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Costco Tops Fiscal 1Q18 Estimates

Costco Wholesale (COST) reported stronger-than-expected fiscal 1Q18 results, surpassing analysts’ expectations for both sales and EPS (earnings per share).

Asian
Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Weak on December 15

After a pullback on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower on December 15 and fell to five-week low price levels.

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US Markets Had a Mixed Performance on December 14

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. Despite a strong start, the market lost momentum as the week progressed and fell on Thursday.

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Can Kohl’s Stock Pick Up Some Momentum?

Kohl’s (KSS) stock price has risen 1.8% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of December 12.

RECENT Industrials RESEARCH

Contract Premium
Why Diana will outperform Safe Bulker and Navios Maritime

The two main markets for shipping companies, such as DryShips Inc. (DRYS), Diana Shipping Inc. (DSX) and Safe Bulkers Inc. (SB), are spot (voyage) and time charter (period). Companies that…

China Industrial Profit Growth (YTD)  2013-05-02
Industrial profits cool but continue to grow positively for shipping

Growth in industrial profit often reflects economic growth. When economic activity rises, so does demand for industrial goods. Higher demand leads to more business which, in turn, leads to higher…

Thermal Coal Port Inventory 2013-05-02
Seasonality and low thermal coal inventory to support short-term shipping upside

Inventory levels for thermal coal at Chinese ports reflect the safety net that companies decide to hold, as well as the difference in expected and actual demand. When inventory rises…

China Real Estate Climate 2013-04-25
March real estate climate and shipping fell, opportunity for investors?

China’s real estate sector is a key component of China’s economic activity, making up ~11% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Historically, changes in real estate activity have trended…

German IFO Business Sentiment and Factory Order 2013-04-25
German business expectation forecasts weak shipping demand ahead

The German IFO Business Climate Index can illustrate potential opportunities and risks for the shipping industry in the short to medium-term. Investors and analysts use the metric as a leading…

HSBC China Flash PMI 2013-04-23
Weak quarter start for China may be an opportunity for investment in shipping

As the world’s largest importer of raw materials, China’s manufacturing activity is one of the most important drivers of shipping demand. When China’s manufacturing activity accelerates, demand for imports, such…

Ship capacity grows positively by just 7.1% last week, lowest since 2013

In a highly commoditized industry like the shipping industry, capacity is an important metric that directly impacts companies’ top line, or revenue performance. When capacity grows faster than demand, competition…

Managers continue to order new dry bulk ships for longer term brighter outlook

Ship orders are useful metrics in uncovering managers’ perspectives of the industry’s long-term demand and supply balance. Dry bulk shipping companies will often place new orders when future demand is…

Bulk Orderbook By Ship Class 2013-04-15
Expected new deliveries for panamax ships to hit shipping hard in 2013

The orderbook is an indicator used to assess future supply in the shipping industry. It is an indicator that can help investors and analysts foresee emerging risks or opportunities. When…

Tankers on order rise to a record since 2013, managers continue to be positive

Tanker orders can be used to reflect oil shipping company managers’ expectations of future supply and demand. Managers often place new orders when future demand is expected to increase more…

Ship scrappage remains above 10, indication of continued supply stress

The rate at which companies retire ships often reveals whether the dry bulk shipping is facing excess capacity or not. When the shipping industry is pressured by excess capacity, firms…

Steel Producers in Developed Asian Countries 2013-04-20
Despite poor China's economic data, steel valuation remains positive for shipping

Valuations can often tell investors the outlook of equities in the near future. Although value investors often look for valuations that are low, high valuations can often signal better times…

ContractValue
Maturing contracts will hurt dry bulk shipping companies' revenues, risk ahead

The two main markets for shipping companies, such as DryShips Inc. (DRYS), Diana Shipping Inc. (DSX) and Safe Bulkers Inc. (SB), are spot (voyage) and time charter (period). Companies that…

Lower capacity increase supports shipping rates and long term investment

Since the shipping industry provides service that is generally undifferentiated, industry capacity is an important metric that directly impacts companies’ top line, or revenue, performances. When capacity is growing faster…

Managers are expecting better days for dry bulk ships in the long run

Ship orders are useful metrics in uncovering managers’ perspectives of the industry’s long term demand and supply balance. Dry bulk shipping companies will often place new orders when future demand…

Baltic Dry Index
Stabilizing baltic rates support upsides, short term risk remains

As much of the dry bulk shipping industry’s service is commoditized, supply and demand balance is one of the most important drivers for dry bulk companies’ top and bottom line…

2nd largest dry bulk scrappage suggests continued supply stress

The rate at which companies retire ships often reveals whether the dry bulk shipping is facing excess capacity or not. When the shipping industry is pressured by excess capacity, firms…

Tanker orders fall from last week, but trend remains positive

Tanker orders can be used to reflect oil shipping company managers’ expectations of future supply and demand. Managers often place new orders when future demand is expected to increase more…

One Year Performance Since Price to Book Recorded (Selected Tankers) 2013-03-29
Investors beware when picking shipping stocks based on valuation

Misunderstanding that low valuation will lead to good performance Investors often assume that investing in low valuation companies will always lead to outperformance. Price to book ratio is often used as…

China Import Trade 2013-04-10
China's import value hits record supporting shipping, media widely unnoticed

As the largest importer of commodities globally, China’s import trade value is an important indicator of shipment demand for dry bulk shipping firms, like Dry Ships Inc. (DRYS), Diana Shipping…

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