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Analysis: What Higher Fuel Prices Mean for Trucking

Trucking is enjoying some of the best business conditions in years, but could rising fuel prices curtail the good times? Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge

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Earnings Watch: Navistar Reports Quarterly Profit of $55 Million

Navistar International Corp. on June 5 announced it turned around its financial picture in the second quarter of the year, with net income of $55 million compared to a second quarter 2017 net loss of $80 million.

Economic Watch: Unemployment Hits New Low; Manufacturing, Construction Up

The U.S. unemployment rate in May hit its lowest level since 2000, while other reports showed increased movement in the nation’s manufacturing sector and spending on construction hit a record high.

Analysis: Expect More of the Same From the Economy

With tax reform enacted, so far GDP has only grown at 2.3% annual rate in the first quarter of 2018, slightly down from the end of 2017. We were hoping for a boost in growth, but so far that hasn't happened. Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Spot Rates Post Slight Gains Over Previous Week

National average spot market truckload rates moved slightly higher on the DAT Solutions network of load boards last week as both the number of posted loads and trucks also rose, amid signs of tighter capacity.

Economic Watch: GDP Revised Lower; Consumer Confidence, Employment Strong

The widest measure of U.S. economic growth was revised lower on Wednesday, according to newly released figures, while separate reports showed consumer feelings remain good and employers continue adding jobs.

Economic Watch: Business Investment, Consumer Sentiment Strong as Home Sales Slip

Orders for long-lasting durable goods fell in April, but a closely watched proxy of business investment moved higher. And although sales of existing homes declined, consumer sentiment remains strong.

Spot Market Truckload Rates Move Little from Last Week

While the number of spot market loads on the DAT network of load boards fell last week along with truck posts, rates changed little.

Good Numbers for Manufacturing, New Home Sales

A first look at the nation’s manufacturing for this month shows business conditions improved just a little from the previous month, remaining strong, while a separate report showed that although new homes sales fell last month, they posted a double-digit gain compared to a year ago.

Truck Tonnage Index Shows Robust Growth in April

The April Truck Tonnage Index rebounded from a dip in March, indicating a robust freight environment, according to the American Trucking Associations.