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5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: International Shipholding

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, dry-bulk shipper International Shipholding (NYSE: ISH  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

International Shipholding facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Mobile, Ala. (1978)

Market Cap

$260.5 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$362.9 million


CEO Niels Johnsen (since 2007)
CFO Manuel Estrada (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$64.8 million / $164.4 million

Dividend Yield


Other Highly Rated Shipping Stocks

Diana Shipping (NYSE: DSX  )
Excel Maritime (NYSE: EXM  )
Frontline (NYSE: FRO  )

CAPS Members Bullish on ISH Also Bullish on

General Electric (NYSE: GE  )

CAPS Members Bearish on ISH Also Bearish on (Nasdaq: AMZN  )
Crocs (Nasdaq: CROX  )

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 187 members who have rated International Shipholding believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and garifool.

Just last week, TSIF tapped the stock as a particularly steady sailor:

[International Shipholding] has minimal ships that need to stay busy at a good rate, but they carry specialized cargo. Book slightly above 1, decent margins, good cash flow, very LOW float. ... With the dividend and positive cash flow, while I don't see tremendous upside potential, I do see some stability.

In a pitch from one week earlier, garifool also urges Fools not to miss the boat:

[International Shipholding] is not the biggest cap of the transportation industry. But from all its peers, [International Shipholding] is among those that least suffered from the global economy crisis. [International Shipholding] is in the process of modernizing its fleet and getting ready for the recovery, wherever it happens first.... [C]onsidering the high dividend growth from the past years, its actual dividend yield, the TTM revenue, and its overall fundamentals, there is room for this stock for another 100% growth.

What do you think about International Shipholding, or any other stock for that matter? Make your voice heard on Motley Fool CAPS today. The CAPS community is waiting to hear your opinions. CAPS is 100% free, so get started!

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Amazon is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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