Shippers See Action as Baltic Dry Index Rises 1.7%, Alcoa Beats (DRYS) (FREE) (NEWL)

April 11, 2012 11:17 AM EDT
Shippers are seeing strong upside Wednesday as the Baltic Dry Index continues to climb higher. The index is up 1.7 percent to 944 this morning.

Recent reports suggest many carriers are dropping anchor until rates increase further. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, about 25 percent of the world's Panamax fleet were anchored last month, though daily rates are expected to rise 25 percent in the second quarter compared with the first.

Additionally, a surprise first-quarter beat issued by Alcoa (NYSE: AA) on Tuesday night might be giving investors some relief as the results may indicate a more accelerated global shipping recovery. As economies begin to grow again, the need for refined metals and other goods will increase on infrastructure expansion, and eventually push worldwide shipments higher.

Shares of DryShips (Nasdaq: DRYS) are up 7.5 percent on the session, NewLead Holdings (Nasdaq: NEWL) shares are 83 percent better, FreeSeas (Nasdaq: FREE) shares are 16.2 percent higher, and Eagle Bulk Shipping (Nasdaq: EGLE) is up about 7 percent. Other notables include Genco Shipping (NYSE: GNK), Teekay Tankers (NYSE: TNK), Excel Maritime (NYSE: EXL), and Navios Maritime Partners (NYSE: NMM).

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