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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies on our shipping stocks list have seen tremendous share price movement.
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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies on our shipping stocks list have seen tremendous share price movement. Lockdowns, labor shortages and the war in Ukraine are just some of the influencing factors.

How Does the Baltic Dry Index Impact Companies on Our Shipping Stocks List?


The Baltic Dry Index, which measures pricing for global shipping rates is largely cyclical in nature. Looking back at previous years, we can see the BDI often reaches a yearly high around September and then falls off for the rest of the year. This year the drop-off looks to have occurred much sooner, around the end of May.

The BDI reached a 52-week low of 965 yesterday. This shows a massive drop off since its May 23rd high of 3,369.

Despite the drop in the index, many of the companies on our shipping stocks list are incredibly sound financially. So why do shipping stocks continue to drop? Well, as mentioned earlier the COVID-19 pandemic is still a major contributing factor impacting industry laborers. This causes backups where ships are stuck in ports or trips are canceled all together. These uncertainties as well as supply and demand price changes have significantly impacted the shipping industry.

Another reason these stocks are falling is an increase in short interest. Investors anticipate that shipping stocks may drop further, so they short them. This impacts the overall market sentiment as others follow suit.

Standouts to Watch

Golden Ocean Group Limited (Nasdaq: GOGL)

A few weeks ago I wrote about Golden Ocean Group Limited. Out of all the companies on our shipping stocks list, Golden Ocean has been getting a lot of attention.

The Bermuda-based shipping company has a very good track record for dividend payouts. Golden Ocean declared a cash dividend of $0.60 per share, payable on or about September 14, 2022, to shareholders of record on September 7, 2022. The company also recorded a net operating income of $155.77 million versus $97.37 million a year ago; and a margin of 49.2%, compared to 35.3% a year ago.

Golden Ocean Group Ltd currently has a median 12 month target of $14.53, with a high estimate of $19.00 and a low estimate of $9.00. The median estimate represents a 45.61% increase from the last price of $9.98.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK)

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is another stock on our shipping stocks list not many investors are talking about. The company saw significant share price movement over the past few months, rising all the way to $33.60 in May. However, since then the stock has fallen below the $20 mark. This could be a good entry price.

Star Bulk declared a dividend of $1.65 per share payable on or about September 8, 2022. And the company continues to improve its balance sheet. See all the details from last month’s earnings call here.

SBLK currently has a median 12 month target of $33.50, with a high estimate of $40.00 and a low estimate of $22.00. The median estimate represents a 66.50% increase from the last price of $20.12.

Nasdaq Shipping Stocks List

Capital Product Partners L.P. (Nasdaq: CPLP)

Castor Maritime Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRM)

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq: EGLE)

EuroDry Ltd. (Nasdaq: EDRY)

Euroseas Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESEA)

Globus Maritime Limited (Nasdaq: GLBS)

Golar Lng Ltd (Nasdaq: GLNG)

Golden Ocean Group Limited (Nasdaq: GOGL)

Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRIN)

Malibu Boats Inc. (Nasdaq: MBUU)

MasterCraft Boat Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: MCFT)

Navios Maritime Containers L.P. (Nasdaq: NMCI)

Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. (Nasdaq: OMEX)

Pangaea Logistics Solutions Ltd. (Nasdaq: PANL)

Performance Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq: PSHG)

Pyxis Tankers Inc. (Nasdaq: PXS)

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHIP)

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK)

StealthGas Inc. (Nasdaq: GASS)

TOP Ships Inc. (Nasdaq: TOPS)

TORM plc (Nasdaq: TRMD)

Vision Marine Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: VMAR)

Final Thoughts

Understanding the cyclical nature of the companies on our shipping stocks list is critical. Many of these companies have sound financials and strong earnings reports. They are simply going through a dip that investors may consider buyable. GOGL and SBLK are great examples of value buys because they have strong potential as well as multiple analyst targets much higher than their current trade price. This coupled with ongoing inflation should only help to increase revenue in the long run.

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Decrease in Japanese children’s ability to balance during movement related to COVID-19 activity restrictions

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A team of researchers from Nagoya University in central Japan investigated how restrictions on children’s activities during the COVID-19 pandemic affected their life habits and their abilities to perform physical activities. By comparing medical examination data before and after the onset of the pandemic, they found that physical functions among adolescents deteriorated, including their dynamic balance. They also found that the children had higher body fat levels and worse life habits. Rather than a lack of exercise time, this may have been because of a lack of quality exercise due to activity restrictions.  

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A team of researchers from Nagoya University in central Japan investigated how restrictions on children’s activities during the COVID-19 pandemic affected their life habits and their abilities to perform physical activities. By comparing medical examination data before and after the onset of the pandemic, they found that physical functions among adolescents deteriorated, including their dynamic balance. They also found that the children had higher body fat levels and worse life habits. Rather than a lack of exercise time, this may have been because of a lack of quality exercise due to activity restrictions.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, in Japan, as in other countries, schools and sports clubs tried to prevent the spread of infection by reducing physical education and restricting outdoor physical activities, club activities, and sports. However, children who are denied opportunities for physical activity with social elements may develop bad habits. During the pandemic, children, like adults, increased the time they spent looking at television, smartphone, and computer screens, exercised less, and slept less. Such changes in lifestyle can harm adolescent bodies, leading to weight gain and health problems. 

Visiting Researcher Tadashi Ito and Professor Hideshi Sugiura from the Department of Biological Functional Science at the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, together with Dr. Yuji Ito from the Department of Pediatrics at Nagoya University Hospital, and  Dr. Nobuhiko Ochi and Dr. Koji Noritake from Aichi Prefectural Mikawa Aoitori Medical and Rehabilitation Center for Developmental Disabilities, conducted a study of Japanese children and students in elementary and junior high schools, aged 9-15, by analyzing data from physical examinations before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. They evaluated the children’s muscle strength, dynamic balance functions, walking speed, body fat percentage, screen time, sleep time, quality of life, and physical activity time.  

The researchers found that after the onset of the pandemic, children were more likely to have decreased balance ability when moving, larger body fat percentage, report spending more time looking at TV, computers or smartphones, and sleep less. Since there were no changes in the time spent on physical activity or the number of meals eaten, Sugiura and his colleagues suggest that the worsening of physical functions was related to the quality of exercise of the children. The researchers reported their findings in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  

“Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Japan after April 2020, children have not been able to engage in sufficient physical education, sports activities, and outdoor play at school. It became clear that balance ability during movement was easily affected, lifestyle habits were disrupted, and the percentage of body fat was likely to increase,” explained Ito. “This may have been because of shorter outdoor playtime and club activities, which impeded children’s ability to learn the motor skills necessary to balance during movement.” 

“Limitations on children’s opportunities for physical activity because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus have had a significant impact on the development of physical function and lifestyle and may cause physical deterioration and health problems in the future,” warned Ito. “Especially, the risk of injury to children may increase because of a reduced dynamic balance function.” 

The results suggest that even after the novel coronavirus becomes endemic, it is important to consider the effects of social restrictions on the body composition of adolescents. Since physical activities with a social element may be important for health, authorities should prioritize preventing the reduction of children’s physical inactivity and actively encourage them to play outdoors and exercise. The group has some recommendations for families worried about the effects of school closings and other coronavirus measures on their children. “It is important for children to practice dynamic balance ability, maintaining balance to avoid falling over while performing movements,” Ito advised. “To improve balance function in children, it is important to incorporate enhanced content, such as short-term exercise programs specifically designed to improve balance functions.” 


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These Are The World’s Richest Billionaires Over The Past 10 Years

These Are The World’s Richest Billionaires Over The Past 10 Years

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These Are The World's Richest Billionaires Over The Past 10 Years

The last decade has seen a number of changes in the world’s richest billionaires list.

For one, there are new faces at the top of the leaderboard that were never there before. But, as Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley details below, one of the most obvious changes though, is that the richest billionaires have accumulated a lot more wealth in recent years.

Using annual data from Forbes on the richest billionaires, Routley has visualized the wealth and ranking of the top 10 billionaires over the past decade.

Who are the World’s Richest Billionaires?

While the pecking order has fluctuated, the leaderboard remains very exclusive. Out of a possible 10 spots, there are only 19 individuals that have made the list over the last decade.

Here’s the current list of richest billionaires in 2022, including when they first made the list (if in the last decade):

 

*Billionaires with “-” first made the list at an earlier date. Example: Mukesh Ambani made the 2008 list.

 

Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist, Bill Gates, is a perennial presence at the top of these lists. Gates is currently at his lowest rank over this time period, but is still in fourth spot. The billionaire has pledged to give away nearly all of his fortune to the eponymously named Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

From 2018 to 2021, Jeff Bezos sat at the top of the world’s richest people ranking, only to be bumped out by Elon Musk. In 2020, Bezos became the first person to amass a $200 billion fortune after Amazon’s stock price surged during the pandemic. In recent months, Bezos’ net worth has taken a hit as Amazon’s share price has fallen back down to Earth.

Today, Elon Musk is the world’s richest person.

The Rich Get Richer

Over time, the median net worth of the richest billionaires has grown significantly.

 

Most fortunes are held in the form of business equity, real estate, and publicly-traded stocks—all asset classes that have benefited from the era of cheap money and ultra-low interest rates.

 

Over the decade period, the median net worth of the top 10 billionaires has nearly tripled from $39 billion to $115 billion.

In fact, the first billionaire to pass the $100 billion threshold was Jeff Bezos in 2018, when he took the top spot on the list from Bill Gates. However, now all but two on the top 10 wealthiest list are centibillionaires.

Tyler Durden Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:40

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Contradictions, Lies, And “I Don’t Recalls”: The Fauci Deposition

Contradictions, Lies, And "I Don’t Recalls": The Fauci Deposition

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Contradictions, Lies, And "I Don't Recalls": The Fauci Deposition

Authored by Techno Fog via The Reactionary,

Today, Missouri Attoney General Eric Schmitt released the transcript of the testimony of Dr. Anthony Fauci. As you might recall, Fauci was deposed as part of an ongoing federal lawsuit challenging the Biden Administration’s violations of the First Amendment in targeting and suppressing the speech of Americans who challenged the government’s narrative on COVID-19.

Here is the Fauci deposition transcript.

And here are the highlights…

EcoHealth Alliance - the Peter Daszak group - is knee-deep in the Wuhan controversy, having been funded by the Fauci’s NIH for coronavirus and gain of function research in China (and having worked with the Chinese team in Wuhan). What does Fauci say about EcoHealth Alliance? Over two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, and after millions dead worldwide, he’s “vaguely familiar” with their work.

In early 2020, Fauci was put on notice that his group - NIAID - had funded EcoHealth alliance on bat coronavirus research for the past five years.

This coincided with early reports - directly to Fauci, from Jeremy Ferrar and Christian Anderson - “of the possibility of there being a manipulation of the virus” based on the fact that “it was an unusual virus.”

Fauci conceded that he was specifically made aware by Anderson that “the unusual features of the virus” make it look “potentially engineered.”

Fauci couldn’t recall why he sent an article discussing gain of function research in China to his deputy, Hugh Auchincloss, telling him it was essential that they speak on the phone. He couldn’t recall speaking with Auchincloss via phone that day. But remarkably, Fauci did remember assigning research tasks to Auchincloss

Fauci was evasive on conversations with Francis Collins about whether NIAID may have funded coronavirus-related research in China, eventually stating “I don’t recall.”

The phrase “I don’t recall” was prominent in Fauci’s deposition. He said it a total of 174 times:

For example, Fauci couldn’t remember what anyone said on a call discussing whether the virus originated in a lab:

During that same call, Fauci couldn’t recall whether anyone expressed concern that the lab leak “might discredit scientific funding projects.” He also couldn’t recall whether there was a discussion about a lab leak distracting from the virus response. Fauci did remember, however, that they agreed there needed to be more time to investigate the virus origins - including the lab leak theory.

What else couldn’t Fauci remember? Whether, early into the pandemic, his confidants raised concerns about social media posts about the origins of COVID-19.

Yet Fauci did admit he was concerned about social media posts blaming China for the pandemic. He even admitted the accidental lab leak “certainly is a possibility,” contradicting his prior claims to National Geographic where he said the virus “could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated.”

Fauci also couldn’t recall whether he had any conversations with Daszak about the origins of COVID-19 in February 2020, but admitted those conversations might have happened: “I told you before that I did not remember any direct conversations with him about the origin, and I said I very well might have had conversations but I don't specifically remember conversations.” And he couldn’t recall telling the media early on during the pandemic that the virus was consistent with a jump “from an animal to a human.”

Fauci said he was in the dark on social media actions to curb speech and suspend accounts that posted COVID-19 information that didn’t fit the mainstream narrative: “I’m not aware of suppression of speech on social media.” Yet it was Fauci’s proclamations of the truth, whether about the origins of COVID-19 to the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, that led to social media companies banning discussions of contrary information.

Regarding those removals of content, Fauci had no personal knowledge of a US Government/Social Media effort to curb “misinformation.” But he conceded the possibility numerous times.

Then there’s the issue of masks. In February 2020, Fauci informed an acquaintance that was traveling: “I do not recommend that you wear a mask.” Fauci would later become a vocal proponent of masks only two months later.

I’m near my Substack length limit - posting the excerpts does that - but you can see from Fauci’s testimony that his public statements about COVID-19 origins and the necessity to wear a mask didn’t match his private conversations. This has been known for some time, but it’s finally nice to get him on record.

Again, read it all and subscribe here.

Tyler Durden Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:40

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