Overseas Shipholding Group 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 Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE: OSG  ) jumped 12% today in a curious move.

So what: First things first, competitor BW Maritime joined Frontline (NYSE: FRO  ) in refusing cargo because rates for supertankers are too low. Not only that, but yesterday FBR Capital downgraded Overseas Shipholding from outperform to market perform.

Now what: Neither of these things seems like enough to make a stock pop, but shares of OSG are still down considerably over the past week and there could be a silver lining. If competitors are refusing extremely low rates, that may be enough to bring rates up enough for everyone in the tanker sector.

Or maybe that's wishful thinking, and we should run for the hills because of an oversupply of tankers. Yeah, that sounds better.

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  • Report this Comment On August 11, 2011, at 4:47 PM, psl8er wrote:

    Dream on Baby.

    With the VLCC market 25% overtonnaged and another 30% of new ships delivering over the next 2 years, these no shows will have little or no effect. Also by refusing cargoes they go to the bottom of the charterers list for future cargoes.

    Price spike (10% not 12%) probably comes from insiders averaging down their earlier purchases.

    Company will continue to lose money through 2011and 2012.

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