Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, dry bulk shipper Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Diana Shipping facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Athens, Greece (1999)

Market Cap

$929.3 million



TTM Revenue

$337.4 million


Chairman/CEO Simeon Palios (since 2005)

CFO Andreas Michalopoulos (since 2006)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 97% of the 2,050 members who have rated Diana Shipping believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include schowlera and RenwayGlobal.

Last month, schowlera tapped Diana as a shipper well-positioned for the long haul:

Good company, appears to have solid management, [long-term contracts], and a young fleet of ships. Disappointed short term in the dividend cancellation but goods will continue to be transported throughout the world and if management is effective in what I believe their strategy is with hoarding cash, [Diana] will emerge a stronger company in the long term.

In a pitch from the following week, RenwayGlobal also applauded management's cash-preserving decision:

I think the dividend cut was a good move. There's a lot of waves being made in this industry, but I think [Diana] has strong enough management to keep them afloat. I'd look for struggling companies to sink for good, but hopefully with the dividend cut, [Diana] will be well poised to take them over at a good price. I wouldn't expect many takeovers by [Diana], but over the next couple years I'd expect one or two very well thought out acquisitions.

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