Up 88% in 1 Month, Has ZIM Stock’s (NYSE:ZIM) Ship Sailed?

When I covered ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (NYSE:ZIM) stock a month ago, it was trading at $10.24. Today, shares in the Israeli company trade for $19.18. The stock has surged 88% over the last month, as sentiment improved and analysts noted strong tailwinds in the container shipping sector. At the current price, I’m neutral on ZIM, as there’s a chance that the ZIM ship has sailed. Despite the positive transformation the company appears to be on, I just need more data to justify the surging share price.

Sector Tailwinds Helping ZIM

Analysts remain optimistic about the container shipping industry, and recent broker notes have contributed to the improving sentiment around ZIM. These institutions have pointed to increased shipping from Chinese ports — the world’s largest exporter of container goods — and rising freight rates partially due to attacks on maritime trade.

In early May, the Shanghai Container Freight Index (SCFI), which tracks shipping prices from major Chinese ports, was up 31% year-to-date and 72% since mid-December, marking the highest level of the year so far. Meanwhile, Jefferies analysts, led by Omar Nokta, noted that “freight rates have surged after a brief lull across major trade lanes, with this momentum spilling over to secondary routes.”

With Houthi attacks on vessels transiting the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, coupled with low water levels on the Panama Canal, analysts have also highlighted that rerouting is eating up spare capacity. According to Jefferies, 90% of normal Red Sea freight is being diverted around South Africa.

Jefferies also suggested that the seasonal pick-up in demand has been earlier than usual. Noting that peak shipping season normally spans the months from June to September, the brokerage suggested that an early scramble for capacity indicated that freight rates would likely remain high throughout Q2.

ZIM’s Red Sea Guidance

ZIM has also noted that these disruptions are having a positive impact on realized rates. In its Q4 report, management highlighted that the effects were yet to be seen in the reported quarter…

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