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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Korean Shipbuilders Lead Stock Market Rise

Seoul shares open higher on EU deal; shipbuilders lead According to Reuters, Seoul shares rose at market opening on Monday, poised for a third-straight winning session as investors welcomed an agreement by Eurozone leaders to directly recapitalize the region's troubled banks and ease soaring debt costs in Spain and Italy. Early gains were led by shipyards, as Samsung Heavy Industries climbed 3 percent while Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering rose 2.5 percent.  

Seoul Shares Rise; STX Shipbuilding Surges

Seoul shares closed 2.3 percent up earlier this week, their biggest daily percentage gain in three weeks, as STX Shipbuilding surged after buying a stake in a Norwegian ship builder, while Apple's strong results boosted tech stocks, according to a Reuters report. STX Shipbuilding Co (067250.KS) surged by the daily limit of 15 percent to $74.17 after it announced the purchase of a 39.2 percent stake in Norway's Aker Yards (AKY.OL) for $800m, a move analysts said underlined its commitment to fast expansion and would bolster networks in Europe. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) (.KS11) gained 2.3 percent to 1,947.98, staging a strong rebound a day after slumping 3.4 percent to its lowest close in more than a month.

Seoul Shares Close at Two Month Low

According to a Feb 20 Reuters report, Seoul shares fell 3.7 percent on Friday, posting their weakest close in more than two months, with the sliding won raising worries about higher funding costs, and shipbuilders sank on fears about possible contract cancellation. (Source: Reuters)

Seoul Shares Biggest Daily Loss in 4 Months

According to a Reuters report, Seoul shares fell 3.5 percent on July 13, their biggest daily percentage loss in more than four months, amid renewed U.S. financial and earnings worries, while North Korea-related news added pressure. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) finished down 3.53 percent at 1,378.12 points, its biggest daily percentage decline since a 4.16 pct fall on March 2. (Source: Reuters)

Seoul Shares Up 0.4% on Shipyards

According to an August 9 report from Reuters, Seoul shares rose as investor hopes for further stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve strengthened ahead of its meeting, with gains in shipyards and banking stocks lifting the index. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index .KS11 (KOSPI) ended up 0.36 percent at 1,790.17 points.. (Source: Reuters)

Seoul Shares Up 0.5 pct, Shipyards Gain

According to a Sept 15 report from Reuters, Seoul shares edged up on Wednesday helped by firm gains in shipbuilders such as Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd (009540.KS), but falls in retailers and banks such as Shinhan Financial Group Co Ltd (055550.KS) weighed. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index .KS11 (KOSPI) ended up 0.48 percent at 1,823.88 points. Kim Seong-bong, a market analyst at Samsung Securities told Reuters that the company is seeing a lot of equity redemption by fundholders at the index's current level, and this will pressure the market for some time. (Source: Reuters)

Seoul Shares Gain on Shipyards, Financials

According to a report from Reuters, Seoul shares edged up in volatile trade on March 8 lifted by shipbuilders and financials, but memory chip manufacturers like Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) and steelmakers underperformed.   (Source: Reuters)

Seoul Shares End Flat, Shipyards Gains

According to a report from Reuters, Seoul shares ended flat on June 3 due to caution ahead of key U.S. data and a holiday here, with falls in technology stocks like LG Electronics weighing, but modest foreign buying and firm gains in shipyards giving the market support.   Source: Reuters

Shipbuilders Lead Asian Market Decline

Seoul shares finished down 5.7 percent on Friday, their biggest daily percentage loss in five weeks, with foreign investors taking flight as concerns about global economic stagnation deepened, according to a report on Reuters. Hyundai Heavy Industries , the world's top shipyard, ended 8.1 percent lower and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering lost 10.5 percent.  

Korean Stocks Fall, Shipbuilders Lead the Way Down

According to a Reuters report, Seoul shares edged down the day after Christmas as holiday celebrations from a string of positive U.S. data were cut short by lingering doubts on the sustainability of a recovery amidst the unresolved debt crisis in Europe. Losses were led by shipbuilders, seen as most sensitive to economic downswings, with Hyundai Heavy Industries losing 2.36 percent while Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering dipped 3.88 percent. (Source: Reuters)

Hyundai Glovis Bags $1.3bln Contract

Photo: Hyundai Glovis

Hyundai Glovis, a logistics company headquartered in Seoul and part of the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group, has secured 1.42 trillion won (US$1.3 billion) in orders to ship vehicles, said a report in RTT News. The auto freight unit of South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group quoted as saying that the orders are to ship vehicles built by Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors Corp. The report said that, under the two separate deals, Hyundai Glovis said it is set to ship Hyundai and Kia cars to the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia until December 2019.

Seoul Shares Touch 3-week Low as China Worries Persist

Seoul shares fell in early domestic trade Wednesday, touching a near-three week low as persisting worries about China's economic growth outlook cut appetites for riskier assets. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was down 1.2 percent at 1,939.86 points as of 0215 GMT. The index earlier traded as low as 1,938.60, its weakest level since Feb. 20. A sharper-than-expected slowdown in China would likely hurt earnings of major local manufacturers, as the world's second-largest economy is South Korea's biggest exports market. "Investors have yet to shake their concerns about corporate debt default and shadow banking" in China, said E-Trade Investment analyst Choi Kwang-hyeok.

Seoul Shares Close at New High on Shipbuilding

South Korean stocks hit a fresh closing high Thursday as investors picked up shipbuilding and machinery shares, taking a cue from overnight gains in U.S. markets, analysts said. The South Korean won fell against the U.S. dollar. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 14.98 points, or 0.94 percent, to 1,615.58. Volume was moderate at 445.7 million shares worth 4.67 trillion won (US$5.03 billion), with winners outpacing losers 544 to 226. Shipbuilders led the gain with top shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries rising 6.53 percent to 285,500 won. Steel shares gained ground. No. 2 steelmaker Hyundai Steel advanced 2.45 percent to 48,150 won after a local brokerage raised its price estimate for the shares. Tech blue chips traded in negative territory.

STX Shipbuilding Shares Falls

STX Shipbuilding Co., the world's fifth-largest shipyard, fell the most in two months in Seoul trading after six executives at a unit were indicted for stealing technology from a rival. The shipbuilder's shares dropped 7.3 percent to 53,000 won at the close. The stock has fallen about a third since Nov. 8, the day before prosecutors detained two of the six executives. The six executives took files with them when they left Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. to join STX Heavy Industries Co., said the official in charge of the case at the prosecutors' office in Seoul. STX Corp., the shipbuilder's biggest shareholder, declined 7.2 percent to 88,200 won. Doosan Heavy gained 0.7 percent to 139,000 won after falling as much as 9.1 percent. Source: Bloomberg

Samsung Heavy $1.2B LNG Ship Orders

According to a report from Bloomberg, Seoul-based Samsung Heavy Industries Co. received orders to build six liquefied natural gas carriers worth a total $1.2b as demand for the fuel surges, prompting a jump in the shares.   (Source: Bloomberg)

Port of Incheon Volume Crosses 3 mln TEU

Photo: Incheon Port Authority

The Container Handing Volume by the Republic of Korea's  Port of Incheon surpassed 3 million TEU that it has processed over 1 year. Incheon Port’s 3 million TEU is a record achieved in 12 years after achieving 1 million TEU (2005) and in 4 years after achieving 2 million TEU (2013) and based on the 2016 performance, it is the best performance and accomplishment in history, putting it in 47th place out of the global container ports. Such container volume was handled with 49 sea routes.

Korea's STX Offshore Debt to Equity Swap Hastened

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. will issue new shares worth 38.4 billion won (US$36.5 million) as part of its debt-to-equity swap scheme. The shipbuilder will float 15.37 million shares, which will be listed on the main Seoul bourse on Jan. 9, 2014, reports Yonhap News Agency. Yonhap cite Jeong Yu-mi, a spokesperson for STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, as informing that trhe new share issuance is part of the 700 billion won debt-to-equity swap program aimed at stabilizing the company, which since the end of July, 2013, has been under a voluntary debt-relief and rescheduling program. Creditors, including the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), were to provide 2.7 trillion won, of which 650 billion won would be offered next year, to help the shipbuilder get back on its feet.

Trade Officials To Discuss Korean Shipbuilding Disputes

European Union and South Korean trade officials will meet next week in Seoul to resolve a dispute over alleged shipbuilding subsidies by Korean yards. "Working-level officials from the EU and Korea will discuss the hottest trade issue between the two parties from May 28-30 in Seoul," said Seoul's Commerce Ministry in a statement. Earlier in the month, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy met South Korean Commerce Minister Hwang Doo-Yun to discuss the EU executive's threat to start a WTO (World Trade Organization) dispute against Seoul unless a deal could be reached by June 30. The EU argues that South Korea has granted substantial subsidies to its shipyards, contravening the WTO's 1994 Subsidies Agreement.

Rickmers-Linie New Superflex Heavy MPC Ship

Rickmers-Linie has celebrated the naming of Rickmers Seoul - one of nine new Superflex Heavy MPC vessels - on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Pier No. 4 in Masan, South Korea. Seoul, acted as sponsor of the vessel. Service. the country. shipyard on 22 April 2003. now calling Masan on its third eastbound circumnavigation. Rickmers Seoul is one of two vessels that were built by Shanghai Shipyard. Chinese shipyards. capacity of up to 640 tons. an inside view of the ship, its layout and capabilities. Rickmers-Linie in South Korea. series, Rickmers Genoa, which was delivered to her owners on 15 March 2004, remains to be christened. Italy. is now complete and ready to serve project-, heavylift-, and breakbulk cargo customers.

Hyundai Heavy Leads Shipyard Decline on Prices

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., led a decline in South Korean shipyard stocks in Seoul trading on concern prices for new vessels may drop. Hyundai Heavy fell 5.8 percent, the biggest decline in more than a week, to close at 319,500 won in Seoul. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., a unit of Hyundai Heavy, fell 7.1 percent to 201,500 won. The shares also dropped after UBS AG said orders may slow this year from the record sales in 2007. The price for second-hand bulk carriers was as much as 61 percent more than for new vessels last year because of increased demand for iron ore and coal from China and India. Shipyards in South Korea, the world's biggest shipbuilding nation, increased their order backlog last year, even with ship prices at records.

Japan: Little Chance Sanchi Oil Slick Reaches Its Coast

(Photo: Iranian Ports & Maritime Organization)

Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation’s environment ministry said on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades and produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem. The vessel’s crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis are all believed to have perished in the incident.

Rickmers-Linie Appoints Korea Maritime

Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie. KG, the German based global breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo specialist, has appointed Korea Maritime Co.,Ltd., Seoul as its new agent in South Korea effective September 18. Rickmers-Linie and Seabridge Korea Ltd., Seoul, have agreed to terminate the existing agency agreement effective 17 September 2006. As of 18 September, all Rickmers-Linie’s activities in South Korea will be handled by Korea Maritime Co., with the first vessel being the MV Rickmers New Orleans, scheduled to arrive in Masan on September 21.

LOC Group expands Asian operation

Zhoongkeun Kim

London Offshore Consultants, a global leader in marine and engineering consultancy for the shipping and offshore energy sectors, has further expanded its footprint in Asia, successfully registering LOC Seoul and opening the company's first office in South Korea. "Initially concentrating on the vibrant energy markets, our ultimate objective is for LOC Seoul to cover all aspects of our work," said Captain Jon Walker, Regional Head of Asia for the LOC Group. "We currently work with many Korean shipyards undertaking offshore construction for global projects.

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