Dry Bulk Weekly – December 27, 2010

(For The Week Ending December 24, 2010)

Baltic dry index fell 11.3% last week; Capesize Index was down 13.8%; Panamax Index fell 9.4%; Supramax Index was down 7.4%; Handysize Index fell 1.2%.

I’m getting a little bit worried but to repeat last week’s comment: Iron stockpiles & steel inventory mostly unchanged; Iron ore and steel prices stable. No indication of any major disruptions in Chinese economy. Low rates are probably byproduct of excess supply of ships and seasonal factors (weaker construction steel demand in China during winter months).

Chart 1. Baltic Dry Indexes Relative Performance

Chart 2. Baltic Dry Index

Chart 3. Baltic Dry Index Components

Chart 4. Iron Ore Inventory At Chinese Ports And Iron Ore Price

Chart 5. China Total Steel Inventory & China Domestic Hot Rolled Steel Sheet Spot Average Price

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