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Enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Star Bulk Carriers (NASDAQ:SBLK) recently to upgrade it from the three- and four-star rank it has held for months to a more formidable five stars. A total of 326 members have given their opinion on the dry bulk carrier, with many offering analysis and commentary to explain their recent optimism.

Like its larger peers Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX) and DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS), Star Bulk Carriers is based out of Athens, Greece, and it transports commodities such as iron ore, coal, and fertilizer. Star Bulk recently reported its sixth consecutive profitable quarter, with net income increasing 34%, and revenue up 8%, to $45.1 million. It said it has secured contracts for 100% of its fleet operating days in 2009, and 71% for 2010, laying the groundwork for more predictable cash flows in the near term. Its fleet utilization also compares well to those of peers; it holds a slight edge on Navios Holdings (NYSE:NM) and clears the numbers at Excel Maritime Carriers (NYSE:EXM).

Earlier in the year, Star Bulk announced that its creditors had provided some relief from debt covenants, similar to the tack taken by other shippers such as Genco Shipping (NYSE:GNK), TBS International (NASDAQ:TBSI), and others. While DryShips shamelessly revisited the equity markets recently to raise cash, Star Bulk’s improving liquidity has many CAPS members feeling bullish, as the company sits on $72 million in cash. It also expects that figure to increase by the end of the year, even after making a debt repayment, since it is generating about $108,000 net cash daily.                                 

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