Best and Worst Investments of 2012

By Ben Steverman - 2012-12-12T21:04:13Z

Photograph by Plamen Petkov/Bloomberg

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Best Master Limited Partnership

Calumet Specialty Products Partners


Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs, are publicly traded partnerships in the natural resources, commodity or real estate industries. They've attracted investor attention for their generous dividends. Calumet (CLMT), with a dividend yield above 8 percent, is a fast-growing processor of oil into a variety of fuels and other products such as solvents and waxes. It made four acquisitions in 2012 and raised its dividend four times.

Universe and criteria: 75 master limited partnerships listed on U.S. exchanges with market capitalizations of $500 million or more.