Sunday, August 26, 2018

Charts of the Day: Lots of stuff moving!

Whenever I find myself on the freeway I take visual note of what you might call the big-rig-to-regular-car ratio. When it looks to me like there's a disproportionate number of semis relative to Subarus on the road I'm thinking the economy's in pretty decent shape. And I've been seeing lots of trucks these days! 

Generally, I find that what my eyes tell me while driving is confirmed by my charts.

Each week I update and score the 84 data points that comprise our PWA [Macro] Index. Included in my analysis are the stats for truck tonnage, as well as rail carload (commodities) and intermodal (shipping containers and truck trailers moved on rail cars) traffic. 

Here's the latest:   click to enlarge

Truck Tonnage

Rail Carload/Intermodal Traffic

Yep, for the moment, I'd say pretty decent indeed!

1 comment:

  1. If the trucks have refer trailers then it is Ag. would make since because there is a lot of harvest going on right now.