In trading on Tuesday, shares of Gastar Exploration Inc.'s 8.625% Series A Cumulative Preferred Securities (GST.PRA) were yielding above the 11% mark based on its monthly dividend (annualized to $2.1562), with shares changing hands as low as $19.50 on the day. This compares to an average yield of 1.89% in the "Oil & Gas Exploration & Production" preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel. As of last close, GST.PRA was trading at a 20.08% discount to its liquidation preference amount, versus the average discount of 25.89% in the "Oil & Gas Exploration & Production" category.

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The chart below shows the one year performance of GST.PRA shares, versus GST:

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Below is a dividend history chart for GST.PRA, showing historical dividend payments on Gastar Exploration Inc.'s 8.625% Series A Cumulative Preferred Securities :

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In Tuesday trading, Gastar Exploration Inc.'s 8.625% Series A Cumulative Preferred Securities ( GST.PRA) is currently down about 2.3% on the day, while the common shares ( GST) are up about 1.2%.