Why SandRidge Mississippian Trust I Plunged Last Week

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What: Shares of SandRidge Mississippian Trust I dropped as much as 14% today after the company announced a distribution and operational updates.

So what: The trust's distribution will be $0.6029 per unit, which is down from $0.6112 last quarter. The lower distribution is because oil production was lower than expected, at 102,000 barrels. Wells are completed, so the trust expects production to decline each quarter going forward. 

Now what: As a result of the disappointing quarter, both Wells Fargo  and Raymond James downgraded the stock, which hasn't helped today. The trust's current yield of 17% looks attractive, but given the downward trajectory, I don't think the payouts are worth paying for right now. I'm definitely not a buyer today, and will look for investments with increasing payouts long term instead of this trust.

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The article Why SandRidge Mississippian Trust I Plunged Last Week originally appeared on Fool.com.

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