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A Second Look: Defense

The Associated Press reported that the Street gave a motley review of defense titans Lockheed Martin Corp.'s and Northrop Grumman Corp.'s outlook for the year, a day after both companies posted higher fourth-quarter earnings. Market observers warned that despite solid growth by Lockheed and Northrop in 2006, performance expectations for 2007 appear to be uncertain due to ambiguous budget requests. The Defense Department submits its fiscal 2008 budget request to Congress for approval next month. Initial estimates suggest the defense budget could reach more than $600 billion for 2008 in addition to the $100 billion supplemental request for war spending for the remainder of 2007. CIBC World Markets Corp. research analysts noted that Los Angeles-based Northrop, considered to be one of the U.S. Navy's top ship providers, is expected to see a cutback in shipbuilding as the Navy requested four ships -- rather than the six initially planned for in 2006. There has also been speculation that the Pentagon may issue cutbacks in missile defense and space tracking and surveillance systems. Also facing Northrop has been a slow growth rate, compared to its competitors, due to damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to the company's shipbuilding operations. Shares of Northrop grew modestly by 13 percent in 2006 compared to rival Lockheed Martin which surged 45 percent for the year based on earnings growth.

Maritime Stocks Take A Dive On Oslo Bourse

The All Share Index in Oslo lost a further 4.2 percent in April, and as in March the main reason for the fall was international repricing of technology stocks. However, shipping and offshore companies were not providing any help for the market, as the Shipping Index fell a solid 5.8 percent during the month. Det Søndenfjeldske (SFJ), Ocean Rig (OCR) and Stolt Comex Seaway (SCS and SCSA) all fell between 14 and 19 percent, leading the way down for offshore stocks

Offshore Shares Are Leading The Way

Offshore shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange continued to rise in November, buoyed by the continuing high oil price and expectations of increased level of activities from oil companies in the year 2000. After a few dismal months, offshore shares regained the positive position they have occupied for most of the year. Other maritime shares fell during November so it was offshore and cruise that carried the Shipping Index to a 1.9 percent rise for the month and the rise of 36

Downturns in Chinese Shipping Industry

Though it has sustained economic growth for the past ten years, China’s shipbuilding industry suffered in 2008. The nation contracted 48.3% fewer ships in the first half of the year as compared to 2007. Carrying capacity was down by about 45%, and China’s total market share in the shipbuilding industry dropped to 33.7%.

Offshore shares driving the market

Share prices in Oslo rose in August for the sixth consecutive month, and can thus show for positive share price movements for 7 out of 8 months so far this year. While the All Share Index gained another 2.4 percent in August, the Shipping Index was a little behind with a 1.4 percent increase. Shipping and Offshore shares are up 43.2 percent for the year. The oil price continued to rise in August. For the first time since October 1997 North Sea oil for immediate delivery (Brent spot) was

Carnival, Star Team Up To Buy NCL

Carnival Corp. and Malaysia's Star Cruises surprisingly joined forces in a battle to buy Norwegian cruise firm NCL Holding. The two companies dropped a bidding war in favor of Star's lower $1.1 billion share offer for NCL. Star will stick with its 35 crowns per share bid for NCL, expiring on Feb. 10. Carnival will cancel a planned 40 crowns NCL offer and instead acquire a 40 percent stake in Arrasas Ltd., Star's unit set up to acquire NCL. Star would hold the remaining 60 percent.

Transocean Shares Poised for Big Move

Photo: Transocean

Transocean Ltd shares are expected to move about 8 percent in either direction following its earnings results on Wednesday, options data showed, but positioning among traders suggests some worry.   This would be the biggest post-earnings move for the shares in at least eight quarters.   The outlook among traders was pessimistic, however, as seven of the ten most active Transocean options on Tuesday were puts, which are usually either a bet on or a hedge against the shares falling

BW Offshore Cuts Dividend

BW Offshore cut its dividend on Monday, blaming lower spending by customers due to a fall in crude prices as well as a deadly accident in Brazil last week. The company, which also met fourth-quarter earnings forecasts, said it planned a dividend of 2 U.S. cents a share for October-December, one cent less than in recent quarters and below expectations for 3 cents in a Reuters poll of analysts. On Feb 11, an explosion on one of BW's oil production vessels offshore Brazil killed five

Year's End Appears To Be Timely For Buying Cruise Shares

Now is the time to buy cruise shares, says a cruise industry review released by Lazard Frères & Co., which notes that although shares have been up and down in the past few weeks with only a 1 percent increase in the last month, the relatively defensive performance of the cruise/leisure segment is encouraging. The report states cruise shares are sensitive to any data showing a slowdown in consumer spending in 2000. In September

Ferry Accident Blamed For Minoan's Plummeting Stock Price

Shares of ferry operator Minoan Lines fell around 11 percent in late session trade on the Athens stock exchange on Wednesday, near the bourse's 12 percent limit down, after one of its ferries sank late on Tuesday, killing 48 passengers. Traded volume was 979,939 shares. The shares were trading at 2,995 drachmas ($7.78), up slightly from its day low of 2,935 drachmas, representing a fall of more than 11 percent. But brokers said the share price loss was likely to be temporary.

Crew Kidnapping Persists Despite Piracy Slowdown -Report

Despite a decline of piracy activity in several high-risk areas, a high threat of crew kidnapping and hijacking remains in Southeast Asia and West Africa, according to a recent report from specialist crisis prevention and response consultancy NYA International.  

Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes

Saudi Shipper Bahri Q3 Net Profit Falls

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 37.6 percent drop in third-quarter net profit on Monday. The company's net profit for the three months to Sept. 30 was 318.4 million riyals ($84.92 million), down from 510

Long Beach Says Cargo Volumes Hurt by Hanjin Fallout

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach declined 16.6 percent year-over-year in September as the effects of the Hanjin bankruptcy reached the U.S. West Coast.   According to the port, its longshore workers moved 546,805 twenty-foot equivalent units last month

Globus Maritime Mulls 1-for-4 Reverse Stock Split

Photo: Globus Maritime Limited

 Globus Maritime Limited, a dry bulk shipping company, announced that its Board of Directors has determined to effect a 1-for-4 reverse stock split of the Company's common shares.    At the Company's annual general meeting of shareholders on September 8, 2016

Oil Rallies as Hopes Grow for Output Cut

Oil rallied to four-month highs on Thursday, underpinned by a surprisingly large drop in U.S. inventory levels the previous day and by growing expectations for the world's largest producers to agree to cut supply. Brent crude futures were last up 55 cents on the day at $52

Zim to Defer $115 Million in Debt Payments

A Zim Boxship alongside and working cargo. (Credit: Zim)

Israeli shipping company Zim, which has been hit hard by the weak global shipping market, said on Wednesday it was planning to defer $115 million of upcoming payments to creditors until 2018. Zim said in its second quarter report that it had agreed with some of its creditors to defer payments

Top 5 Carriers to Dominate Container Shipping, Says Drewry

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

If both APL and UASC are included within their new parents, the top five ocean carriers now control approximately 54 percent of the world’s containership fleet, says Drewry.   In 2015, the top 10 carriers were close to controlling 90 percent of the market

Russian Shipping Firm Sovcomflot 25 pct Stake Sale May Involve New Shares

The privatisation of a 25 percent stake in Russian state shipping firm Sovcomflot may be equally split between existing and new shares, two sources close to the deal told Reuters on Friday. The stake sale in Sovcomflot, Russia's biggest shipping company whose vessels support offshore oil and

Hanssons Scoop up More NAO Shares

Photo: NAO

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) announced that Alexander Hansson, the son of the company’s chairman, Herbjorn Hansson, today bought 100,000 shares in NAO.   The share price was $3.65 share.

NAT Announces Public Offering

Nordic American Tankers Limited (the "Company") today announced an underwritten public offering of 11,000,000 common shares pursuant to the Company's effective shelf registration statement.  At the Company's request, the underwriters have reserved for sale an aggregate of 534

Largest Ship to Dock in Colombo

M. V. Mogens Maersk Photo Maersk

M. V. Mogens Maersk, one of the world’s largest ships will arrived in Colombo yesterday. To mark the occasion, an on-boarding ceremony is being organized at the CICT Terminal at the Colombo port. Senior officials from the Maersk Group and regional office Maersk line in Sri Lanka along

India Proposes New MCA for Port Sector

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping. Photo: Official FB Page

 India's Shipping Ministry on Thursday proposed a new model concession agreement (MCA) to attract more private sector investments in the development of port infrastructure.     The proposed MCA will replace the existing agreement which came into existence in January 2008

Ex-chairwoman of Hanjin Under Scrutiny

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

The former chairwoman of bankrupt Hanjin Shipping Choi Eun Young  is under investigation for alleged insider trading BBC reports qoting South Korea's Financial Supervisory Service.    She has come under scrutiny after it was revealed she sold all her shares in the firm days before

Oil up 2%

Oil prices were up as much as 2 percent on Wednesday after a third surprise weekly drop in U.S. crude stockpiles helped assuage fears over a global oil glut.   Oil was also supported by an industry strike in Norway that threatened to cut North Sea crude output and a weaker dollar ahead of a

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