Baltic Index Snaps 9-day Winning Streak on Weaker Capesize Rates

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February 28, 2017

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, tumbled on Tuesday, snapping a nine-session winning streak, as capesize vessel rates dropped.

The index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, ended down 19 points, or 2.16 percent – it's biggest one-day percentage fall in three weeks – at 859 points.

The capesize index closed down 130 points, or 11.29 percent, at 1,021 points.

Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were down $1,106 to $8,027.

"Capesize rates remain under pressure, with rates dropping ... on the back of a meaningful drop off in activity in the Pacific markets," Clarksons Platou analysts said in a note.

The panamax index finished up 29 points, or 3 percent, at 995 points.

Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes, increased $236 to $7,996.

Among smaller vessels, the supramax index and handysize index rose eight points each to end at 825 points and 444 points, respectively.
(Reporting by Swati Verma in Bengaluru)
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