DryShips Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of freight shipper and erstwhile oil driller DryShips (NAS: DRYS) fell as much as 14.9% today on slightly above-average volume.

So what: The company doesn't have any news of its own today, but it sits at the nexus of several bad mojo flows:

  • The Athens-based company doesn't like the Greek debt crisis at all, and today was another day of no good news on that front.
  • Other Greek shippers also suffered, including Diana Shipping (NYS: DSX) and Navios Maritime Partners (NYS: NMM) , and the ill will spread across international borders to give New York-based rival Genco Shipping & Trading (NYS: GNK) a double-digit percentage cut.
  • Even the oil-drilling efforts dragged DryShips down as November crude prices sank to $77.80 a barrel.

Now what:DryShips was never a great investment, even when share prices rocketed above $100 three years ago. Management always looked self-serving, and it's hard not to chuckle at the self-inflicted financial damage there as an overly leveraged capital structure falls apart. Unfortunately, many individual investors were caught in this 98% three-year implosion, and I sure hope you weren't among them.

No good can come from this toxic stock, even from these low starting prices. Don't try to catch this falling knife.

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