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After spending much of the past year at a three- and four-star rank, enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Paragon Shipping (NASDAQ:PRGN) recently to upgrade it to a more formidable five stars. A total of 557 members have given their opinion on Paragon Shipping, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

Despite a challenging shipping environment shared by shippers like Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ:EGLE), and Excel Maritime Carriers (NYSE:EXM), Paragon pulled in a profitable quarter, generating increasing earnings on an adjusted basis. It pulled in higher time charter revenue than a year ago and, according to the company's CEO, it was the company's strongest quarterly performance to date. Its average time charter equivalent rate fell to $36,833 per day, but it had one more ship in operation compared with last year, and tight cost controls helped lower operating expenses.  

While the industry is faced with an oversupply of ships, with companies like Navios Maritime (NYSE:NM), TBS International (NASDAQ:TBSI), and Genco Shipping (NYSE:GNK) still adding to their fleets, many CAPS members like Paragon's long-term contracts, which they believe will help bring in steady revenue. With two of its ships recently booked on new contracts, Paragon has 84% of 2010 and 66% of 2011 of its contractually fixed revenue days booked. With shares trading with an earnings multiple in the low single digits and a decent dividend, more CAPS members are taking a look at Paragon's potential.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock dreams of owning a flotilla some day, just for the heck of it. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. The Fool's disclosure policy won't wet the bed and blame it on the dog.