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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.


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


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.


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


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


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%.


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


Oil's Worst Year Since 2008

Oil prices fell on Wednesday as concerns about demand for fuel kept worries about a global supply glut intact.   Both Brent and U.S. crude significantly pared losses just before government data showed U.S. crude oil inventories fell 1.8 million barrels last week, a bigger drop than analyst expectations for a 100,000-barrel dip in stocks.   After initially paring more losses, crude futures pushed lower.  


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


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


Alfa Laval HCO Filter Approved for Validation Testing

Image: Alfa Laval

A manufacturer of two-stroke engines has agreed to validation tests of an Alfa Laval hydraulic control oil (HCO) filter . The approval to test the final HCO filter design comes after concept testing on the crude oil tanker Stena Suède.  


Yilport Acquires Sweden's Gavle Terminal

Robert Yuksel Yildirim, Chairman of Yilport Holding. Photo: Yilport Holding Inc

 Turkish terminal operator Yilport Holding has gained full control of Gävle’s terminals.   Yilport Holding acquired 100% shares of Gävle Container Terminal (GCT) and Baltic Sea Gateway (BSG). The Port of Gävle is Sweden’s third-biggest container port


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Under Pressure

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Capesize rates fall in a quiet market as holidays weigh; 20 charter-free capesize ships could add to downward trend. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to drift lower next week unless there is an uptick in chartering activity from major miners


Pan Ocean on Recovery Path

Photo: Pan Ocean Co.

 S. Korea’s Pan Ocean Co.  is expected to see its earnings improve amid rising Baltic Dry Index (BDI) that affects spot contracts accounting for more than half of the South Korean bulk carrier’s total shipping contracts, reports the Pulse.  


Container Shipping Faces Tough 2016 as Rates Plunge 78 pct

File image: a Maersk boxship in the port of New Orleans (credit: port of New Orleans)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe have plummeted 78 percent this year, after posting another drop this week, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Keppel's Profit Nosedives

Photo: Keppel Corp

 Keppel Corp., the world’s largest builder of oil rigs, posted a 41 per cent fall in quarterly profit, its fourth straight decline, as offshore and marine segment revenue slumped because of the deferment of some projects and suspension of contracts related to Sete Brasil.  


Statoil Looks to the Arctic to Increase Exploration off Norway

Oil firm Statoil is looking to a rebound in exploration activity offshore Norway in the next few years with a focus on the Arctic, having curbed activity due to the oil price slump, the firm's exploration chief for Norway told Reuters.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Face Pressure

Number of MidEast charter fixtures less than usual; Basra crude exports set to fall in May. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will come under further pressure next week if the current sluggish chartering activity continues, ship brokers said on Friday.


Yen Drops on Rate Cut Talk; Oil Climbs

Oil Barrels Photo AOPL

The U.S. dollar rose to a three week high against the yen on Friday, on a report of likely further monetary policy easing from the Bank of Japan, while a rise in crude oil prices was offset by poor technology sector earnings, leaving Wall Street stocks steady.


Crude Prices up 3% on Gasoline Rally, Weak Dollar

Crude oil prices rose about 3 percent on Tuesday on the back of a rally in the gasoline market and as a tumbling dollar boosted commodities denominated in the greenback after bets the Federal Reserve will hold U.S. interest rates where they are.  


Nigeria's LNG Export Falls

Photo: Nigeria LNG Limited

 Babs Omotowa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has raised alarm over Nigeria’s dwindling investments in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), according to a report in Thisday.   He noted that with no new investments


Sembcorp Profit Halved as Clients Defer Projects

Revenue falls 30 pct; order book at S$9.7 billion. Singapore rig-builder Sembcorp Marine's quarterly profit halved as customers deferred projects, and it faces prolonged uncertainty on contracts from its biggest client, Sete Brasil, whose shareholders have approved its bankruptcy.


Royal Caribbean's Revenue up 5.6%

Ovation of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd reported a 5.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher passenger ticket revenue and onboard spending, sending the company's shares up 4 percent in premarket trading. Royal Caribbean also raised its full-year earnings forecast to $6.15-$6


Chinese Seaborne Coal Imports Under Pressure

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Chinese coal imports decreased significantly in 2014-15, and so far in 2016 the pace of decline appears to have slowed, with imports even recording positive y-o-y growth in March, says Clarksons Research.   The recent improvement has partly been supported by a reduction in domestic


Maersk Mulls Acquisitions after Surprising Profit

File Image: a Maersk containership alongside (Maersk)

Fragmented sector chasing alliances to cut costs; Maersk has plenty of cash for deals - CEO. A.P. Moller-Maersk returned to profit at its main container shipping business in the first quarter, putting the cash rich company in a strong position as the struggling industry consolidates.






 
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