Capesize, panamax dip drags Baltic index lower

May 25 (Reuters) - The Baltic exchange's main sea freight index fell for the first time in five sessions on Tuesday, dragged lower by a dip in the capesize and panamax segments.

* The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, fell 72 points, or roughly 2.5%, to 2,809.

* The capesize index dropped by 213 points, or 5.3%, to 3,745, the lowest since April 20.

* ​Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes of coal and steel-making ingredient iron ore, dropped by $1,771 to $31,054.

* Benchmark Dalian iron ore and Shanghai steel futures edged lower on Tuesday, as China's warning against hoarding and speculation kept market participants on the edge.

* The panamax index fell 31 points, or roughly 1.1%, to 2,809.

* Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, fell by $273 to $25,285.

* The supramax index rose by 22 points to 2,450. (Reporting by Seher Dareen in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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