Baltic Dry Index At New Low : Shipping Sector Sinking Lower

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – A slump in dry bulk shipping is set to worsen as the meltdown in global commodities and too many ships free for hire rock the sector used by investors to gauge the health of world trade.

Slower coal and iron ore demand from China – the world’s biggest industrial importer – have battered the dry bulk sector, already in the midst of its worst ever downturns that is expected to extend well into next year.

This week the Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index , which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities and seen by investors as a forward-looking indicator of global industrial activity, plunged to an all-time low.

A slump in oil and other commodity prices, due to slowing Chinese demand, has widely been seen as one of the reasons for U.S. Federal Reserve hesitancy in tightening policy.

“Dry bulk demand is very much dependent on the world economy,” said Symeon Pariaros, chief administrative officer of Athens-run and New York-listed shipping firm Euroseas.

“The slowdown in the world economy has caused both dry bulk and container shipping to suffer a lot lately. Euroseas, having exposure in both these sectors, is facing the consequences of this very low rate environment.”

There have already been casualties. In September, Japanese bulk carrier Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha filed for protection from creditors. This followed private equity backed Global Maritime Investment Cyprus Ltd, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States.

While prospects for commodities markets are shaky, the dry bulk freight players will also need to contend with more ship deliveries hitting the water in coming months.

“More vessels have to be scrapped, no additional newbuildings (new ship orders) and further delay deliveries – all these take time, more than one year, implying that in the interim the market will be ugly, and a great number of shipowners will not have the cash to bridge the weak market,” said Basil Karatzas, head of New York consultancy and brokerage Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.

“Some may be flexible to get money from funds for working capital … and otherwise sacrifice some equity to save the business, but many small shipowners will be washed out.”

Barron’s Energy Review : A Whole Lot of Shorting Going On

Chesapeake Energy: A Whole Lot of Shorting Going On

Sterne Agee CRT’s Tim Rezvan is feeling bullish about Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which he upgraded on June 29. One of the reasons: The latest short interest data. He explains:

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Largest Increases in Short Interest Among Coverage Names:PetroQuest Energy (PQ), Cheasapeake, Noble Energy(NBL). The largest increase in short interest came from PetroQuest Energy, which had a 16.1% increase to 7.2 million shares (11.0% of shares outstanding, 5.0 days to cover). Other large increases were seen in Chesapeake Energy, which had a 14.1% increase to 185 million shares (27.8% of shares outstanding, 8.1 days to cover), and Noble Energy, which had a 10.3% increase to 17.9 million shares (4.6% of shares outstanding, 4.1 days to cover).

June 30 Data Likely Represents Peak of Bear Case Fervor for Chesapeake Shares. Our June 29 upgrade of Chesapeake shares to Buy from Underperform reflected what we believed was oversold conditions, and month-end short interest data validates this thesis. Short interest in Chesapeake shares increased 14% to 185 million shares from mid-June to the end of June (+163% from the end of February). We expect profit-taking from shorts to provide further support to Chesapeake shares into 2Q earnings

Here’s a chart of the short interest in Chesapeake, which as the analysts note is just massive:

Shares of Chesapeake Energy have tumbled 3.4% to $10.98 at 9:57 a.m. today, while Noble Energy has fallen 0.3% to $38.94, and Petroquest Energy has gained 1.7% to $1.75.

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Blackberry – BBRY Fever $30 Target ?


published today July 8,2014


  • BlackBerry has surprised investors with a series of good news lately.
  • BlackBerry’s house cleaning operation last year has been successful, and set the ground for future growth.
  • Once BlackBerry reports operating cash flow profitability, investors will pile into the stock.
  • Investor sentiment is gradually changing, which is a key requirement for higher stock prices.

a general contempt , sadness and scorn for the once mighty smartphone maker is being replaced with calls of a rise due to the new management, short squeeze and reassessment of the prospects of the ” new ” BBRY.

here is a sample from Seeking Alpha Article list for Blackberry

BlackBerry defends the Passport
Shares of Canadian handset company BlackBerry fell 5%, giving back nearly all of Monday’s gain. BlackBerry has been an especially volatile stock in recent sessions, so its decline is not surprising.

Late on Monday, BlackBerry published an official blog post defending the design of its upcoming handset, the Passport. The BlackBerry Passport has received a notable level of attention in recent weeks due to its unconventional design: a large phone with a physical keyboard and square-shaped body.

BlackBerry argues that the Passport’s square screen is ideal for productivity — at 4.5-inches, it isn’t as large as some of the larger Android handsets on the market, but the added width makes it easier for users to view documents.

The Passport alone won’t dictate BlackBerry’s future, but success here could help the company erase its losses. Last quarter, the company lost money, though less than analysts had anticipated. BlackBerry’s management aims to hit breakeven by the end of the year.

Blackberry : The Motley Fool Review

Is BlackBerry Ripe for a Comeback?

BlackBerry (TSX: BB)(NASDAQ: BBRY) missed revenue estimates in six of the last eight quarters, not to mention the heavy cash burn and write-downs it had to live through during those periods, but last quarter, BlackBerry managed to post a GAAP profit.

Could this be the bottom investors have been waiting for? Frankly, taking a position in Blackberry even now is a gamble — here’s why.

The competition isn’t standing still

Last quarter, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) sold 43 million iPhones even after the record breaking 51 million in Q1. Of those 43 million, 66% came from overseas (BlackBerry’s bread and butter), showing that Apple is set to gain share in the emerging marketplace. Meanwhile, Google has over 1 billion Android devices activated and more than half of the market in the U.S., along with an ever-increasing offering of products within the Android ecosystem. BlackBerry is going to need a blockbuster product to attract consumers to its products.

The menace of another write-down

BlackBerry gets 71% of its revenue outside North America and while it was announced that the Z3 was launched in Indonesia along with eight new markets to follow, a write-down of inventory due to low sales is probable. Considering BlackBerry’s recent history with new products coupled with competition from the emerging market phone manufacturers, it is a danger that needs to be taken into account.

A sliver of optimism

Along the cost reduction side of the income statement, BlackBerry seems to be doing well with its strategy. It managed to post a gross margin of 48%, an increment of 5% over last quarter along with reducing adjusted operating expenses by 57% on a year-over-year basis. So while growth is not quite there yet, at least the company is now more aligned on the cost side with its anticipated revenue stream. The sale of its real estate managed to increase cash on the balance sheet to $3.1 billion, allowing management more freedom to maneuver without the threat of liquidity in the near to mid future.

New markets and executive vote of trust

It was announced last week that BlackBerry signed an accord with Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) to open the BlackBerry devices to the Amazon app store, giving its users access to the most popular apps on the market at the moment. Moreover, new CEO John Chen bought 50,000 shares so far in 2014 sending a signal that the top executive is bullish on the company’s prospects.

Proceed at your own risk

Whether or not you believe in BlackBerry, opening a position is speculation at this stage. With such high volatility both pre- and post-earnings release in the past years, it might be more prudent to sit this one out until the restructuring is on more sound footing.

BlackBerry rallies as Passport images/specs leak

  • Leaked pictures of BlackBerry’s (BBRY +4.8%) anticipated Passport phone show a rectangular device with an abbreviated QWERTY keyboard.
  • The enterprise-focused device reportedly features a 4.5″, 1440×1440, display (1:1 aspect ratio), 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, and a hefty 3450mAh battery.
  • John Chen recently announced the Passport would launch in September. The leaks come two weeks after BlackBerry announced (in a strategy shift) Amazon’s Appstore for Android would be integrated with BlackBerry 10.3 (due this fall), and that it’ll work with BlackBerry developers to migrate their apps to the Appstore.


Below Average
As of 30 Jun 2014 at 10:58 AM EDT.



Open 9.82 P/E Ratio (TTM)
Last Bid/Size 10.01 / 63 EPS (TTM) -11.39
Last Ask/Size 10.02 / 122 Next Earnings 26 Sep 2014
Previous Close 9.78 Beta 1.19
Volume 5,636,179 Last Dividend
Average Volume 31,033,955 Dividend Yield 0.00%
Day High 10.05 Ex-Dividend Date
Day Low 9.78 Shares Outstanding 526.9M
52 Week High 12.18 # of Floating Shares 500.0557M
52 Week Low 5.44 Short Interest as % of Float 19.19%


Quicksilver Resources Short Squeeze ?

KWK rises and falls with the price of natural gas as do most producers.

There are several additional factors that account for our interest .

We bought KWK for Jack A. Bass Managed Accounts because they are seeking to turn an overleveraged ship and the recent $485 M sale of assets is part of that.

Equally interesting is that the recent rise in nat gas pricing allows KWK to roll over successful hedges at prices that have rallied.

Finally a 25 % short position means volume and price support. At this point we have not seen any sign of short covering – that is unusual volume day after day .


Below Average
As of 30 Jan 2014 at 1:20 PM EST.
Open 3.18 P/E Ratio (TTM)
Last Bid/Size 3.26 / 59 EPS (TTM) -2.13
Last Ask/Size 3.27 / 427 Next Earnings 24 Feb 2014
Previous Close 3.16 Beta 1.73
Volume 1,307,835 Last Dividend
Average Volume 2,960,777 Dividend Yield 0.00%
Day High 3.27 Ex-Dividend Date
Day Low 3.08 Shares Outstanding 177.1M
52 Week High 3.54 # of Floating Shares 123.7796M
52 Week Low 1.44 Short Interest as % of Float 24.77%

Natural Gas Pares Decline as Supply Decline Matches Forecast

Natural gas futures pared declines in New York after a government report showed a U.S. stockpile decline that matched analyst estimates.

The Energy Information Administration said inventories fell 230 billion cubic feet in the week ended Jan. 24 to 2.193 trillion cubic feet. Analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg showed a withdrawal of 231 billion. A survey of Bloomberg users predicted a decrease of 230 billion.

“It’s still a pretty healthy draw,” said Kyle Cooper, director of research with IAF Advisors in Houston. “The run up over the last few days has already priced in very large withdrawals and also you have a weather forecast at the very back end that looks to be moderating.”

Trading Alert : Diana Shipping Short Squeeze

Jack A. Bass Managed Accounts are enjoying the shipping sector recovery – shorts are paying the price of our success.


Above Average
As of 19 Sep 2013 at 10:08 AM EDT.


Open 12.28 P/E Ratio (TTM) 109.1x
Last Bid/Size 12.47 / 8 EPS (TTM) 0.11
Last Ask/Size 12.48 / 3 Next Earnings 20 Nov 2013
Previous Close 12.06 Beta 1.42
Volume 340,200 Last Dividend
Average Volume 1,709,194 Dividend Yield 0.00%
Day High 12.50 Ex-Dividend Date
Day Low 12.22 Shares Outstanding 82.2M
52 Week High 13.24 # of Floating Shares 67.12071M
52 Week Low 6.45 Short Interest as % of Float 3.41%



1,822.0082.00 4.71%

Stocks That Everyone Is Shorting Part 2

Best Buy

Percent short: 14.04


Industry: Retail

Comment: The big box electronics retailer continues to lose business to the online competition

Chesapeake Energy

Percent short: 14.04

Ticker: CHK

Industry: Energy

Comment:  Chesapeake  failed to meet its desired price target in a recent sale of midstream assets, according to Argus Research’s Phil Weiss.

1-Year Return: -24%



Percent short: 14.44

Ticker: TRIP

Industry: Retail

Comment: After Priceline bought Kayak,  investors  believe  TripAdvisor will fall behind.

1-Year Return: +66%

Apollo Group

Percent short: 16.51

Ticker: APOL

Industry: For-profit education

Comment:  For-profit schools are constantly in the headlines as a target for increased regulation.

1-Year Return: -60%

Federated Investors Inc.

Percent short: 17.68

Ticker: FII

Industry: Finance

Comment:  The fund management company has absolutely crushed the shorts with huge 2012 returns.

1-Year Return: +50%

The 25 Stocks That Everyone Is Shorting Like Crazy




Cliffs Natural Resources

Percent short: 19.96

Ticker: CLF

Industry: Minerals production

Comment: Cliffs was recently cut to “sell” by Goldman over a “relatively weak iron ore environment.”

1-Year Return: -35%

Frontier Communications

Percent short: 22.29

Ticker: FTR

Industry: Telecom

Comment: Frontier was the fifth-worst-performing stock during President Obama’s first term.

1-Year Return: -9%

Advanced Micro Devices

Advanced Micro Devices

Daniel Goodman / Business Insider

Percent short: 24.06

Ticker: AMD

Industry: Tech

Comment: The shift away from personal computing has driven down AMD’s stock down 60 percent this year.

1-Year Return: -56%

US Steel

US Steel

The Carnegie Steel factory in Pittsburgh.

Wikimedia Commons

Percent short: 25.3

Ticker: X

Industry: Manufacturing

Comment: Steel’s Q3 revenues came in -8%  compared to the same period in 2011.

1-Year Return: -9%


Percent short: 26.97

Ticker: NFLX

Industry: Tech

Comment: Rival Redbox just began operating a new video streaming service.

1-Year Return: +34%

Pitney Bowes

Percent short: 30.5

Ticker: PBI

Industry: Mail and document services

Comment: Pitney’s third-quarter profit fell 56%.

1-Year Return:  -36%


Percent short: 33.45

Ticker: SWY

Industry: Supermarket

Comment: Safeway’s Q3 revenues fell short of expectations.

1-Year Return: -11%


Percent short: 36.47

Ticker: GME

Industry: Retail

Comment: YOY videogame sales fell 11 percent in November.

1-Year Return: +8%




JC Penney

Percent short: 42.94

Ticker: JCP

Industry: Retail

Comment: Some analysts have taken an extremely bearish view of CEO Ron Johnson’s turnaround attempts.

1-Year Return: -43%

First Solar

First Solar


Percent short: 43.05

Ticker: FSLR

Industry: Energy

Comment: First Solar’s Q3 earnings dropped 55% on restructuring charges.

1-Year Return: -9%