Mar. 20, 2014, 11:13 AM
- Drybulk shipping rates are up big during past five weeks and rose again overnight.
- The Baltic Dry Index rose 3.2% overnight and has surged 49% since Feb. 12; the BDI has gained in 24 of the last 26 sessions, led by a 211% rise in capesize rates.
- Capesize rates climbed 6.9% (or $1,664/day) overnight to $25,659/day, while panamax rates rose $4/day to $9,019/day and supramax rates added 0.4% ($48/day) to $12,598/day.
- Related drybulk equities include DRYS, GNK, PRGN, DSX, FREE, ULTR, EGLE, NM, NMM, SBLK, KEX, SB, SINO, BALT, SHIP, DCIX.
Mar. 10, 2014, 10:48 AM
- Kirby Corp. (KEX -1.1%) is added to the Top Picks list at FBR Capital, which notes KEX's core marine transportation unit continues to exhibit solid growth, driven by the transport of petrochemicals, black oil and refined products, and the firm expects demand for these volumes to only accelerate over the next three years.
- FBR thinks fundamentals driving KEX's diesel engine services unit bottomed in 2013, and it expects the segment to be a major contributor to earnings growth in 2014 and beyond.
- While expecting steady, consistent growth in the marine business, the firm says it "would not be surprised" to see growth juiced by M&A activity in the near term, particularly in the coastal barge market.
Jan. 31, 2014, 3:31 PM
- Kirby (KEX +2.6%) continues to push higher after Q4 results showed continued strong demand for liquids transportation, keeping financial performance in the upper level of expectations despite weather challenges and continued headwinds for the engine service business.
- FBR Capital remains bullish on the near- and long-term outlook following the earnings call; 2014 guidance looks very achievable given that the levers are pricing and utilization in the coastal market and a slight rebound in diesel engine services, both of which firm expects to be robust in 2014 (Briefing.com).
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Jan. 23, 2014, 9:41 AM
- Shipping rates fell again overnight, and the Baltic Dry Index is now -44% YTD.
- Overnight, capesize shipping rates declined 19.6% (or -$1,4620 to $11,128/day), panamax rates slipped 4% (or -$219) to $11,710/day, while supramax rates fell 1.8% (or -$94) to $11,721/day.
- YTD, capesize rates -71.5%, panamax rates -20%, supramax rates -23%.
- On watch: DRYS, GNK, PRGN, DSX, FREE, ULTR, EGLE, NM, NMM, SBLK, KEX, SB, SINO, BALT, ESEA, DCIX, TEU, DAC, SHIP, SSW, GSL.
Jan. 16, 2014, 9:30 AM
- Greenbrier (GBX) +6.1% premarket on news that its Gunderson Marine division received an order from Kirby Offshore Marine (KEX) to build an articulated ocean-going oil and chemical tank barge, with an option for a second unit, in a deal that will bring GBX's current marine backlog to ~$70M.
- Construction on the barge will begin in June, with completion scheduled sometime next year.
Jan. 15, 2014, 10:35 AM
- Shippers are on the move after dry bulk shipping rates finally show their first gain of the year.
- The Baltic Dry Index shows a four-point increase due to gains in capesize rates, which rose $280 to $13,168/day, while panamax rates fell $54 to $12,534 and supramax rates fell $65 to $12,364/day.
- Before today's gains, the BDI had plunged 40% YTD in its worst start of the year in 30 years.
- FREE +7.4%, EGLE +7.3%, GNK +5.5%, SB +4.3%, DRYS +4.1%, NM +3.4%, SBLK +2.8%, SHIP +2.5%, ESEA +2.3%, PRGN +2.1%, DCIX +2%, GSL +1.9%, NMM +1.3%, DSX +1.3%, DAC +1.1%, KEX +0.8%, ULTR +0.3%, BALT -1%, SINO -0.8%.
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Sep. 30, 2013, 10:24 AM
- Dry bulk shippers are smacked following a sharp decline in capesize shipping rates for a third consecutive day.
- Overnight, capesize rates fell 4.2% (or $1,598/day) to $36,425/day and have dropped 14% (or $5,786/day) in the last three days; panamax rates fell 0.3% (or $48) to $14,388/day, while supramax rates rose 0.9% (or $100) to $11,279/day.
- The Dry Bulk Index fell 2.1% (or 43 points) to 2,003 overnight, but has doubled since Aug. 12, led by capesize rates which have climbed 245%, largely driven by higher iron ore shipments to China out of Brazil and Australia (Briefing.com).
- Earlier: Wells Fargo cautious on recent dry bulk rally.
- FREE -7.2%, DRYS -5.5%, SBLK -4.8%, EGLE -4.3%, SHIP -3.8%, BALT -3.1%, DCIX -2.6%, DSX -2.7%, GNK -2.6%, SB -2%, PRGN -1.2%, SINO -0.8%, VLCCF -0.5%, KEX -0.1%.
- ETF: SEA.
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%.
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Kirby Corp is a domestic tank barge operator, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, coastwise along all three United States coasts and in Alaska and Hawaii.
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