Fri, May 15, 2:59 PM
- Rates for the world’s biggest oil tankers surged to the highest since January as shipments accelerated from Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Bloomberg reports.
- Ships hauling 2M-barrel cargoes of Saudi crude to Japan, a benchmark route, earned ~$81.5K/day, a 13% gain from Thursday and the highest for the time of year since at least 2009.
- Tanker rates rose on 15 out of 16 routes tracked by the Baltic Exchange, led by advances in prices from the Persian Gulf.
- Relevant tickers: FRO, TK, TNK, TOO, TGP, TNP, GLNG, NAT, DHT
Mon, May 11, 2:31 PM
- Nordic American Tankers (NAT +4.0%) trades higher after beating estimates with its Q1 report.
- The company notes tanker rates rose 54% Q/Q and 41% Y/Y to $37K per day per vessel/
- Looking at the tanker market as a whole, Nordic American Tankers says reduced imports to the U.S. are being offset an increase in imports to the Far East.
- Previously: Nordic American Tankers beats by $0.12, beats on revenue
Mon, May 11, 6:48 AM| 2 Comments
Sat, May 9, 11:27 AM
- The broadly-defined shipping sector continues to be volatile over the impact of oil price fluctuations and concerns over carrier/tanker supply along with charter rates.
- The Baltic Dry Index stands at 574 vs. a 52-week trading range of 509 to 1,484.
- The Guggenheim Shipping ETF (NYSEARCA:SEA) is down 9.4% over the last 52 weeks, although it trades with smoother peaks and troughs than the underlying stocks in the fund.
- Analysts are convinced that some value picks exist in the sector, although consensus is tricky to find. A few rough screens are listed below (add your own in the comments).
- Best YTD performance: Navios Maritime (NYSE:NAP) +37%, Scorpio Bulkers (NYSE:SALT) +35%, Tsakos Energy (NYSE:TNP) +31%, Golar LNG (NASDAQ:GLNG) +28%.
- Lowest price-to book value: DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS) 0.14, Safe Bulkers (NASDAQ:SBLK) 0.32, Scorpio Bulkers 0.33, Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE:NM) 0.34, GasLog (NYSE:GLOG) 0.39.
- Lowest forward P/E ratio: Danaos (NYSE:DAC) 4.43, Tsakos Energy 7.15, Navios Maritime Acquisition (NYSE:NNA) 7.25, Dorian (NYSE:LPG) 7.43, Dry Ships 7.57.
- Dividend yield: Navios Maritime Partners (NYSE:NMM) 15.2%, Capital Product Partners (NASDAQ:CPLP) 10.8%, Ship Finance International (NYSE:SFL) 10.8%, Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE:TOO) 9.7%, Dynagas LNG Partners (NYSE:DLNG) 8.8%.
- Other shipping stocks: PRGN, FRO, NAT, OSK, TNK, FREE, ESEA, TOPS, DSX, SHIP, NM.
Tue, Apr. 14, 6:22 AM
Thu, Mar. 19, 6:50 AM
- Nordic American Tankers (NYSE:NAT) CEO Herbjorn Hanssen discloses in a letter to shareholders a purchase of 50K shares.
- The exec paid $10.50 per share for the block.
- Hanssen expects the company to make an announcement on a Q1 dividend in mid-April which will should be "significantly higher" than the payout in Q4 of 2014.
Mon, Feb. 9, 7:07 AM
- Nordic American Tankers (NYSE:NAT): Q4 EPS of $0.01 misses by $0.08.
- Revenue of $43.07M (+110.7% Y/Y) misses by $5.82M.
Sun, Feb. 8, 5:30 PM
Fri, Jan. 9, 12:25 PM
- Frontline (FRO +10.1%) has now jumped 63% this week amid speculation that a plunge in crude prices is spurring demand for the vessels to store cargoes.
- “The re-emergence of floating storage is what could move the crude tanker market this year from being rather good to possibly very very good," says a shipping analyst at Pareto Securities in Oslo.
- Traders may park as much as 60M barrels of oil on tankers in the coming months, according to consulting firm JBC Energy.
- Among other tanker companies: TK +1.2%, TNK +3.4%, TOO -0.3%, TGP -0.1%, TNP -0.7%, GLNG -1.9%, NAT -0.6%, DHT +3.1%.
- Earlier: Reuters: Oil glut sparks top traders to book supertankers for storage at sea
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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%).
Tue, Jan. 6, 7:42 AM
- Shares of Star Bulk Carriers (NASDAQ:SBLK) are on watch after Global Hunter initiates the company with a Buy rating.
- The investment bank is active in the sector today with Buy initiations on Baltic Trading (NYSE:BALT) and Nordic American Tankers (NYSE:NAT) also on the books.
- Sector watch: Dry bulk shipping stocks have been hurt by low daily spot rates in the market and macroeconomic concerns.
Dec. 12, 2014, 10:09 AM
- 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%.
Dec. 10, 2014, 6:55 AM| 8 Comments
Dec. 9, 2014, 9:05 AM
- Nordic American Tankers (NYSE:NAT) issues a strong statement on the impact of lower oil prices on its business.
- "Lower oil price leads to increased oil demand and economic growth, stimulating the need for transportation," maintains the company.
- NAT is down 5.6% in premarket action amid the developments in China andis 13.5% off its December high.
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Nordic American Tankers Ltd formerly Nordic American Tanker Shipping Limited is an international tanker company that owns 24 double-hull Suezmax tankers, two of which are newbuildings that average approximately 156,000 dwt each.
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