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Enough top-performing CAPS investors have turned bullish on Nordic American Tanker Shipping (NYSE:NAT) recently to upgrade it from its long-held four-star rank to a more formidable five stars. A sizable group of 538 CAPS investors have given their opinion on Nordic American, with more than 100 comments offering analysis of the company.

Just the fact that Nordic American's hulls are moving one of the hottest (and most debated) commodities today -- crude oil -- has gotten investors more excited lately. Transporting oil for the likes of Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), and Valero (NYSE:VLO) helped Nordic American start the year with a bang and log freight rates about 7% above the average spot market rate in the first quarter of 2008. While other shippers such as DryShips (NYSE:DRYS) are moving outside of their core market, Nordic American is focusing on core operations, which has resulted in a significant drop in voyage expenses.

Compared to more diverse shippers such as Frontline (NYSE:FRO) and Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE:OSG), Nordic's low-cost, more-focused shipping structure is easier to understand. The mix of market-based income on most of its ships with fixed income on one Suezmax tanker also helps cushion the company from adverse market swings. With another 4 million-share offering completed last month and a juicy dividend, investors are more enthused about further expansion of a recipe that has been working for Nordic American and its investors. Today, 96% of the 538 CAPS investors rating Nordic expect it to outperform the market.

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