Shipping demand for dry-bulk commodities to exceed fleet growth in H2 2013 as freight market begins to recover; demand will advance 7.7% this year as fleet grows 6.7%, says analyst

WASHINGTON , January 21, 2013 () – Demand to ship dry-bulk commodities will exceed fleet growth in the year’s second half as the freight market begins to recover, Pareto Securities AS said, recommending buying D/S Norden A/S and Golden Ocean Group Ltd.

Demand will advance 7.7 percent this year as the fleet expands 6.7 percent, according to the Oslo-based investment bank. Average daily rates for Capesizes carrying 160,000 metric tons of iron ore and coal will rise 50 percent to $12,000, and earnings for smaller Panamaxes will increase 12.5 percent to $9,000, analysts Jonas Kraft and Erik Haavaldsen said in an e- mailed report today.

China’s 8 percent economic expansion will surpass the government’s target as the country’s share of dry-bulk imports rises to 40 percent from 20 percent in 2003, the analysts said. Steel mills are boosting production as the government spends $150 billion on infrastructure, according to the report.

“After years of a difficult dry-bulk market, we are now getting closer to a turning point,” the analysts said in the report. “We expect the dry-bulk market to remain challenging in the short term, yet demand should start exceeding supply” in the second half of 2013.

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