Stephen Simpson, CFA • 12 Comments
Richard Berger • 21 Comments
Stephen Simpson, CFA
Tue, May 31, 1:38 PM
- Frontline (FRO +8.5%) rallies after the company topped revenue expectations with its Q1 report by a wide margin ($227M vs. $187M consensus).
- The company also pointed to firming tanker rates and said it will stick to its dividend policy.
- The strong read from Frontline is giving a lift to the broad sector with Ship Finance International (SFL +2.9%), DHT Holdings (DHT +1.5%), Teekay Tankers (TNK +1.3%), and Gener8 Maritime (GNRT +5.5%) all showing gains.
Fri, Feb. 19, 5:39 PM
Thu, Feb. 11, 9:13 AM
- Gainers: DDD +15%. AG +14%. FSM +13%. TRIP +12%. MUX +11%. AUY +11%. SBGL +11%. GFI +10%. AGI +10%. LC +10%. GG +10%. CDE +9%. EGO +9%. KGC +9%. HMY +9%. IAG +9%. EXPE +8%. ABX +8%. NEM +8%. SLW +8%. SSRI 8%. AU 7%. AEM 7%. HL 7%. NG 7%. CSCO 6%. SKX 5%.
- Losers: FLO -18%. INCY -15%. SFL -13%. MYL -13%. BTU -13%. ZNGA -13%. SNOW -11%. IFF -10%. ELMD -9%. AVP -8%. CS -7%. BCS -7%. SUNE -6%. CIG -5%. TWTR -6%.
Oct. 19, 2015, 10:21 AM
- JPMorgan is pointing to economic news out of China as a positive sign for tanker stocks.
- The investment firm notes that China was a net exporter of refined products for the third straight month and saw a significant jump in crude oil imports.
- Despite the positive spin from JP, the tanker sector is trading mostly lower on macroeconomic developments, including a sub-7% GDP print from China. Dry bulk shipping stocks are mixed on the day.
- Related stocks: DHT, FRO, NNA, TNP, TNK, NAT, SFL, EURN.
Jul. 21, 2015, 10:32 AM
- The crash in oil prices is good for business for operators of the supertankers capable of hauling more than 2M barrels of crude around the world, such as Frontline (FRO +9.1%), Teekay Tankers (TNK +4.2%), Nordic American (NAT +2.6%), DHT Holdings (DHT +2.4%) and Euronav (EURN +1.5%), whose stocks have been moving up in recent weeks.
- The oil market rout that started in 2014 is a boon that could allow the companies to reduce debt, invest in new vessels and reward shareholders that have stuck with them through some very lean years, FT reports.
- Since the start of the year, the cost of hiring a VLCC has jumped more than 50%, with the rate for shipping oil from Saudi Arabia to Japan - the benchmark supertanker route - rising to $93.6K/day, a seven-year seasonal high.
- The supply of supertankers also has fallen sharply since 2008.
- Other related tickers: GLNG, GNRT, SFL, NAO, ASC, TOO, TK, TGP
Jul. 10, 2015, 10:33 AM
- Notable movers in the shipping sector include DryShips (DRYS +3.1%), Danaois (DAC +5.6%), and Paragon Shipping (PRGN +1.6%).
- Some names in the volatile sector has been trading off of developments in Greece even with many of the Greece-based companies deriving nearly all their revenue outside the nation.
- On a broader look, the Baltic Dry Index is +21 to 874. The breakdown shows the Cape index is 1279 with a spot price of 9612 vs. 11,149 a year ago, the Panamax index is 1052 with a spot price of 8380 vs. 5432 a year ago, and the Supramax index is 767 with a spot price of 8021 vs. 7099 a year ago.
- The Baltic Tanker Clean Index is 837 vs. 521 a year ago and the Baltic Dirty Index is 857 vs. 786 a year ago.
- The Guggenheim Shipping ETF (NYSEARCA:SEA) is +1.43% on the day and -4.12% YTD.
- Related stocks: TNK, EURN, TGP, NMM, SSW, SFL, TK, SMM, TOO, GMLP, DHT, NM, MATX, NAT, FREE, DSX, SB, FRO.
Jan. 7, 2015, 9:43 AM
- Select shipping stocks are outperforming off of some fresh positive comments on the sector by analysts.
- Frontline (FRO +9.2%), following up on yesterday's brisk rally, is leading the charge.
- Gainers: DHT Holdings (DHT +6.1%), Teekay Tankers (TNK +1.7%), Nordic American Tankers (NAT +2.5%), Ship Finance International (SFL +0.9%).
Nov. 1, 2013, 3:10 PM
- Rates for the largest oil tankers are surging, as Chinese freight traders lead an acceleration in Asian demand for the ships to load Middle East crude, sapping a fleet surplus that had made the carriers unprofitable almost all year.
- A VLCC built 16 years ago reportedly was hired today at ~13% more than yesterday’s prevailing prices, for the biggest one-day gain in 2013; rising demand has cut a capacity surplus to the smallest since June 4, according to a Bloomberg survey.
- FRO +9.4%, SFL +0.8%, NAT +3%, TK +1.3%, TNK +0.1%, TOO +0.1%, TGP -0.1%.
Sep. 25, 2013, 10:44 AM
- Dry bulk shipping rates are rising again: Overnight, capesize rates rose 5.2% (or $2,206/day) to $42,211/day, panamax rates rose 8.9% (or $1,144) to $13,989/day, and supramax rates rose 2.6% to $10,579/day.
- Since Aug. 12, capesize rates are up 300%, largely driven by higher iron ore shipments to China out of Brazil and Australia, while panamax rates are up 87%, largely driven by coal activity and anticipation of a good amount of shipments from a bountiful U.S. harvest (Briefing.com).
- EGLE +6.2%, FREE +5.6%, SINO +5.1%, VLCCF +4.5%, DRYS +4.2%, BALT +4%, PRGN +3.4%, DSX +1.6%, ULTR +1.2%, NM +1%, SB +0.9%, SFL +0.7%, NMM +0.5%, KEX +0.3%, DCIX +0.3%, SBLK +0.3%, GNK +0.2%.
- However, Seanergy (SHIP) -15.3% after reporting earnings this morning and reigniting concerns about its ability to stay in business.
- ETF: SEA.
Sep. 6, 2013, 11:57 AM
- Drybulk shipping stocks continue recent sharp gains following further strength in shipping rates, as capesize shipping rates rose 10% overnight to $21,793/day, the first time since Jan. 2012 that capesize rates exceed $20K/day (Briefing.com).
- The cost of renting a capesize drybulk ship is up 107% YTD, largely driven by higher iron ore shipments to China out of Brazil and Australia.
- SHIP +16.1%, FREE +12%, EGLE +11.2%, GNK +9.5%, SINO +6.8%, DRYS +5.4%, NM +4.8%, SBLK +4.3%, DCIX +3.5%, DSX +3.5%, VLCCF +3.3%, BALT +2.8%, PRGN +2.2%, SFL +1.6%, KEX +1%.
Aug. 6, 2013, 11:36 AM
- The biggest slump in tanker rates since January is signaling weaker U.S. oil imports and spurring analysts to predict a 15-year low for shares of Frontline (FRO -1.9%).
- Rates for the biggest crude carriers sank 68% in the past two weeks, more than reversing their advance since the end of June; the rise is seen as a blip, as the U.S. meets the highest share of its own energy needs in three decades.
- Rates for VLCCs, each hauling 2M barrels, fell to $7,954/day on Aug. 2 after rising as high as $24,493 on July 12; earnings last exceeded the $25.5K that FRO says it needs to break even in November.
- While U.S. oil production is bearish for crude tankers, it’s boosting demand for ships to export refined products, chemicals and liquefied petroleum gas; Scorpio Tankers (STNG) is expected to benefit.
Jul. 12, 2013, 8:33 AM
Seasonal oil tanker hiring orders rose to their highest seasonal level since 2007, as demand for crude cargoes accelerates before a projected surge in oil refining. Rates on the benchmark Saudi Arabia to Japan route reportedly have jumped fourfold to $24,939/day since late June, helping owners contend with VLCC earnings that averaged $6,838/day YTD, lowest since at least 1997. FRO +4.1% premarket.| Jul. 12, 2013, 8:33 AM | 2 Comments
Jun. 18, 2013, 9:27 AM
Shares of Ship Finance (SFL) fall 5.9% premarket after the company announces an 8M share public offering of stock to be priced at prevailing market prices. Funds from the offering are slated to be used to invest in new shipping assets.| Jun. 18, 2013, 9:27 AM
Jun. 18, 2013, 9:12 AM
Jun. 17, 2013, 5:46 PM
Ship Finance International (SFL) announces an 8M share public offering. The company intends to use the net proceeds to invest in new assets within the shipping and offshore sectors and for general corporate purposes, including working capital. Morgan Stanley is acting as the sole book-running manager for the offering. Shares -5.4% AH.| Jun. 17, 2013, 5:46 PM
Jun. 17, 2013, 5:30 PM