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More top-performing CAPS members are turning bullish on Genco Shipping & Trading (NYSE:GNK) these days -- so many that it has risen from its four-star rank to a tip-top five stars. A total of 870 members have given their opinion on Genco, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

While peer DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS) has struggled with breached debt covenants, Genco's fourth-quarter net income was in line with analysts' estimates, which (excluding one-time items) came in at $48.4 million. Average daily time charter equivalent rates increased 13% to $35,304 per day in the quarter, helping boost revenue by 55%, to $101.6 million for the three-month period.

Two charter clients' sudden failure to pay negotiated rates recently stunned Excel Maritime Carriers (NYSE:EXM) and its shareholders. And Navios Maritime (NYSE:NM), DryShips, and Genco each had ships chartered to the now-bankrupt Samsun Logix, further fueling fears that shippers' backlog may be at risk. But Genco had only a small percentage of revenue exposure to Samsun, and it reassured investors that it hasn't had any requests for other contract renegotiations.

While Wall Street analyst Wachovia recently gave a bullish nod to shipping peers Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ:EGLE), and Euroseas (NASDAQ:ESEA), many CAPS members feel Genco holds a stronger position than most of the competition, thanks to strong margins and a low valuation.

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