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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.

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)

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

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

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)

One More in Series for Waxler

The Helen Merrill southbound on her maiden voyage on the Ohio River at Metropolis Ill. a few miles below Paducah, Ky. with the I-24 highway bridge. (Photos courtesy Jeff L. Yates courtesy of Cummins Marine)

Waxler Transportation Co. has taken delivery of the final towboat in a series of five 99 by 35-ft, 3200 hp pushboats. The latest sister, the M/V Helen Merrill, made her maiden voyage for Secors inland transport subsidiary in mid-January 2010.   Each of the vessels has a pair of Cummins KTA50 M2 diesels individually rated for 1600 HP linked to Haley HRV Series gears providing main engine power. Electrical requirements are met by a pair of 99 kW Cummins Onan generator sets.

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  

Rejig at Pan Ocean

Image: Pan Ocean

 South Korean bulker operator Pan Ocean re-sumitted its rehabilitation plan to the South Korean court that will see discount rate of cash repayment and decision of reduction of capital.   The shipowner will see it reduce payments to creditors as it raises KRW 850bn ($785m) through a

Lifting of US Crude Oil Export Ban Possible within Year

  The U.S. Congress could lift the 40-year old ban on domestic crude oil exports within a year as a drop in gasoline prices and the potential return of Iranian oil to global markets makes it an easier measure for politicians to support, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said on Thursday

Ecopetrol Breaks Silence in Risk-on Day for LatAm Markets

A recovery in LatAm debt spreads opened a window for Colombia's Ecopetrol on Tuesday when it printed a US$1.5bn 11-year bond - the state-owned oil company's first debt issue in nine months. Optimism over Greek debt talks spurred risk buying on Tuesday

Oil Plunge Deepens High-yield Gloom

US crude fell to a more than six-year low this week, clouding the picture for a high-yield energy sector that already faces a significant cull when credit lines are reevaluated in autumn.   Lower-quality names, especially in exploration and production, are already struggling to stay afloat

Hoegh LNG Partners Prices IPO

  Höegh LNG Partners LP  a Marshall Islands limited partnership formed by Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd., announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 9,600,000 common units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership at $20.00 per unit

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 21

USS Trenton making Sail, probably while in New York Harbor in the mid-1880s. The original print is a letterpress reproduction of a photograph by E.H. Hart, 1162 Broadway, New York City, published circa the 1880s by the Photo-Gravure Company, New York. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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 US Navy Ship completed on USS Trenton. 1920 - Radio station built by U.S

Transocean's Chairman Designate 2015 Named

Merrill A. Pete Miller, Jr.: Photo frame from video

Transocean Ltd. informs that at its recent Extraordinary General Meeting Merrill A. "Pete" Miller, Jr. was nominated as a director and the Board intends to designate him as vice-chairman, with the expectation that he will succeed present chairman Ian C. Strachan in due course.

Ensco Prices $1.25-Billion Senior Notes Offering

Bank Notes: File image

UK based provider of offshore drilling services, Ensco plc, says that it has priced an underwritten offering of $1.25 billion principal amount of senior unsecured notes consisting of two series as follows: •    $625 million principal amount of 4

Ocean Rig Partners Files for IPO

  DryShips Inc. through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc. of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced that Ocean Rig’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig Partners LP  filed a Registration Statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange

Investors Gamble Forest Preservation Will Pay Off in Carbon Markets

  Some private investment companies are looking to profit from preserving forests in developing countries, betting that the emissions reductions can be sold in future carbon markets. London-based Permian Global said on the sidelines of U.N

Gazprom holds First Investor Day in Asia

Investor Day in Hong Kong courtesy Gazprom

Gazprom held the 10th annual Investor Day for the first time in the Asia-Pacific Region – in Hong Kong (February 3) and Singapore (February 5). Taking part in the events were Andrey Kruglov and Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairmen of the Gazprom Management Committee; Dmitry Lyugai and

Tankers Idle at Big Stone, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery. What happened next was anything but routine

Oil Tankers Idle for Months off US, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery.   What happened next was anything but routine

Petrobras Downgrade Shakes Market

Moody's shocked bond investors this week with a surprise two-notch downgrade that put Brazilian oil company Petrobras in junk territory. The move was seen by some investors as overly assertive, leaving them to add exposure incrementally.  

Coast Guard Foundation Announces Annual 8th District Salute Honorees

     Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

  The Coast Guard Foundation announced that it will honor Thomas Allegretti and the American Waterways Operators (AWO), a motor lifeboat crew from Pensacola, Florida, and an aircrew from Air Station Houston, Texas at its Annual Salute to the 8th Coast Guard District on Friday

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