Oil Tankers trading higher: NAT & FRO TOP Tanker stocks

Oil Tankers trading higher: NAT & FRO TOP Tanker stocks

Oil may be tanking, but the oil tanker industry is out of the dumps, take a look at the chart below. You can clearly see that most stocks in this sector are trending upwards.  One of the plays that stand out is Nordic American Tanker Shipping (NAT); some other good names are Frontline

Oil Tankers trading higher: NAT & FRO TOP Tanker stocks

 

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The markets are letting out some steam now, and many of the stocks in this sector are trading the overbought ranges so let them let out some steam before jumping in.  A good play in this sector Nordic American Tankers (NAT) as the company prefers to operate in the spot market instead of using the long-term charter market.   Its break-even rate is below $12,000 per day and with rates currently as high as $50,000 a day, it is poised to do well.  In the 3rd quarter, its daily charter rates averaged $35,000 per day; 200% above its break-even price. To improve efficiency and operating costs, it operates only one type of ship, the Suezmax which holds up to 1 million barrels of oil.

Nordic tankers

 

Ideal entry points would be a test of the 11.00 ranges. However, this might not come to pass, and so it would be better to take a layered approach. Open positions at several different price targets, this will enable you to get in at a decent price, instead of hoping that it trades down to a specific price target.

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