4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Diana Shipping

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, dry-bulk shipper Diana Shipping (NYS: DSX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Diana's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Diana facts

Headquarters (Founded)Athens, Greece (1999)
Market Cap$690.3 million
IndustryShipping
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$279 million
ManagementChairman/CEO Simeon Palios (since 2005)
CFO Andreas Michalopoulos (since 2006)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)14.4%
Cash/Debt$375.6 million / $349.6 million
CompetitorsDryShips (NAS: DRYS)
Genco Shipping & Trading (NYS: GNK)
Navios Maritime (NYS: NM)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 2,550 members who have rated Diana believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include baldphil and macheu02.

This past summer, baldphil tapped Diana as solid long-term opportunity:

Great balance sheet. Buying ships on the cheap. Will pick up market share no matter what, but it may be a few years till the value is reflected in the stock price.

In fact, Diana sports a rather comforting debt-to-equity ratio of 30%. That's much lower than competitors DryShips (108%), Genco (129%), and Navios (129%).

CAPS member macheu02 expands on the outperform argument:

Goods will need to be shipped even in a down economy. Diana has more cash on hand than long term debt, and will be able to weather the current economic storm better than its rivals that have a ton of debt. I would expect [Diana] to gain as the shock wears off, especially if they reestablish their dividend.

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