MLP average forecast of 6%, primarily driven by Marcellus/Utica organic expansions.”

MarkWest Energy closed on Tuesday at $69.00.

Latest Ratings for MWE

DateFirmActionFromTo
Apr 2015CitigroupMaintainsBuy
Apr 2015JefferiesMaintainsHold
Apr 2015Ladenburg ThalmannInitiates Coverage onBuy

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