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Van spot market: Demand ticked up in the last week

Last week saw van demand rebound from the winter doldrums slightly last week, with the average load-to-truck ratio moving up to 1.4 loads per truck.

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February on the spot market: The good, the bad and the ugly

"We’d like nothing more than for March to come in like a lion, and go out like a pack of lions," noted Ken Harper attendant to this week's spot market update from the DAT network of load boards. "But we have to get through February first."

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The winter blues: This week’s spot freight, rates update

Demand fell nationally for vans, but it's likely to heat up with better weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions this week as the area digs out from under 2 to 3 feet of snow. ...

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So, what’s for dinner?

"I saw box freight running for more than three dollars a mile the other day. When we had a box that was the running rate for flatbed and we were eating $1.90/mile... Grass is always greener, yaddah yaddah..."

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Spot market rates, volume: Hot markets for van and reefer across Midwest, South

The brief "reminder of 2014" we got in last week's spot market update in the very high van load-to-truck ratio came back down to earth this, though it's still high for this time of year.

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Holiday spot market update: Freight activity falls, though demand boosted with weather

Van load posts on DAT load boards slowed by 22 percent, and truck posts declined 33 percent, during the Christmas holiday week. Weather-led disruptions boosted demand in spots.

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Van spot market update — volume, rates relatively steady into holiday week

Van load availability slipped 5 percent last week and truck capacity edged up 1 percent, pushing the average load-to-truck ratio down from 1.7 to 1.6 loads per truck.

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Van spot market update: Can you guess the worst-performing lanes of the week?

"What goes up must come down," says DAT's Ken Harper, who notes laws of gravity as a general rule might well be applied to "to truck loads and rates on the spot market," particularly as seen this past week.

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Christmas trees roll out of the Pacific Northwest: Thanksgiving-eve van freight update

Look for a rates rebound this coming week in major markets on the East Coast, DAT says, as despite improved demand metrics, rates fell there while holding steady at $1.70 per mile last week

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Van freight: A few hot markets amid cold overall picture

Spot van load availability edged up half a percent last week on DAT Load Boards, but rates followed overall demand down in most major markets. Some seasonal bright spots, however, were evident.

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