LNG shipping stocks: Light growth
The UP World LNG Shipping Index (UPI), the world’s only stock index focused on LNG shipping companies, gained 0.71% last week. U.S. stocks represented by the S&P 500 (SPX) index gained 1.13%.
The UP index did grow in the past week, but more at a leisurely pace. While U.S. stocks mostly declined, Asian stocks managed to stay in the green. Notably, the UP index remained at its all-time high and confirmed the growing trend. Despite this, or precisely because of this, our expectations remain the same – we expect a growth correction.
As we have already mentioned, the growth of the UP Index was mainly recorded by Asian companies. Nevertheless, only three companies can say of significant increase: NYK Line (TSE: 9101), MOL (TSE: 9104), and Norway’s Awilco LNG (OSE: ALNG). Their movement was 3.2%, 2.8%, and 2.6%. Korean SM KLC (KRX: 005880) added just under 2%, and Shell (NYSE: SHEL) added 1.6%.
Declining stocks were led by two smaller companies – Dynagas LNG Partners (NYSE: DLNG) and Exmar (BSE: EXM), which both lost 3.6%. Close behind was Cool Company (OSE: COOL), which lost 3.5%.
Qatar Gas Transport Company – Nakilat (QSE: QGTS) was also losing. This LNG giant declined by 2.7%. The third Japanese company, “K” line (TSE: 9107), also achieved the same decline. Golar LNG (NASDAQ: GLNG), Capital Product Partners (NASDAQ: CPLP), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), and GasLog Partners (NYSE: GLOP) further lost more than 1 percent.
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