Cass Freight Index

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January 19, 2017

Outlook for Freight Activity Seen as Improved

Three measures of freight activity and spending were mixed, according to new figures, but the outlook for their performances has improved, according to Cass Information Systems.

December 16, 2016

Report: Overall Freight Shipping Levels, Rates Better than They First Look

While a measure of total U.S. freight shipments in October broke a string of being in negative territory for 20 months, November fell back while separate reports for the month show an improvement in intermodal rates for the second consecutive month while truckload linehaul rates turned lower.

November 28, 2016

Cass Freight Measures Post First 2016 Gains

Two measures of freight shipping posted their first year-over-year improvements in more than 12 months, indicating there has been more than the usual fall surge in shipment volume.

October 19, 2016

Freight Index Disappoints After Offering ‘False Hope’

After offering a glimmer of “less bad” hope in August, one measure of freight shipments data in September disappointed.

September 21, 2016

Latest Freight Shipment, Spending Levels Show Economic Uncertainty

Freight shipments across all U.S. domestic modes continued improving in August but remain weak, according to the latest Cass Freight Index, while freight spending moved lower again with both resulting in mixed feelings when it comes to their economic impact.

August 16, 2016

Cass Freight Index: Shipments, Freight Spending Continue Declines

Overall shipment volumes and pricing are persistently weak, with increased levels of volatility as all levels of the supply chain continue to try to work down inventory levels, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report.

July 19, 2016

Freight Shipments, Expenditures Hit Highest Levels of 2016 but Will it Continue?

Freight shipments and expenditures edged up in June after three months of lackluster performance, hitting their highest levels of the year, according to the Cass Freight Index – but it remains unclear if this is part of a larger trend.

June 20, 2016

Slow Economy Reflected in Lower Freight Shipments, Spending

Although North American freight shipments continued to climb in May, they are still well below those of the last several years, and expenditures for freight fell for the third time in five months, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report.

May 16, 2016

Freight Shipments, Rates Well Below Year Earlier Levels

The amount of North America freight shipments and freight spending remain below levels from a year ago despite monthly gains, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report, and there is a concern conditions could get worse.

May 6, 2016

The Inventory Thorn in Trucking's Side

For many trucking companies business has slowed, and recent numbers bear this out, both in first-quarter earnings reports as well as in broader statistics.

April 18, 2016

Freight Shipments Ease as Spending Declines

Growth in freight shipments slowed in March, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report, while freight spending turned negative – but a longer-term view of cargo movements and the overall economy appears at least somewhat brighter.

March 10, 2016

Freight Shipments, Spending Rebound Somewhat

The number of North American freight shipments and the amount of expenditures both posted strong increases in February from the month before, according to newly released Cass Freight Index figures.

February 12, 2016

Lower Freight Index Numbers Mask Increased Expectations

The number of freight shipments and the dollars spent on freight declined again in January as part of a seasonal trend. However, that's not necessarily a sign of further weakening for the overall economy, according the latest Cass Freight Index report.

January 13, 2016

Freight Spending, Shipments Continue Decline

Both the number of shipments and expenditures on freight transportation by shippers continued their downward slide in December, according to latest Cass Freight Index.

November 12, 2015

Economic Watch: 3 Reports Show Uneven Freight Movements

Taken separately, new reports on freight movements in the U.S. on freight volume, shipper spending and even the spot market seem to run almost counter to one another. A deeper dive into the analysis shows why activity has slowed but is not widespread.

October 14, 2015

Freight Shipments, Payments Increase After Two Monthly Declines

Freight shipments and payments rose in September following two straight monthly declines, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

September 14, 2015

Cass Freight Index Posts Unusual Drop for August

North American freight shipment volume and expenditures dropped for the second month in a row during August as the summer slowdown hit.

August 18, 2015

Truckload Rates Rising Rapidly, Intermodal Lagging

Truckload shipping rates continue to rise, while intermodal shipping continues to get cheaper, according to two of the latest monthly readings. A wider report on freight transportation showed a seasonal lull.

July 16, 2015

Freight Shipment, Expenditure Levels Mixed

The amount of freight moved and how much shippers paid recovered somewhat in June in the U.S., but both are below levels from a year ago, according to the latest Cass Freight Index report.

May 12, 2015

Freight Shipments, Expenditures Increase in April from Month Before

North American freight shipment volume and payments were up for the third month in a row during April, according to the latest readings from the Cass Freight Index.

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