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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Decoding the Fall in Crude Tanker Rates

    Since the BDTI (Baltic Dirty Tanker Index) has fallen by 50% from the beginning of the year, crude tanker stock prices have also fallen.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Earnings Report

    Recent Developments for Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

    In October, NAP amended its existing management agreement with Navios Tankers Management. It extended the fleet’s fixed-fee period for commercial and technical management services.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Miscellaneous

    Analysts’ Recommendations for Crude Tanker Stocks

    In Week 28, analysts made no target price revisions or recommendation changes for crude tanker companies.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Oil Supply and Refinery Margins Concern Crude Tankers

    Refinery margins have fallen throughout most of the world. US Gulf refinery margins for WTI crude lost more than $2 compared to last month’s level.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    Must-know: Why products supplied are increasing

    For the week ending October 3, 2014, total products supplied were 19 million barrels per day (or bpd)—compared to 18.6 million bpd in the first week of September.

    By Katie Dale
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    Miscellaneous

    What Analysts Recommend for the Top Two Crude Tanker Stocks

    DHT Holdings (DHT) was the best-performing stock among peers on a YTD basis.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Miscellaneous

    China’s March Data and the Crude Tanker Industry

    In many ways, China is the most important country for the crude oil tanker industry. In this series, we’ll take a close look at China’s March 2017 import-export data and manufacturing sector performance.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is US Oil Demand Helping Crude Tankers?

    US products supplied for the week ended March 17, 2017, totaled 19,225 Mbpd (thousand barrels per day), 1% less than in the previous week.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Energy & Utilities

    Why current secondhand oil tanker values suggest a mixed outlook

    While the VLCC data is positive, the picture for the crude tanker business remains mixed. This could portray a short-to-medium-term negative outlook.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Miscellaneous

    Analysts Recommend a ‘Hold’ on Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

    The consensus 12-month target price for Navios Maritime Partners is $4.83, which implies a potential upside of 40.82% from its market price on July 12.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Earnings Report

    What Impacted Nordic American Tankers’ Top Line?

    Nordic American Tankers’ revenue in 3Q16 fell to $71 million—compared to $88 million in 2Q16. Its revenue was 29% lower than its revenue in 3Q15.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Miscellaneous

    Credit Suisse Downgrades Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

    Consensus recommendations On January 13, 2017, Credit Suisse downgraded Navios Maritime Midstream Partners (NAP) to “neutral” from “outperform” and decreased the target price to $12 from $13. Only five analysts give recommendations on Navios Maritime Partners. According to Reuters, the consensus rating for the stock is 2.6, which means a “hold.” One analyst has given a […]

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Crude Tanker Companies Lost More in 3Q?

    The third quarter wasn’t very good for tanker rates. In August 2016, the middle of the third quarter, tanker rates dropped to some of their lowest levels.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Euronav Provided Insights on the Rising Orderbook

    Euronav thinks that the rise in the orderbook is partly due to the Tier 3 legislation on nitrogen oxide emissions. The legislation is applicable from January 2016.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Time Charter Rates Fell at the End of November

    The time charter rates for one year on VLCCs (very large crude carriers) fell to $43,000 per day on November 25—compared to $45,500 per day the previous week.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Energy & Utilities

    VLCC Rates Are near Multiyear Lows

    According to Weber’s report, VLCC rates for the route from the Arabian Gulf to China fell from $10,809 per day on August 18 to $8,747 per day on August 25.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Energy & Utilities

    China’s PMI Hits 19-Month Low—How It Impacts the Crude Tanker Industry

    In February 2018, China’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) was 50.3.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Miscellaneous

    China’s Oil Production and Imports Benefit Crude Tanker Industry

    China’s crude oil imports in March hit a new record. Its total crude oil imports came in at 39.0 million tons, compared to 31.8 million tons in February.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Miscellaneous

    Week 12: Nordic American Tankers Struggled

    In week 12 of 2018, which ended on March 23, the BDTI rose from 635 to 656. In week 11, the index dropped by 18 points.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Earnings Report

    Euronav’s Financial and Liquidity Position after Its 3Q16 Results

    On September 30, 2016, Euronav (EURN) had long-term debt of ~$1.0 billion. This increased from $952 million at the start of the year.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why 5- and 10-year Very Large Crude Carrier prices are consistent

    Five-year-old VLCC prices remained consistent, at $75 million, with the previous month’s levels. Year-over-year prices increased by 36%. Ten-year-old VLCC prices stood unchanged at $48 million and increased by 41.2% year-over-year.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    Newbuild tanker prices rose, but you should still use caution

    October’s increase is generally positive for the long-term prospects of tanker stocks like Frontline ltd. (FRO) or Nordic American Tanker Ltd. (NAT).

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Energy & Utilities

    Weekly tanker digest: Have fundamentals changed? (Part 4)

    Continued from Part 3 The importance of capacity Capacity, in a commoditized industry like shipping, is an important metric that directly impacts companies’ top line, or revenue performance. When capacity grows faster than demand, competition will rise among individual shipping firms as they try to use idle ships and cover fixed costs. This will lower day […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Earnings Report

    Tsakos Energy Navigation’s Revenue Fell in 3Q16

    Tsako posted revenue of $109 million in 3Q16—9% lower than last quarter’s revenue of $120 million and 23% lower than $141 million recorded in 3Q15.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why Nordic posts earnings increase, declares dividend

    NAO’s initial fleet is providing services for Apache Corporation’s (APA) Apache North Sea Limited, BG International Limited (BRGYY), and Statoil Petroleum AS, a subsidiary of Statoil ASA (STO).

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Record Oil at Sea: Crude Oil Prices Hit a 10-Week Low

    The US benchmark WTI crude oil futures contracts for December delivery fell by 2.9% on November 11, 2015. Crude oil prices hit lows seen in August.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Energy & Utilities

    Why 15-year ship prices point to negative outlook for tanker stocks and earnings

    Why ship prices (value) matter Ship prices (values) are often good indicators of financial health in the shipping industry. When shipping demand grows more than the supply of ships, shipping companies place additional orders of ships, which drives up purchase prices. Additionally, when firms are able to charge higher prices for transporting goods across the […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why a high cash breakeven cost is risky for Frontline

    The cash breakeven costs are the daily rates of Frontline’s (or FRO) vessels. They have to earn the rates to cover budgeted operating costs and dry dock, estimated interest expense, payable at hire, and corporate overhead costs.

    By Katie Dale
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    Miscellaneous

    How China’s Manufacturing and Auto Industry Are Impacting Crude Tankers

    In May 2017, the Markit China Manufacturing PMI was 51.2 (MCHI)—similar to the previous month.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Miscellaneous

    Crude Tanker Index Rose in Week 16

    In week 16, the BDTI was higher than the previous year’s level. On average, the index was 4% higher than the same period last year.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    7 points that reflect tanker fundamentals say recovery isn’t looming (Part 4)

    Continued from Part 3 The importance of capacity Capacity, in a commoditized industry like shipping, is an important metric that directly impacts companies’ top line, or revenue performance. When capacity grows faster than demand, competition will rise among individual shipping firms as they try to use idle ships and cover fixed costs. This will lower […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Energy & Utilities

    US oil production expected to hit record in 2013, negative for tankers

    US oil rig count is a leading indicator of US oil production and oil imports. Since 2008, a boom in US oil industry has negatively impacted demand for tankers (see Tankers will likely underperform dry bulk ships in 2013)— vessels that transport oil across ocean. Higher US oil production, due to application of technologies called […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Miscellaneous

    Crude Tanker Index and Stocks Fell in Week 14

    In week 14, the BDTI (Baltic Dirty Tanker Index) fell from 790 to 775. The BDTI tracks shipping rates for crude oil tankers on representative routes.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Energy & Utilities

    Egypt tension pushes oil past $109, shipping rates rise, but downside for tankers

    Tanker stocks tied to oil prices Tanker stocks often move in tandem with oil prices in a demand-driven market. But because tanker companies also use oil to run their ships, a price increase in oil due to supply shocks (such as political disruptions in the Middle East) also affects tanker firms differently. To get a […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Miscellaneous

    Analyzing DHT Holdings’ Performance in 2018

    DHT Holdings’ (DHT) YTD returns were 1.1% as of April 5, 2018. DHT Holdings is the only crude tanker company with a positive YTD return.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Do These 6 Crude Tanker Companies Compare?

    After a spectacular 2015, the crude tanker industry is going through a rough patch in 2016. All crude tanker stocks have given negative year-to-date returns.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Earnings Report

    Frontline Management’s Outlook for Tanker Rates

    Even though industry tanker rates were strong compared to 1Q15, the company recorded negative growth of -7% in 2Q15 compared to 1Q15.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Miscellaneous

    China’s Auto Sales Rose in August, Impacted Crude Tankers

    In August 2017, China’s auto sales rose 4.1% YoY (year-over-year). Its total vehicle sales rose 5.3% to 2.19 million in August.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why Frontline is on the verge of bankruptcy

    Industry analysts suggest that investors should avoid Frontline because of the bankruptcy risk. Currently, the company is facing bankruptcy. This is led by the $190 million bond that’s due in April 2015.

    By Katie Dale
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    Miscellaneous

    Week 9: Crude Tanker Industry Update

    In week 9 of 2018, which ended on March 2, the BDTI rose from 646 to 669. In week 8, the index fell by three points.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding China’s Rising Auto Sales in November 2016

    China’s (FXI) auto sales rose to ~2.9 million in November 2016 from ~2.7 million in October.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why high shipping capacity growth will continue to pressure tanker earnings

    Update to Shipping capacity growth drops but outpaces demand, negative for tanker stocks The importance of capacity 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 will rise among individual shipping firms as they try […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Miscellaneous

    Will Fleet Growth Prove Negative for the Crude Tanker Industry?

    In the first week of 2017, the number of VLCCs (very large crude carriers) in the world was 686. Halfway into 2017, the VLCC fleet has grown to 713.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Fund Managers

    Omega Advisors adds to position in Nordic American Offshore

    Nordic American Offshore (NAO) is an international offshore supply vessel company that was incorporated in Bermuda. NAO was spun off from Nordic American Tanker (NAT) in November last year.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Earnings Report

    Must-Knows about Euronav’s Fleet and Recent Acquisitions

    The day after Euronav (EURN) announced its 3Q16 results on October 31, it announced that its agreed to purchase the 50% of the joint venture it does not own in the VLCC VK Eddie.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Miscellaneous

    Crude Tanker Stocks and the BDTI Index in Week 39

    In week 39, the week ending September 29, the BDTI rose to 776 from 772. In week 38, the index rose by 28 points. It rose for the fifth consecutive week.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Miscellaneous

    Crude Oil Prices Rose Due to Geographical Tensions

    The US benchmark WTI crude oil futures contracts for December delivery rose by 2.5% on November 16. Crude oil prices rose due to possible supply disruptions.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Energy & Utilities

    Must-know: Why the crude tanker orderbook is expanding

    In order to assess the industry’s fundamental outlook, managers use the oil tanker orderbook. It’s an important yardstick. It includes the number of ships that have been ordered and the number of ships under construction. A rising orderbook usually suggests that oil tankers have a better expectation for future supply and demand dynamics.

    By Katie Dale
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    Financials

    Omega Advisors exits position in Qualcomm

    Last month, Qualcomm announced 4Q14 and fiscal 2014 earnings that missed estimates. Its revenue for 4Q14 was $6.69 billion, missing analysts’ expectations by $330 million.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Energy & Utilities

    Weekly tanker digest: Have fundamentals changed? (Part 2)

    Continued from Part 1 The significance of ship orders One measure that reflects managers’ assessment of future supply and demand differences is the number of ships on order. When managers expect future demand to increase more than supply, if they also expect to generate profits with the investment, they will often place new ship orders. But […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why Canadian crude exports to the US are on a high

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (or EIA), for the week ending September 12, 2014, U.S. crude oil imports from Canada hit a record high of 2.99 million barrels per day (or bpd). This was a 20% increase from the same period last year. Meanwhile, the four-week average on September 12 was 2.93 million bpd.

    By Katie Dale
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    Industrials

    Outlook for global growth and tanker fleet for Teekay Tankers

    Looking ahead to 2015, Teekay Tankers Ltd. (TNK) forecasts 2.0% net global tanker fleet growth with major contribution from the product tanker sector. There is a negative fleet growth estimate for the Suezmax and uncoated Aframax sectors.

    By Katie Dale
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    Fund Managers

    Omega initiates position in Melco Crown Entertainment

    Melco Crown Entertainment is a venture between Australian billionaire James Packer and Lawrence Ho. Melco owns and develops casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Macau.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Earnings Report

    What Is Teekay Tankers’ Outlook for the Crude Tanker Industry?

    In its first-quarter conference call, Teekay Tankers gave insights on the crude tanker market.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why the Baltic Dirty Tanker Index going south

    Analysts and money managers follow the Baltic Dirty Tanker Index (or BDTI). They follow the Index to assess the crude oil shipping industry’s revenue and earnings potential. The Baltic Dirty Tanker Index decreased to 699 on August 29, 2014. It was 826 at the beginning of the month.

    By Katie Dale
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Five Key Crude Tanker Companies: A Comparison

    The crude tanker industry is highly fragmented. The total world fleet of VLCCs (very large crude carriers) stood at 640 at the end of 2015.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    Weekly product tanker capacity growth rises, crude tanker falls

    While annual capacity growth still remains above 3.5% for crude tankers and even higher for product tankers, it has come down since April, which is a positive sign.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Miscellaneous

    Week 25: How Did the Crude Tanker Index Perform?

    Since the beginning of 2018, the BDTI (Baltic Dirty Tanker Index) has fluctuated between 628 and 781. The year started out with the BDTI at 700.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    Frontline has options, but they’ll likely put the company behind

    There are several things Frontline can do to pay its maturing $190 million bonds. But activities such as selling assets or raising additional capital would likely put Frontline behind its peers.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Crude Oil Prices Fell Due to the Appreciating US Dollar

    December WTI crude oil futures contracts trading in NYMEX fell by 2.6% on November 17. Crude oil prices resumed a downward trend.

    By Gordon Kristopher
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    Energy & Utilities

    Key tanker stock drivers: China’s crude oil import volume

    China’s crude oil import: The most important factor An indicator that has a first-degree (direct) influence on tanker rates is China’s crude oil import volume. When import volume rises, more tankers will be in use, which pushes up shipping rates. Conversely, lower import volume means an increased number of idled ships, which leads to increased […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Miscellaneous

    Analysts See a 43% Potential Upside for Teekay Tankers

    The consensus 12-month target price for Teekay Tankers is $1.69, which implies a potential upside of 43.2% from its July 11 market price.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Saudi Arabian Oil Production and Demand Increase

    In June 2015, Saudi Arabian oil production hit a record high of 10.57 mbpd, the highest in the last three decades. In July, oil production fell to 10.36 mbpd, but it was still 4% higher than the same period last year.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Earnings Report

    Frontline: What Do Analysts Expect in 1Q18?

    The consensus 12-month target price for Frontline is $5.02, which implies a potential upside of 3.7% from the market price on April 19.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Earnings Report

    Why Tsakos Energy Navigation’s Revenue Rose 19% in 4Q16

    Tsakos Energy Navigation (TNP) posted revenue of $130.0 million in 4Q16, which was 19.0% higher than $109.0 million in 3Q16.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Key for Investors: Valuations as Indicators

    In the shipping industry, valuations are generally higher in bad times—the profitability is lower. Similarly, valuations are lower in good times.

    By Sue Goodridge
  • Energy & Utilities

    Why Teekay Tankers has high liquidity and leverage ratios

    With TK evolving from a small player to global marine midstream service provider, the company has garnered significant advantages and a strong standing in the industry.

    By Katie Dale
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    Miscellaneous

    How China’s Manufacturing Industry Is Performing

    China’s manufacturing purchasing managers’ index In March 2017, China’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) score, a key indicator of the country’s economic health, stood at 51.8 (MCHI) (FXI). That was slightly higher than the 51.6 seen in February 2017. Its PMI score has risen for nine months straight. The reading was well above Reuters’s estimate and […]

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Energy & Utilities

    Must-know: Why the U.S. could hit a light crude oil refining wall

    While U.S. oil imports have been falling over the last few years, tanker companies could benefit from a brighter outlook on U.S. oil imports in 2014.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Earnings Report

    Is Tsakos Energy’s Fleet the Key to a Bright Future?

    Tsakos Energy Navigation (TNP) has a fleet of 65 double hull vessels consisting of a mix of crude tankers, product tankers, and LNG carriers.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Earnings Report

    Where Do Analysts See Frontline’s Earnings in Upcoming Quarters?

    Analysts’ EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) estimate for 2Q16 is $97 million, a 94% increase from $50 million in 2Q15.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Energy & Utilities

    Week 7: Crude Tanker Industry Update

    In week 7 of 2018, which ended on February 16, the BDTI rose to 649 from 642. In week 6, the index fell by 16 points.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Expect a Plunge in Frontline’s 3Q16 Revenues

    Because crude tanker rates are generally strong in the fourth quarter, Wall Street analysts expect Frontline (FRO) to report a rise in revenue to $115.8 million in 4Q16.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Energy & Utilities

    U.S. oil production could slow in 2014, benefiting crude tankers

    As oil production appears to be lagging oil rig count by two to three years, U.S. oil production growth could start to show signs of slowing in 2014. That could be positive for demand for crude tanker companies.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Oil Prices Have Been a Boost for the Crude Tanker Industry

    The biggest cost to run a ship is bunker fuel. Low oil prices benefit shipping companies a great deal, as lower costs can increase the bottom line substantially.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Earnings Report

    Investors Disappointed with NAT’s Results despite Strong Revenues

    In this series, we’ll look at Nordic American Tankers’ (NAT) 4Q15 results, and we’ll analyze the factors that could affect the company’s revenue and costs in 1Q16. We’ll also analyze NAT’s fleet and its recent investments.

    By Sue Goodridge
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    Real Estate

    Newbuild prices record marginal change

    Newbuild VLCC (very large crude carrier) prices for the month of November 2014 decreased to $97.7 million compared to $98.1 million in October 2014.

    By Katie Dale
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    Industrials

    A review of Frontline and its fleet

    Frontline Ltd. (FRO) is engaged mainly in the ownership or operation of oil tankers used to transport crude oil. It’s owned by Norwegian shipping magnate John Fredriksen.

    By Katie Dale
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    Industrials

    Frontline comments on global shipping industry

    Frontline recorded better vessel earnings compared to the second quarter. Improved fleet utilization was due to increased travel distance driven by crude moving from the Atlantic Basin to China.

    By Katie Dale
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    Industrials

    Five-year and ten-year VLCC prices increase

    With faster deliveries and employment of vessels, secondhand vessels tend to reflect industry participants’ expectations for medium-term fundamentals.

    By Katie Dale
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    Financials

    Omega Advisors eliminates position in Boston Scientific

    Boston Scientific Corporation is a worldwide developer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Financials

    Omega Advisors lowers position in Chimera Investment

    Chimera Investment invests in residential mortgage loans, residential mortgage-backed securities, real estate-related securities and various other asset classes. Chimera declared a fourth-quarter 2014 cash dividend of $0.09 per common share.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Energy & Utilities

    Baltic Dirty Tanker Index gains on rising Chinese imports

    The Baltic Dirty Tanker Index interests analysts and money managers. They use it to assess the revenue and earnings potential of the crude oil shipping industry.

    By Katie Dale
  • Energy & Utilities

    5-year-old and 10-year-old VLCC prices stay at consistent levels

    Since secondhand vessels can be delivered within a few months, they tend to reflect industry participants’ expectations for medium-term fundamentals and rates, unlike newbuilds, for which two years of delivery time is mandatory.

    By Katie Dale
  • Energy & Utilities

    Overview: Nordic American Tankers

    In the fall of 2004, NAT owned three vessels and at the end of 2013 it owned 20 vessels—Suezmax tankers—with tankers averaging ~156,000 deadweight tonnage (or dwt) each.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    Indicators for the boom and bust cycle of crude tankers

    Like any other commoditized industry, the shipping industry is also very cyclical due to lengthy construction lead time.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Energy & Utilities

    Key tanker stock drivers: Baltic Dirty Tanker Index and Brent oil

    Brent oil and the Baltic Dirty Tanker Index Commodity prices and shipping rates are like twins: when prices like oil are rising, they often reflect a faster increase in demand than supply—and higher demand often correlates with trade activity. As vessels like crude tankers can take up to five years to build, they also mean […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Energy & Utilities

    Crude oil contango and offshore storage

    The drastic drop in crude oil prices created a situation in which the price of near-term crude is cheaper than the price of long-term crude.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    DHT Holdings’ fleet portfolio and vessels under construction

    Most of the vessels in DHT Holdings’ fleet portfolio were built in the year 2000 and onwards. The exception is one vessel that was built in 1999.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    Current vessel prices rising

    Depending on its size, a tanker takes two to three-plus years to build, with each tanker costing upward of ~$60 million.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    US top oil producer; crude imports decline

    The US has produced more oil than Saudi Arabia since the fourth quarter of 2012, and the country’s oil production surpassed Russia’s output in 2011.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    5- and 10-year VLCC and Suezmax weekly prices on the run-up

    Weekly vessel values have been on the rise, with positive week-over-week and significant year-over-year growth.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    Navios Maritime Midstream Partners: Company overview, fleet

    Since its listing on November 14, 2014, until January 16, 2015, Navios Maritime Midstream Partners recorded a 4.2% increase in its share price.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    Navios Maritime Midstream may enter LPG market

    The international LPG shipping market is volatile in profitability, charter rates, and vessel values, adversely affecting businesses during downturns.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    Navios Maritime Midstream: Analyst targets, management comments

    Angeliki Frangou, head of Navios Group, expects 2015 to be an uncertain period. Factors include anemic growth in Europe and deflationary fears in Japan.

    By Katie Dale
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    Energy & Utilities

    Why did Nordic decide to raise capital instead of debt?

    According to Nordic American Tanker Ltd. (NAT), the company will use the net proceeds from the follow-on offering to primarily finance the acquisition of two to four vessels.

    By Xun Yao Chen
  • Energy & Utilities

    Nordic American Tanker might buy 3 newer or 4 older vessels

    According to Nordic American Tanker Ltd.’s (NAT) prospectus, the company will acquire two to four vessels from net proceeds on 10,000,000 share issuance, which is now raised to 12,000,000 shares.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Tanker Rates Exhibit a Counter-Seasonal Trend

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