DryShips Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of DryShips (Nasdaq: DRYS  ) climbed 10% today after Wall Street analyst Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS  ) upgraded the dry bulk shipper from neutral to buy.

So what: Along with the upgrade, Goldman raised its price target on DryShips to $6, representing a big 57% premium to yesterday's closing price. With the shares having been clobbered about 50% over the past six months, Goldman finds the current valuation just too cheap to ignore and sees "positive risk/reward ahead of the upcoming listing" of its ocean rig unit in the U.S.

Now what: If you believe Goldman's sum-of-the-parts analysis, there should be plenty of upside left in DryShips' shares. Of course, given that dry bulk shippers, as a whole, continue to face a significant glut of new ships, DryShips bulls shouldn't expect a smooth ride up to intrinsic value. In fact, Goldman downgraded Diana Shipping (NYSE: DSX  ) on significant oversupply issues, suggesting that the short term will likely be a very bumpy one. 

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  • Report this Comment On June 03, 2011, at 3:37 PM, dontwin wrote:

    Dryships is up not because of their "dryships" but because of their entrance into deep sea drilling rigs! They will be at 15 this time next year!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2011, at 3:04 PM, multi007 wrote:

    Hope you're right dontwin...

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