SOURCE: Brighton Markets

May 18, 2012 09:00 ET

2012 Economic Outlook - Report Highlights Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc and AmeriGas Partners, L.P.

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - May 18, 2012) - Today, announced new reports highlighting Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc (NYSE: LPI) and AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APU). Gain market insight with full analysis and research downloads available at

Economic fundamentals leading into 2012 have set a generally positive pace with GDP growth likely to pick up through the coming year. However, there are several important caveats to note as the world economy continues to face headwinds and risks weigh to the downside. Positive outlooks are conditional on fiscal policy in payroll taxes and unemployment insurance benefits and upon the easing of the European debt situation. A repeat of volatility experience in 2011 is likely in 2012, as perceptions about the strength of the U.S. economy and the euro zone will vary over time as events unfold.

Despite the current situation, our team continues to identify high momentum situations with growth potential -- there remains strong opportunity within careful discretion.

Brighton Markets is releasing new coverage on Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc for its current position within the basic materials industry. Laredo Petroleum Holdings, Inc. (Laredo) is an independent energy company focused on the exploration, development and acquisition of oil and natural gas in the Permian and Mid-Continent regions of the United States. The full research report on Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc (NYSE: LPI) is available here:

Brighton Markets has released research on AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for its changing role within the utilities industry. AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (the Partnership) is a retail propane distributor in the United States. As of September 30, 2011, the Partnership served approximately 1.3 million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and motor fuel customers in all 50 states from nearly 1,200 propane distribution locations. The full research report on AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APU) is available here:

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