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DryShips Sets Rig Unit's Offering at $17.50

Stocks in this article: DRYS FREE PRGN DSX ESEA



Goldman analysts initiated coverage of the dry-bulk shipper recently with a buy rating and $17 price target, which represents a 34.6% upside to Diana's closing price the day prior of $12.63.

Goldman's bullish rating cited the fact that 60% of Diana's fleet is chartered out through at least the second half of 2012. The firm estimated that Diana has $1 billion in cash and debt capacity to take advantage of expected vessel-acquisition opportunities. Goldman also likes Diana's disciplined managed team.

Diana recently posted third-quarter net income of $33.8 million earlier this month, up 17.8% from a profit of $28.7 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Dry-bulk shipping peer FreeSeas (FREE - Get Report) saw its shares gain 3.2% Wednesday.

The operator of drybulk carriers posted a net loss of $9.5 million, or $1.51 per share, for the third quarter, compared with a profit of $465,000, or 8 cents per share, in the year-earlier period.

FreeSeas' revenue pushed up 5.3% to $13.8 million.

Paragon Shipping (PRGN - Get Report) shares were 0.6% higher Wednesday.

Analysts from Cantor Fitzgerald maintained a buy rating on Paragon but recently lowered their price target on the stock by $1 to $5.

"We now look for Paragon to report 2010 earnings per share of 39 cents (from 33 cents) and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $65 million (from $67 million)," the equities research firm noted. "For 2011, we look for PRGN to generate EPS of 40 cents and EBITDA of $70 million. We note that our 2011 estimates assume the company's open vessels achieve an average daily rate of $18,000 for the Handymaxes."

Like FreaSeas, Euroseas (ESEA - Get Report) swung to a quarterly loss. The shipper posted lower revenue and hedging benefits, and said rates continued to soften.

Euroseas posted a smaller-than-expected loss but revenue came in shy of expectations.

The drybulk carrier saw its shares bid 1.8% lower on Wednesday.

-- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York.



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