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Weekly Transportation Update: New Home Sales Surprise with a Sharp Rebound


New orders for core capital goods show solid gain in August.

  • Sales of new homes surprise with a sharp rebound.
  • Real spending on goods declines as real spending on services ticks higher.
  • CDL driver hiring activity in August was the strongest of the pandemic.
  • Intermodal shows no volume improvement in week following rail strike scare.
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Weekly Transportation Update: Production Dips Due to Weaker Utilities Output


Housing starts rise as multi-family construction hits an all-time high.

  • Sales of existing homes fall for the seventh straight month.
  • Industrial production dips due to weaker utilities output.
  • Worries about a possible rail strike failed to bolster the trucking spot market.
  • Uncertainty over the averted rail strike shows up mostly in weaker intermodal volume.
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Weekly Transportation Update: Falling Fuel Prices Hit Wholesalers Hard

  • Falling fuel prices hit merchant wholesaler sales in July.
  • Diesel prices ease while crude sinks to its lowest price since January.
  • Mortgage rates rise to the highest level since November 2008.
  • Spot rates rise in key trucking segments heading into the Labor Day holiday.
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Insights: Coal Industry

Coal will continue to be a significant commodity for railroads in the immediate future, but it will never return to the dominant position that it held in the twentieth century.
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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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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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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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February Preliminary Orders: Class 8 Truck & Trailer

We work with OEMs to produce industry assessments for preliminary Class 8 Truck orders and Trailer orders for industry-wide consumption.

We provide in-depth market analysis and forecasting in our Truck & Trailer Outlook intelligence service.

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