Dry Market Volatility and Geopolitics Mayhem

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John Faraclas

The BDI (Dry Baltic Index) despite gaining 31 points since yesterday , looks volatile and vulnerable; geopolitics might redraw European and World order. John Faraclas’ midweek recap:

The BDI now stands at 1,586 points thanks to the Panamaxes’ maintained low-level surge – 64 points plus yesterday, 67 today and now reads 1,498 points.

The Capes’ volatility is not just questionable, it sends warning messages as yesterday it was plus 224 points and today only just one with the BCI standing at 2,793 points. CAUTION!

The Supras and the Handies both lost two points and now the BSI and BHSI stand at 992 and 558 points respectively…

Mixed feeling again with the Wets. The last published BDTI (Dirties) and BCTI (Cleans) stood at 732 – plus three and 499  – minus two points respectively. CAUTION here too as these levels are more than dangerous!

The WTI fell “considerably”; minus almost three dollars and about (?) to fall below the US$ 70 mark!

The Geopolitics are boiling up; NATO’s meeting today leaves too many questions vis-à-vis president Trump’s attitude. He wants all NATO member states to contribute for the alliance! He might go on and demand a 4 centum of each member’s GDP! Will he tear and re-write the 70 years old Atlantic Order with say the United Kingdom and abandon president Roosevelt’s legacy and care… 28,000 American servicemen lost their lives supporting and defending the UK! Let’s the outcome of his visit in London! And what do you all make on his remarks for Mrs. Merkel’s Germany and her energy and other dealings with Putin’s Russia – becoming depended so to speak…affecting Ukraine too!  He (president Trump) will introduce sanctions and penalties to those western companies and countries involved in the Nord Stream 2 . Above all is America and the message is here to stay! It was an expected attitude and stance and let’s see what will be said during his UK visit tomorrow. That was NATO’s first ever controversial summit with possible incalculable repercussions if its members don’t stick to the American beliefs! French and German politicians like Bruno Lemer and Peter Altamaier expressed their concerns and that they – the entire EU and Europe in general will resist – already took measures against the Tariffs and in general they will fight back a commercial war with the US! Meantime, Johannes Hahn European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner, must ensue next time he speaks up to be absolutely clear vis-à-vis frontiers issues particularly in the Balkans… Shame! It is not the first time that NATO or EU officials try to deprive Greece; caution as the legacy of Alexander the Great is alive and kicking…

Stock markets fell; the World is about to change. Shipping too! How a trade war and uncertainty can affect not just the freight rates but shipping derivatives…?  Already the container trade is being affected; don’t count on some recent  t/c period rates…

The MIGRANTS saga – the most important of all issues put together, continues and expect major upheavals…

The Wars in Syria and Iraq continue with more ferocity than ever before… Gains for president Assad with the Russian assistance will lead to the redraw of the map in the region as vested interests from the major powers in the conflict dictate. What a multi clash we witness, eh!.Poor people! Still expect more mess and blood in the entire Middle East.  And it is not only the MIGRANTS in the Middle East and North Africa regions; see what’s happening in the USA and Mexico… Despicable mess, but as president Trump said: Come legally to our country!

Turkey slides to economic chaos and despotism as well as puts in danger Peace in its entire periphery and beyond…

Greece still in limbo…  Add the latest diplomatic episodes with Russians and see what you get! Cyprus is also in a mess… Italy is the big question and France will follow suite!

The West Balkans summit in London yesterday still left open issues… Ultra Caution should be observed

BREXIT continues to dominate the EU politics and economy; the British won’t give their economic and political existence; both are interwoven! Despite some despicable resignations and threats PM May tries he best!

Mess in Nicaragua; caution…

France and Croatia will clash at the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia; Belgium and England for the 3rd and 4th place! The dream for England begins NOW; watch this space!

That’s all for tonight; have a nice evening and be on guard from any eventuality emanating from Pirates, Terrorists and any Criminals whatsoever wherever you are on Planet Ocean!

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