Thu, Jan. 8, 12:36 PM
- Some of the world's largest oil traders are hiring supertankers to store crude at sea, Reuters reports: Trading firms including Vitol and Trafigura, and energy major Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) are said to have booked crude tankers for up to 12 months in the past week.
- Freight brokers and shipping sources consider the flurry of long-term bookings unusual and suggests that traders could use the vessels to store excess crude at sea until prices rebound, repeating a popular 2009 trading gambit when prices last crashed.
- Analysts at JBC Energy say floating storage, while a sign of an oversupplied market, may provide some temporary support for oil prices in the coming weeks.
- Related tanker companies: TK, TNK, TOO, TGP, TNP, FRO, GLNG, NAT, DHT.
Wed, Jan. 7, 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%).
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- Shares of Frontline (NYSE:FRO) sail in early trading.
- The stock was mentioned last night on CNBC Fast Money (video) as a leveraged play in the shipping sector.
- Karen Finerman thinks Frontline will make its next debt payment.
- Related: Shipping companies getting the nod from Global Hunter
- FRO +13.7% premarket.
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- The number of supertankers sailing to China surges to record highs amid signs that crashing oil prices are leading the country to stockpile.
- Bloomberg reports 83 VLCCs are bound for Chinese ports, which would transport 166M barrels (assuming standard cargoes) for the largest amount since at least Oct. 2011; daily shipping rates on the tanker industry’s benchmark trade route from the Middle East to Asia jumped to $81.5K yesterday, the highest since Jan. 2010, according to Baltic Exchange data.
- Oil tanker operators are higher: FRO +24.5%, DHT +6.9%, TNK +2.5%, NAT +1.4%.
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Frontline Ltd is a shipping company that engaged in the ownership and operation of oil tankers and oil/bulk/ore, or OBO, carriers, which are configured to carry dry cargo. It operates oil tankers of two sizes: VLCCs and Suezmaxes.
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