Why Nordic American Tanker Ltd's Shares Popped

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What: Nordic American Tanker Ltd's (NYSE: NAT  ) shares jumped 11% today after taking shipment of new vessels.

So what: Nordic American Offshore, a company that Nordic American Tanker sponsored and owns 26% of, has taken shipment of six platform supply vessels, or PSVs. These ships supply services to offshore oil and gas rigs, particularly in the North Sea market, which is currently in high demand. 

Now what: The tanker market has been a disaster recently, so getting some exposure to offshore drilling in any capacity is good for investors. Five of the six vessels are already under contract for between $25,000 and $29,000 per day, well above the $12,000 breakeven rate. With weakness in the tanker business, I don't think this makes Nordic American Tanker a buy, but it's an incremental positive that could give it time to see market conditions improve, if they ever do.

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  • Report this Comment On January 18, 2014, at 10:26 PM, rwhunter1 wrote:

    The day rates for the NAT's tankers are currently going through the roof. I suspect this has more to do with the strength in the shares than the delivery of the tankers to NAO.

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