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Freight Shipment Volumes Plunge To Lowest In Two Years

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Freight shipment volumes are rather obviously seasonal, but as Bloomberg Brief notes, the Cass Freight index shows shipment volumes have slumped for four consecutive months and are back to their worst levels in two years. This is the first year-over-year contraction since the 2007-2009 Great Recession - and places the reality of the dismal Q4 GDP print in context. If that wasn't enough good news about the real economy, the cyclicality of the shipments are losing momentum (i.e. each seasonal rebound in the last three years has been weaker - just as we saw in the lead up to 2008) and freight expenditures fell in January leading to a 1.6% drop over the last year - compared to a 27.2% rise in January 2011, and 22.2% rise in January 2012. As Cass noted, these volumes will not be enough to "have a significant impact on the unemployment numbers."

Cass Shipments (upper pane) are back at two-year lows but critically the momentum of each seasonal cycle (lower pane) has been weaker and weaker in recent years...

 

and Freight expenditure is now negative YoY for first time in three years...

 

Charts: Bloomberg

 


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Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:07 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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THOSE FLYING SAUCERES ARE TAKING OUT SHIPPING JOBS!!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:14 | Link to Comment Dan The Man
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Must be union

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:19 | Link to Comment Manthong
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None of these fundamentals matter at all to the movement of “capital” and paper pricing of assets in the new normal where all things are paper priced and fractionalized according to the “policy” of politics and bank agendas..

until they all matter a lot and all at once.  

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:22 | Link to Comment bolen
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QE5 coming.

Bullish 

news!

 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:37 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Very bullish, in fact.

People are obviously spending massive amounts of fiat to build what they want & need via the expensive, advanced 3D Printing method within the confines of their homes and small businesses.

This is good for the economy, good for the environment, and the dawning of a new manufacturing Renaissance.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:43 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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Printed out a 3D roast beef the other day.  It was tasty but I had to use a lot of gravy cause it was a bit dry.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:09 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Roast beef? You've been "horsin' around" again.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:47 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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THE SHIT JUST GOT REAL!!!

I bet you'll even be able to make gold coins with them if they find something to meld gold wire...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 14:06 | Link to Comment Doomer
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Remember, Greedspan said the market is the economy!

/sarc

I'm afraid if the S&P closes above 1525 today, there will be much more pain for shorts.  By my reckoning, the current upper channel line seems to be right around 1525, and it seems someone wants the S&P to break out instead of head for the bottom of the channel.

Of course, max pain theory says a false breakout and then lower.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 13:38 | Link to Comment johngoes
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Swap enough derivatives and the freight volume just becomes noise in the GDP.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:17 | Link to Comment Lohn Jocke
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THEY TOOK OUR JOERBS!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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THU TUUK U JUUUBBBSSS!!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:09 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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It's called VACUUM PAKCAGING!!!

It's sucks out the air and you can put in twice as much.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:10 | Link to Comment tarsubil
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I'm thinking the quality of products has gone up so there are fewer returns to Amazon. This is actually bullish.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:31 | Link to Comment graneros
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You sir could have a brilliant career at the BLS.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:14 | Link to Comment Cult_of_Reason
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Similar to 2007 Head and Shoulders chart pattern.

http://i50.tinypic.com/fywrq.jpg

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:10 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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If there is any datapoint that shows China's exports (and therefore, economy) is slipping....this is it.

WMT will sweat a bit more this morning.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:22 | Link to Comment lunaticfringe
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When Chinamart, I mean Walmart said that their revenues for Feb were horrible and falling off the cliff, I knew this was good for at least a 50 point DJIA rise. This news probably good for a like amount.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:58 | Link to Comment lunaticfringe
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DJIA now up 53. Call me Nostra fucking damus. Just add POMO.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:31 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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Not just Walmart, but now even Whole Foods...

Man, these FOOLS don't know...the shit is gettin' REAL...

*I've been on edge ever since they took kombucha off the shelf.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:47 | Link to Comment TuesdayBen
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You are Nostra fucking damus

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:48 | Link to Comment DonutBoy
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Yes - DSXO (Discretionary Spending eXcluding Obama) is falling fast.  I don't understand, is it because my taxes just went up, my health insurance premium just went up, or my gasoline is costing me $4.70 a gallon?  Thank God there's no inflation or I'd be in the hurt locker.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:13 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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Baltic Dry Index is back at historic lows. 

 

Guess that means recession is over.  Prosperity for everyone.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:33 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Well, it's because oil is as cheap as piss and that's whats pressing the costs? No?....

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:13 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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When goods and services stop crossing borders, troops will.  Same as it ever was...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:20 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Mrs. Cog and I are readying for war. We will know it is right around the corner when the nationalistic cheering is the loudest.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:30 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Indeed.  Compared to 1907, China=Germany and U.S.=France.   As a former AMEDD officer, it hurts to have to say this about the new military model, but here we are.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:15 | Link to Comment TooBearish
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Frieght volume clearly shifting to EFTs so net effect is bullish....sarc off now....

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:17 | Link to Comment lunaticfringe
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This is exceedingly bullish news! Futures are up! Go long everything!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:17 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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The various black holes are slowly being drawn into the singularity.

<What's that sucking sound I hear?>

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:24 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Possibly the last thing you will probably hear.

Long :Global thermonuclear War.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:19 | Link to Comment youngman
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Noone ships anything anymore..we just send Bit money...electronic fiat...we don´t make things anymore...we have invented synthetic Derivitives...much better and eco friendly....

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:19 | Link to Comment Tsar Pointless
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Yes, but did you see Kate Middleton's baby bump?

And that "Blade Runner" guy. What a terrible thing.

Oh, and the Lakers. What of the Lakers?

Priorities, bitchez.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:56 | Link to Comment GeezerGeek
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I always get a kick out of the term 'baby bump'. Why isn't it a 'fetus bump'? I asked a pro-abortion activist that question one time and she showed me her IQ by raising a single finger. I thanked her for informing me of her IQ and she turned purple. If only there had been a 'purple people' eater around... 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 14:59 | Link to Comment Doomer
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Didn't you know that, like quantum particles, unborn humans are effected by the mere act of observation, as well as the state of the observer.

If the observer wants the unborn human, it is a cute, cuddly miraculous "baby".

If the observer does not want the unborn human, it is a yucky, slimy, parasitic "fetus".

Duh!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:09 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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I certainly hope the freight decline doesn't effect the Kardashians

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:21 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Currency wars then real wars. Like the history of the last century.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:23 | Link to Comment firstdivision
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meh, show me the data after June, otherwise this is the typical cyclical movement.  

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:41 | Link to Comment Mike in GA
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yeah, typical for depressions

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:24 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Hope and Change.  This should be good enough for a 200 point rally in the Dow.  Still railroad robber baron Warner Beuffer still loves Obummer.   Crony facism.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:21 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Elections DO have consequences.  You have to play the cards you are dealt.  If economic repression is what we get, play their game (or not: by buying gold).  

But be ready to bail...  The guys at the top are not our friends.

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 09:26 | Link to Comment SilverDOG
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US elections are a simple continuum.

Consequences preordained.

And no, one does not "have to play cards you are dealt."

 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:29 | Link to Comment Kaiser Sousa
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and................................................

"WELCOME TO THE RECOVERY...."

Sincerely,

Timmy 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:34 | Link to Comment falak pema
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this is mind boggling, as the Squid says the world is on the verge of an epic surge; all markets on green.

how come the shipment stats dont say this? 

Has the squid lost his global compass and commercial bible?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Hulk
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That info is for their clients. They trade the other side, remember ???

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:41 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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When you run out of 'natural' greater fools just whip up the next batch.

<OK so that's two parts greed, one part hubris, an eye of Newt Gringrich........>

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:46 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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They will be graduating from high schools and colleges in May.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:05 | Link to Comment falak pema
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imagine Harvard runs a course on leadership skills; I know where all those bright eyed MBAs end up : as GS shills selling the pot of gold at end of rainbow; all the while they take your fees and their contrarian put plays to the bank! 

Having said that, to get to the top of that infamous heap, you must have a nose that can stand any type of stench, for ten + years doing all the dirty leg work; Abacus and Abacus squared, seeing your clients burn their dreams. 

Bllankfein's smile says it all if you can get past that landmark pyramid of shitpile, branded as potential 33 degree squid meister of banksta world.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:35 | Link to Comment ramacers
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the "feel" out there in stores, on the roads,  etc. is palpable and it ain't a good one.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:48 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Purely my personal observation, but a trip through various parts of normally busy Northern Virginia mid day Sunday was surprising for its reduced vehicle traffic and only half full mall and shopping center parking lots. 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:39 | Link to Comment Cursive
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Dismal forward outlook from UPS and FedEx support this data.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:43 | Link to Comment digalert
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Damn, I'm amazed how the markets continue to hover just inside the green, It's like magic...day after day...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:54 | Link to Comment lunaticfringe
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week after week, month after month, year after year.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:16 | Link to Comment lead salad
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It is magic....magic fairy dust appearing out of nowhere and the Bernanke spreading it around.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:45 | Link to Comment q99x2
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The boxcar doors are open boys. Time to get back East.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:45 | Link to Comment natronic
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Don't worry frieght shipments will go up when the keystone pipleline is nixed again so buffets trains can get the contract to ship the oil.  

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:54 | Link to Comment Mutatto
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Stepping back a bit, looks like frieght is just about at the 1994 level!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:00 | Link to Comment GeezerGeek
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1994 was a pretty good time to get into the stock market. And now?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:55 | Link to Comment MFLTucson
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This is why the stock market is up today.  Couldnt understand what was going on but, now this makes perfect sense!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:02 | Link to Comment pauhana
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I smell slowly boiling frogs . . . .

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 23:07 | Link to Comment Papasmurf
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There's nothing like the smell of freshly baked muppets in the morning.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:05 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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I'm in this business and can tell you we are down over 40% from last year Jan/Feb. The slowdown started to show up in Oct and Nov and Dec were down y/y by about 20%. We keep hoping next month will see a pickup. I'm using my meager profits to buy shiny metal things

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:05 | Link to Comment agNau
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If it fits, it ships!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:28 | Link to Comment NEOSERF
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Check out Baltic Dry Index too...738...yikes..

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:32 | Link to Comment andyupnorth
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This will get real interesting when we dip down to the 2002 level and then 2008 level.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:35 | Link to Comment OutLookingIn
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The BDI is still one sick puppy! And getting sicker.

Has never made it back, near to its 200 DMA let alone touching it, since the crash.

Rail car loadings have fallen off a cliff!

 And can someone tell me what has happened to the Ceridean/UCLA Index? Last published May 2012.

I guess something or someone, doesn't want the public to know just how sick the transport sector is.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:18 | Link to Comment ATG
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TRAN so sick in fact it is at all time highs, targeting another +37%:

http://stockcharts.com/freecharts/gallery.html?s=%24tran

/sarc off...

BDI in a world of hurt, target -61%:

http://stockcharts.com/freecharts/gallery.html?s=%24bdi

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:36 | Link to Comment Catullus
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I'd like to see the ex-coal shipments. The coal market is being decimated from low natural gas prices.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:44 | Link to Comment Pairadimes
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Getting the garden in now.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 14:20 | Link to Comment Winston of Oceania
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Adding 40% to mine this year...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:09 | Link to Comment ATG
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Intermodal rail containers and trailers up +5.7% YTD:

http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/rail_and_intermodal_volumes_are_mix...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:47 | Link to Comment OutLookingIn
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Intermodal (piggyback) proves shippers are using rail more, rather then road transport which is more expensive. This is where the Ceridian/UCLA Index came in handy, measuring diesel usage by the trucking sector. The Index stopped publishing data as of May last year! Sure would like to see where the index sits today!

Rail coal shipments (tonnage) have fallen off a cliff.  

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