Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thursday stocks mixed

Midday Dow at 12,207, down 6 points.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are trading mixed as crude oil prices trade near two-year highs.
Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of the stock market’s recent rally. Stocks hit 12-year lows on March 9, 2009, dragged down by the financial crisis. The S&P 500 index has nearly doubled since then.
IBM Corp. jumped 5 percent after analysts at Deutsche Bank and other brokerages raised their forecasts for the company’s stock price. IBM’s gains led the Dow Jones industrial average to a small gain.
The Dow Jones industrial average of 30 large U.S. companies rose 22 points, or 0.2 percent, to 12,237.
Broader indexes were lower. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped less than a point to 1,321. The Nasdaq lost 9, or 0.3 percent, at 2,756.

Port of Bremerton names conference room after retiring commissioner


The Port of Bremerton leaders and staffers dedicated a new conference room at Bremerton National Airport to Commissioner Bill Mahan on Tuesday. Fellow Commissioner Larry Stokes thanked Mahan for his four decades of public service not only with the port, but also as Kitsap County commissioner. The conference room overlooks the runway and will serve as meeting place for commissioners as well as a venue for bigger groups that visit the port. Here’s a link to a story that gives some more detail about Mahan’s career.

Mahan was surprised at the honor, and obviously

A press release from Safe Boats International


Below is a press release from Safe Boats International received Tuesday. Here’s a link to today’s story, too. Rachel Pritchett, reporter

SAFE Boats Signs Lease Extension
SAFE Boats International has signed two lease extensions to coordinate the timeline of their Port of Bremerton facilities

Port Orchard, WA – March 8, 2011 – SAFE Boats International (SBI) has been working closely with the Port of Bremerton, and last week SBI signed an amended lease creating conformity for our various lease expiration dates and extending the lease for two of SBI’s facilities.

The extension allows SBI and the Port of Bremerton the time to better identify our future facility needs in terms of space utilization, ergonomic layout and size requirements. As the average size and quantity of boats continue to increase, the ability to effectively move the boats around the shop has become a growing priority.

“SBI views this as a positive step in moving forward with the Port of Bremerton on our future facility needs, said SBI CEO, Scott Peterson. We have had a great relationship with the Port since we moved into their facilities in 2000 and are pleased with the current state of negotiations.”

Link to story:

Bank stocks push Wednesday indexes higher

Midday Dow up 147 points, at 12,237.

NEW YORK (AP) — Financial companies pushed stock indexes higher Tuesday on hopes that large banks may soon raise their dividends.
Bank of America Corp. rose 4.4 percent, the most of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones industrial average, after chief executive Brian Moynihan told an investor’s meeting that the bank could earn more money over the next two years as its business stabilizes. That led analysts to note that large consumer banks may raise their dividends. Banks slashed dividends during the 2008 financial crisis to cut costs.
Financial stocks in the S&P 500 index rose 2 percent, the most of any of the index’s 10 company groups. American Express Co. gained 4 percent, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. gained 3 percent.

Kitsap gas 38 cents higher than a month ago

Today’s price for a gallon of unleaded in Kitsap County was $3.65, according to AAA. That’s 38 cents higher than a month ago, and 71 cents a gallon more than a year ago. Here’s some of what’s going on in the oil markets:

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyond the crisis in Libya, what’s making energy markets nervous — and driving up oil prices — is concern about Saudi Arabia.
The world’s largest oil exporter is dealing with protests at home, although smaller in scale than those in nearby countries. Larger demonstrations in neighboring Bahrain have oil traders fearing the unrest could spill across the border.
With the entire region in upheaval, it would be a mistake to think the Saudis have shielded themselves from the anger that ousted leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, Barclays analyst Helima Croft said. The string of rebellions in North Africa and the Middle East took the world by surprise, forcing a fundamental realignment of the region’s political power.
“You could say, they’re rich, (King) Abdulla’s popular, no problem,” Croft said. But anything is possible. “If anyone had asked us in January whether (Egypt’s) Hosni Mubarak would be gone, most of us would have said ‘absolutely not.’”
More than 17,000 Saudis have signed up on a Facebook page calling for a “Day of Rage” on Friday, according to Barclays Capital. That’s despite King Abdulla’s recent announcement of a $36 billion program for employment, housing and education.
Saudi Arabia has also increased production to make up for a drop in Libyan exports caused by the uprising in the smaller OPEC nation. Doing so, however, will cut into the country’s surplus supply for months. Investment banks said Tuesday the move will put enough pressure on world supplies to keep oil prices at elevated levels this spring.
Oil prices have jumped about $20 per barrel since mid-February when the Libyan uprising escalated.
Experts agree that a resolution to that crisis won’t necessarily stop oil prices from heading higher.
Analyst and oil trader Stephen Schork said the market is waiting for a sign that the entire region is headed toward a peaceful outcome that will keep crude exports flowing. “That’s months away,” he said.
That’s bad news for drivers in the U.S., where the average price for gasoline has risen about 39 cents per gallon in three weeks, topping $3.50.
Oil futures did decline Tuesday, after OPEC ministers discussed whether to ramp up oil production to make up for Libya’s lost exports.
Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery fell 55 cents $1.64 to $104.893.81 per barrel on Tuesday. In London, Brent crude dropped $1.78 to $113.26 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.
Libya produced 1.6 million oil barrels per day before fighting forced companies to evacuate workers. Most of that production is been shut down.
Saudi Arabia’s oil minister said the kingdom has about 3.5 million barrels per day of spare capacity that could be brought online.
“Saudi Arabia will continue to reliably meet the world’s petroleum needs,” minister Ali Naimi said.
Boosting production now might cool off overheated energy prices, but experts warn OPEC could weaken its ability to manage global supplies later this year.
Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research, said the main concern in the oil market is whether the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iran — OPEC’s No. 2 producer — will be dramatically affected by the wave of pro-reform uprisings.
Raising production now “would have a minor calming effect on the market,” Lynch said. “Other than that, it’s not going to take us back below $100” per barrel.