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April 21, 2016

Earnings Watch: Swift Profits Fall, Forward Air and Marten Improve

UPDATED -- Truckload carrier Swift Transportation Co. saw its net income decline in the first quarter of the year while profit for the time definite surface transportation and logistics provider Forward Air Corp. more than doubled as refrigerated hauler Marten Transport Ltd. reported a boost in two ways.

April 21, 2016

Earnings Watch: Lower Truck Sales Hit Dana, Rush Enterprises' Profits

A truck component manufacturer and one of the nation’s largest truck dealer networks continue the trend of many businesses reporting lower first quarter earnings as truck sales are down from a year ago.

April 20, 2016

U.S. Spot Freight Rates Decline, Canadian Spot Market Improves

A decline in available freight and an increase in truck capacity pushed spot truckload rates down across all three equipment types during the week ending April 16, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

April 19, 2016

Truckload Linehaul Rates Drop, Intermodal Continues Decline

A measure of truckload linehaul rates moved lower last month compared to a year earlier for the first time since May 2010 as intermodal freight rates continued their downward slide.

April 19, 2016

Economic Watch: New Home Starts Drop, Builders Still Upbeat

The number of housing starts in the U.S. fell more than expected in March, but home builder confidence in the market remains strong, according to two new reports.

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.

April 18, 2016

Earnings Watch: J.B. Hunt Profit Increases Nearly 9%

J.B. Hunt Transport Services says its first-quarter profit increased 8.9% from a year earlier as revenue rose by 6%, thanks to volume growth, improved network operations, higher equipment utilization, lower maintenance costs and increased contract pricing.

April 15, 2016

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Tumbles, Consumer Mood Falls

Industrial production decreased for the second month in a row during March, adding another sign the economy sputtered in the first quarter of the year.

April 14, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Tame, Beige Book Shows Improvements

A rebound in fuel prices helped push overall retail prices higher in March,, but inflation remains about as far from a threat as possible to the U.S. economy, according to a new Commerce Department report.

April 14, 2016

For-Hire Freight Movements Decline Slightly

Following two straight months of growth, the amount of freight moved by for-hire operations in the U.S. fell in February from the month before, due in part to a substantial decline in trucking, according to new Transportation Department figures.

April 13, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Decline, Keeping Inventories High; PPI Drops

Retail sales in the U.S. disappointed once again last month, causing high inventory levels to fall only marginally while wholesales prices declined, according to three separate reports released on Wednesday.

April 13, 2016

Commentary: The Promise of E-Commerce

E-commerce is nothing new, but it continues rising to new heights. Smart trucking companies are realizing it’s the next area with a huge growth potential, especially when the overall economy is growing at a moderate rate at best.

April 12, 2016

Average Diesel, Gasoline Costs Expected to Remain Low

A new fuel price forecast from the U.S. Energy Department shows little change from expectations a month ago for the price of diesel, but the outlook for gasoline has moved a little higher.

April 5, 2016

Economic Watch: Exports Increase, Service Sector Expands

While the U.S. trade deficit increased to a six-month high in February, U.S. exports seem to finally be turning around for the better. Meanwhile, the nation’s service sector improved again last month, and a final report on manufacturing offers hope for this freight-significant indicator.

April 1, 2016

Economic Watch: Employment Jumps, Manufacturing Awakens

The number of jobs added in March grew by another healthy pace, but not in trucking, while the nation’s manufacturing sector ended months of declining factory activity and overall construction fell slightly in February, according to the latest economic reports released Friday.

March 25, 2016

Economic Watch: GDP Growth Revised Upward, Durable Goods Fall Again

Growth in the overall American economy in the final quarter of last year improved by double the government's initial estimate, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report released Friday. A separate reports shows the country’s manufacturing sector is still sluggish but housing continues to do well.

March 22, 2016

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Subdued but Growing, Home Sales Fizzle

The first reading on the U.S. manufacturing sector for this month shows a slight uptick in activity, but growth remains weak as it has since the start of the year, and existing home sales slumped.

March 17, 2016

Truckload, Intermodal Rates Drop Again

Truckload linehaul freight rates have fallen again and are barely higher than a year ago, while rates for intermodal shipments have dropped for the 14th straight month, according to the latest Cass indexes.

March 16, 2016

Earnings Watch: FedEx Profit Falls, Adjusted Earnings Up

Trucking and parcel delivery company FedEx Corp. on Wednesday reported lower quarterly profits, but adjusted earnings were better than expectations.

March 15, 2016

Port Traffic Expected to Return to Normal Patterns

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see its traditional buildup toward the summer, despite difficult comparisons with last year’s unusual patterns, according to one report.

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