Sunday, July 8, 2007

Frontline Shares Rise Most in a Month (FRO)

Frontline Shares Rise Most in a Month on Expected OPEC Supply
By Grant Smith
July 4 (Bloomberg)

Shares of Frontline Ltd., the world's biggest oil-tanker company by carrying capacity, rose the most in more than a month on expectations of increased OPEC supply and as futures contracts indicated freight rates will rally.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will probably accede to calls for increased output in the second half of the year as countries in the northern hemisphere seek to bolster stockpiles in preparation for winter fuel demand, according to Anders Kirkhorn Rosenlund, an analyst at ABG Sundal Collier ASA.

``We think OPEC will increase production,'' Rosenlund, who has a ``hold'' recommendation on Frontline shares, said in a telephone interview from Oslo. The share gain was aided by trading in tanker futures contracts, which ``suggest freight rates will more than double'' over the next five months, Rosenlund said.

Futures contracts on the benchmark route between the Persian Gulf and Japan show an increase of 119.2 percent between the front and fifth months, according to data provided by Oslo-based derivatives broker Imarex NOS ASA.

Shares of Hamilton, Bermuda-based Frontline closed up 15.5 kroner, or 5.7 percent, at 287 kroner in Oslo, their biggest gain since May 31. The shares have advanced 5 percent this week, valuing the company at 21.5 billion kroner ($3.69 billion).

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