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Cruising Along with Cruise Stocks

Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 2:11 PM ET

Joseph Greff, analyst at JP Morgan told investors that performance of cruise stocks would depend on oil prices.

After an incident aboard the Crown Princess, the cruise ship returns to the port at Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Tuesday, July 18, 2006. The Crown Princess suddenly rolled heavily to its left Tuesday, throwing passengers and crew to the deck and leaving two people critically injured, including a child, officials said.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
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After an incident aboard the Crown Princess, the cruise ship returns to the port at Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Tuesday, July 18, 2006. The Crown Princess suddenly rolled heavily to its left Tuesday, throwing passengers and crew to the deck and leaving two people critically injured, including a child, officials said.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

"The [cruise] stocks have traded more on the direction of crude than any operating or earnings fundamental performance. And we expect that to continue,” said Greff. “We’ve seen crude come down for the last month and stocks have moved accordingly.”

Stocks mentioned in interview:

- Royal CaribbeanCruises

- Carnival

Cruising Stocks
Is it time to jump aboard cruise stocks or has the ship already passed? Joseph Greff, lodging and cruise lines analyst with JPMorgan, shares his insight.

“[Despite] a weak consumer environment, the cruise industry has been fairly resilient,” said Greff. (Watch the video, at left, for more info on Greff's cruise stock picks.)

Disclosures:

Greff does not own any shares of the companies mentioned above. However, a JPMorgan employee sits on the board of directors of Carnival.

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