Wells Fargo Equipment Finance publishes quarterly newsletters for executives in the construction and transportation industries.
Construction Quarterly features insightful commentary, industry news highlights, a stock index, economic indicators, and periodic survey results.
Q4-2014 Construction Quarterly (PDF)* As 2014 draws to a close, we have witnessed another year of modest but somewhat uneven growth in the construction industry. A series of positive indicators are pointing to 2015 being another year of slowly improving construction activity.
Q3-2014 Construction Quarterly (PDF)* The Second-Half 2014 Construction Executive Survey shows continued improvement in the U.S. construction industry. Contractors and equipment distributors report stronger activity than a year ago and positive feedback on Tier IV equipment performance. The trend toward greater equipment rental continues even with rental rates on the rise.
Q2-2014 Construction Quarterly (PDF)* Construction spending and other indicators have been on the rise, despite a sour Q1 reading on GDP. Read about the interest rate environment and what your company may want to do about it.
2014 Construction Industry Forecast (PDF)* Construction industry executives across the U.S. express strong optimism that local construction activity will increase in 2014 compared to a year ago. Based on the responses of 522 executives, the survey's Optimism Quotient reached an all-time high of 124. Respondents were equally confident about improvement in residential and non-residential construction.
Q4-2013 Construction Quarterly (PDF)* Year-over-year residential building continues to lead the way with strong growth while private non-residential construction has been modest. Read what factors are contributing to this trend.
Trucking Quarterly features insightful commentary, industry news, and economic trends that affect for-hire and private carriers.
Q4-2014 Trucking Quarterly With positive movement in many indicators of the trucking industry — including freight, fuel, and orders — confidence about prospects for the transportation industry in 2015 remains high.
Q3-2014 Trucking Quarterly Growing confidence in the economy and increased freight demand contributed to a 70% surge in Class 8 truck orders and 36.7% increase in trailer orders.
Q2-2014 Trucking Quarterly (PDF)* Inclement weather in the first quarter caused a decline in consumer spending and a drop in housing starts, but with Class 8 backlogs increasing for the ninth straight month, the trucking industry ended the first quarter on a high note.
Q1-2014 Trucking Quarterly (PDF)* Trucking industry executives anticipate continued economic growth, increased freight tonnage, and renewed demand for equipment replacement in 2014.
Q4-2013 Trucking Quarterly (PDF)* As freight tonnage continues to rise and the U.S. economy steadily recovers, the need to replace aging fleets has spurred a recent increase in Class 8 truck orders. Could this continue into 2014?