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Merrill Lynch Slashes Rates On Trio of Oil Giants

Merrill Lynch on Thursday said it cut its rating on oil drilling companies Rowan Cos Inc., ENSCO International Inc. and Global Marine Inc., citing slack demand in the Gulf of Mexico drilling market. In a research note, Merrill cut its near-term rating on all three to "neutral" from "buy." Merrill pointed out that the offshore drilling stocks have fallen "significantly" from their highs, but added "these stocks will most likely not rise until rig demand increases and pricing stabilizes." Merrill said that it previously believed drilling demand would improve by the late part of 2001, but it now looks as though that will not occur until early 2002. Shares of Global Marine were down $0.33 cents at $15.30. ENSCO was down $0.27 cents at $18.63, while Rowan was down $0.06 at $16.95 on the New York Stock Exchange.


Cruise Powerhouse Carnival Corp. Commences Intermediate Ratings

Merrill Lynch said on Monday it had started coverage of Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise line operator, with "intermediate" and "long term accumulate" ratings. Merrill said in a research note Carnival had a leading and growing market share in the expanding cruise industry, and both the company's and industry's prospects are reinforced by high consumer satisfaction levels and strong value ratings. It added that it had a 12-18 month price objective of $32 for Carnival - whose


Double Hull Tankers Files for IPO

Double Hull Tankers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (NYSE:OSG), filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposedinitial public offering of its common stock. Double Hull Tankers, Inc. is a newly formed Marshall Islands corporation which intends to acquire a fleet of seven oil tankers, consisting of three VLCCs and four Aframaxes, from subsidiaries of OSG


Container Shippers Seek Rate Hikes

A group of container-shipping companies will reportedly seek rate increases of between 10 and 15 percent next year on cargo traveling to the United States from Asia. The group, the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, represents 14 container-shipping companies that handle goods ranging from clothes to electronics, toys and home furnishings. Cargo in the trade, of which the group handles more than 70 percent, has been valued at more than $200 billion a year.


Royal Caribbean Prices Public Offering

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has priced the public offering of 10,800,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $46 11/16 per share. Of the 10,800,000 shares offered, 10,000,000 shares are being sold by the company, and 800,000 shares are being sold by a selling shareholder. The company has granted to the underwriters of the offering an option to purchase up to an additional 1,620,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments


Mersey Docks & Harbor Downgraded

Merrill Lynch downgraded its intermediate-term rating on Mersey Docks & Harbour Plc to "accumulate" from "buy," while keeping a long-term "acumulate" rating on the stock. "We believe MDK's attractive valuation by itself is not compelling enough to support a dramatic re-rating," Merrill analysts said in a research note. They cut their 12-month price objective on the stock to 620 pence from 665p. – (Reuters)


Merrill Lynch "Reduces" P&O's Rating

Merrill Lynch said on Monday it had cut its rating on British shipping and logistics group The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) to "reduce" from "neutral" in the intermediate term. Analysts at the investment bank also cut their long-term rating on the stock to "accumulate" from "buy", citing a worsening outlook for the company's container business. They expected second-quarter results for P&O Nedlloyd (P&O's joint venture with Dutch Koninklijke Nedlloyd Groep)


GlobalSantaFe to Present at Global Energy Conference

GlobalSantaFe Corporation Chief Executive Officer Jon Marshall will present at 8:25 a.m. EST in New York on Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at the Merrill Lynch 2003 Global Energy Conference.


LNG Demand Rises, Nuclear Power Shunned

According to a report from The Telegrapch, nuclear power has become a hard sell in many parts of the world since the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan and natural gas continues to benefit. Bank of America Merrill Lynch said it saw demand rising so fast for natural gas that it expects the market to start tightening in the second half of next year.  Source: The Telegraph  


Yangzijiang to Benefit From Ship Orders: Merrill Lynch

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch said that it sees Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Ltd. benefiting from potential orders after a revival of interest from container shipping firms in larger vessels. The broker’s outlook came after reports that Taiwan's Evergreen, the world's sixth-largest container shipping firm, ordered 10 vessels with a capacity of 13,800 twenty-foot containers (TEU) each. "Evergreen Marine decided to lease ten 13


NAMEPA Host Shipping Industry Awards Dinner

IMO Sec-Gen Sekimizu & SUNY Students: Photo courtesy of NAMEPA

Shipping luminaries gathered recently in New York to discuss issues and recognize achievements at the 2013 North American World Maritime Day and NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) Marine Environment Protection Awards Dinner.


Diamond S Shipping Files for $100M IPO

Photo: Diamond S Shipping Group

IPO investment firm Renaissance Capital said that Diamond S Shipping Group, a provider of seaborne transportation of refined petroleum and is backed by WL Ross, filed on Tuesday with the SEC to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering.


POSH attracts Hwang, Fortress as IPO investors

PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH), part of the empire of Malaysia's richest man Robert Kuok, has roped in Hwang Investment Management Berhad and Fortress Capital Asset Management as cornerstone investors for its Singapore listing, which sources close to the matter said could raise about $400


Offshore firm's IPO may give Singapore market shot in the arm

This would be only the second mainboard IPO in Singapore this year. Singapore's IPO market lacklustre in recent years, but oil and gas related offerings find favour in Singapore. A major operator of maritime support vessels controlled by Malaysia's richest man is seeking up to $380 million in a


Shipbuilding in China – Yangzijiang to Benefit from Orders

Resurgent interest in construction of giant container ships likely to benefit Chinese shipbuilder Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, as reported by Reuters America Latina news, said it sees China-based Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Ltd benefiting from potential orders after a revival of interest from


UMG Barge Line Acquired by Ingram

United Maritime Group, LLC Announces Agreement to Sell U.S. United Barge Line, LLC to Ingram Barge Company.   United Maritime Group, LLC ("UMG") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell U.S. United Barge Line, LLC ("UBL")


Alexander & Baldwin Finalizes Financing

New A&B Will Have a Well-Capitalized Balance Sheet Providing Strong Liquidity and Financial Flexibility; Receives Favorable IRS Ruling on Tax-Free Nature of Planned Separation.   Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ALEX)  ("Company")


This Day in Naval History - Aug. 21

From the Navy News Service:   1800 - U.S. Marine Corps Band gives its first concert in Washington, D.C. 1883 - Installation of the first electric lighting on a U.S. Navy Ship completed on USS Trenton. 1920 - Radio station built by U.S


Commercial Barge Line Company Announces Results

Highlights     Adjusted EBITDAR of $232.1 million for the year -- a 33% increase over prior year     Operating income of $61.1 million for the year -- an increase of $57.4 million compared to prior year


Intelsat Proposes Public Offering of Common Shares

Intelsat Global Holdings S.A. announced that it has commenced the distribution of preliminary prospectuses in anticipation of its proposed initial public offering of 21,739,130 common shares and proposed concurrent public offering of 3,000,000 Series A mandatory convertible junior non-voting


Navy League Honors Prominent Leaders

America's Navy League to honor prominent industry, navy, city and financial leaders at their 111th New York City annual dinner. The following individuals are to be honored by the Navy League  formed 111 years ago in New York City with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt).


Intelsat Commences Proposed IPO

Intelsat S.A. (formerly known as Intelsat Global Holdings S.A.) announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 19,323,672 common shares at a price of $18.00 per share and concurrent public offering of 3,000,000 Series A mandatory convertible junior non-voting preferred shares (the


Mariner to Supply CommandBridge to MASC

The Maritime Association of South Carolina (MASC) contracts the Mariner Group's system for its port & stakeholder securtiy & operations management. CommandBridge™ has been choses as the cornerstone of MASC's Maritime Command and Control & Situational Awareness project.


Statoil: Divesting and Refocusing Portfolio

Statoil ASA has signed an agreement to divest minority interests in the Gullfaks and Gudrun fields offshore Norway and exit the non-core, non-operated Schiehallion and Rosebank fields, West of Shetlands. In addition to the cash consideration of USD 2


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 21

USS Truxtun (Official U.S. Navy Photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 21 1800 - U.S. Marine Corps Band gave its first concert in Washington, D.C. 1883 - Installation of the first electric lighting on a U.S. Navy Ship completed on USS Trenton. 1920 - Radio station built by U.S


 
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