FTR provides weekly analysis and commentary for Truckstop's Spot Market Insights email newsletter, formerly the Trans4cast. You can view the most recent commentaries below. 

 

November 28

Dry van spot rate strength continues in the holiday week

Loads Available 11.28.22Although total broker-posted spot rates in the Truckstop system eased slightly during Thanksgiving week, dry van rates rose sharply in line with seasonal expectations during the week ended November 25 (week 47). Refrigerated and flatbed spot rates declined after the previous week’s notable gains. Total market rates were in line with the same week two years ago and were modestly above the five-year average. As usual, the holiday week saw a large falloff in load activity in all segments and regions.

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November 21

Van segment rates still not showing seasonal strength

Loads Available 11.21.22

The spot market finally showed its typical pre-Thanksgiving boost in rates, but it took until the week before the holiday for it to happen. Broker-posted rates in the Truckstop system rose in the three principal segments – dry van, refrigerated, and flatbed – during the week ended November 18 (week 46). For dry van and flatbed, the gains were the largest since the International Roadcheck inspection event in May. The rate increase in refrigerated was the largest since the week before Labor Day.

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November 14

Van segment rates still not showing seasonal strength

Loads Available 11.14.2022

Broker-posted spot rates in the Truckstop system declined for the fourth straight week during the week ended November 11 (week 45) as dry van and refrigerated continued to lag seasonal expectations with Thanksgiving and Black Friday approaching. Dry van rates eased after a tiny gain in the prior week. Refrigerated rates were up for the second straight week, but neither week’s increase was robust. Rate changes for the current week will be especially telling regarding the van segments’ strength.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            View this full commentary >

 

November 7

Flatbed was a drag on the spot market in the latest week

Loads Available 11.07.22

Broker-posted spot rates in the Truckstop system for dry van and refrigerated were hardly robust, but they were up during the week ended November 4 (week 44) while flatbed rates fell. Van segment rate gains lagged the typical pre-Thanksgiving strength that begins in early November, and dry van weakness was especially pronounced. Van segment volume remains close to five-year average levels. Flatbed volume is fairly stable at below average levels. The West Coast continued to lead total volume gains.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     View this full commentary >



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