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Freight Rates

Mixed Numbers on Trucking Conditions

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index from April and the Cass Transportation Indexes for May identify trends such as job growth and economic conditions that could point to a weakening after a nearly two-year cycle of surging freight volumes.

Has the Freight Cycle Peaked?

High fuel prices and inflation are among the factors prompting analysts to say the freight pendulum is starting to swing back the other way.

Fleet Financial Trends Imply Solid Start to 2022

As we neared the end of 2021 and took a look at third-quarter fleet earnings reports, the news looked good — good enough that the stock prices of the group were up 15.6% during the earnings reporting season, compared to the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index that was up 7.6%.

DAT: January Truckload Rates Fall

The DAT Truckload Volume Index, a measure of dry van, refrigerated and flatbed loads moved by truckload carriers, fell 2% in January from December 2020.

COVID-19 Still Brings Uncertainty to 2021 Trucking Outlook

As the COVID-19 vaccine helps return life to normal later in the year, the effect on trucking freight and rates will vary as consumer spending is expected to shift back toward services. That’s one takeaway from the transportation analysts at FTR in a recent webinar, “Preparing for 2021.”

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