spot market

Spot market update: Seasonal reefer slump continues, van and flat show more strength

In this weekly spot market demand update, trends show the typical mid-July freight slump isn’t as bad for some truckers as it was in previous years. Flat rates are rising, van volumes holding, but reefer is showing typical seasonality.

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Dog days of freight, rates setting in?

"Bad news, good news," says DAT's Ken Harper, looking at the spot market picture within the last week -- less freight, suggesting the typically "Summertime Blues" this time of year may finally be settling in.

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Post-July 4 spot market fireworks

Spot market rates typically take something of a dive after the July 4 holiday, but that wasn’t the case in the "short week" last week.

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Q2 end, July 4 holiday spur spot freight volume gain

With both the end of the quarter and the last few business days before a holiday weekend, last week's boost in rates and volume, particularly in vans and reefers, wasn’t a big surprise. Still, it was a nice lift, especially after two months of improvement.

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Demand indicators for vans, reefers, flats up in the last week

An increase in the load-to-truck ratios for vans and reefers particularly indicates that rates on average could rise this week as the second quarter ends and a holiday weekend begins.

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Rates hall of shame 2015: Bottom 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Lookback on 2015 rates: As pricing fell off, these 15 states in van, flat and reefer segments ended the year with the worst rates for outbound loads, averaged over the year. Also: Examine interactive heat maps for regions showing better rates.

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Roadcheck rates effect in evidence on spot market, with attendant volume surge

Rates got "a shot in the arm" last week as Roadcheck slowed trucking down, affecting capacity overall through the week. Close looks at dry van, reefer demand geographically here, as freight volume continued to pick up overall.

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Spot market 2016: No post-Memorial Day slump in rates

Spot market rates continued their upward trend after the holiday. The Sun Belt is still showing strength, as last week, and the Midwest continues to improve. California volumes are holding.

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Rates ‘spring’ing to life? Spot market rates post another positive showing in May

The charts here compare each segment’s paid rates -- verified averages of per-mile rates paid by brokers to carriers -- compared to posted rates, pre-negotiated rate offers posted by brokers. Two major truckload segments saw rates increase, while one remained flat.

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Spot market update: ‘Genuinely good news’ for a change

Two-thirds of the 80 highest-volume van lanes got a rate increase in the past week alone, and flatbed markets in every region of the country are gaining some ground.

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