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Morning Coffee: Crosswinds End in Wall Street Surge

Wall Street surged on Friday to end on a positive note, closing a week of intense market gyrations. The market is being caught in an economic crosswind, as signs of peaking inflation were partly offset by fears that policy tightening by the Federal Reserve could tilt the economy into recession.
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Morning Coffee: Main Indexes Continue to Drop

Wall Street’s three main indexes extended losses on Friday as investors worried that the Fed might have to raise rates more than expected to fight inflation.
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Enemy No. 1: Inflation

If economists and central bankers had a “Public Enemy” category, like INTERPOL or the FBI do, inflation would undoubtedly be elected the No. 1 enemy of the people.

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Insights: Construction Industry

The construction sector began a strong rally before the pandemic and made a rapid recovery as the economy opened back up. Construction is poised for strong growth over the next two years.
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Insights: Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Russias invasion of Ukraine sent energy prices skyrocketing in a U.S. economy already reeling from inflation. War injects further uncertainty into the outlook, but a sizable negative effect on the economy and freight is hardly a sure bet.
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Transportation Update | March 2022

The U.S. economy adds 678,000 payroll jobs in February.

Crude, diesel prices soar in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
Retail inventories see another solid increase.

The surge in new trucking companies continues in February.

Volatility is the order of the day for rail volumes.

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Semiconductors: What Are They and Why Is There a Shortage?

It is widely known that there is a shortage of semiconductors on a global scale that is affecting production in a host of industries. Goldman Sachs says 169 industries are affected by the crunch. The poster child for the shortage seems to be the global auto manufacturing industry, where lost production affects tens of thousands of workers and a great deal of lost revenue.

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Insights: Paper Industry

Reduced need for newsprint, declining net exports, and substitution of plastics for paper in packaging have impacted paper demand, but e-commerce growth with increased demand for packaging materials has balanced these losses.
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Intermodal Challenges Persist

2021 was a challenge for the intermodal industry. Coming off the pandemic-dented 2020, 2021 dawned with the promise and hope of better consistency and growth for intermodal and the supply chain in general.


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C-Suite Synopsis: Freight Transportation for February 2022

Headlines

TRUCKING: Trucking conditions improve, but they might have finally peaked.

RAILCAR: Carload volumes are being held back by four main commodities to start 2022.

INTERMODAL: International volumes remained weak in December and face near-term headwinds to growth in 2022.

SHIPPERS: Fuel costs are proving to be the difference between tough and really tough market conditions.

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