Wells Fargo Equipment Finance publishes quarterly newsletters for executives in the construction and transportation industries.
Construction Quarterly features construction industry news highlights, a stock index, economic indicators, and industry survey results.
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.
Q3-2013 Construction Quarterly (PDF*) Contractors and heavy equipment distributors report stronger construction activity and an intent to increase hiring over the next six months, signaling an improved outlook for the U.S. construction industry. Read the full Q3-2013 Construction Executive Survey.
Q2-2013 Construction Quarterly (PDF*) Executives at Wells Fargo Equipment Finance don’t expect a rapid boost or significant drop in overall construction industry opportunity, but growth in the energy and housing sectors bode well for the industry this year and into next.
2013 Construction Industry Forecast (PDF*) Construction contractors and equipment distributors are optimistic that local non-residential construction activity will improve in 2013 compared to 2012. The survey’s primary benchmark for measuring construction industry sentiment, the Optimism Quotient, is at 106 for 2013, the second consecutive year with an optimistic reading.
Trucking Quarterly features trucking industry news, transportation industry news, and economic trends that affect for-hire and private carriers.
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?
Q3-2013 Trucking Quarterly (PDF*) Replacement purchases are driving growth for the trucking industry while orders of class 8 trucks slightly stalled over the summer as the economy slowly moves forward.
Q2-2013 Trucking Quarterly (PDF*) Demand indicators have shown some momentum in the transportation industry, although still below 2012 levels. Increased housing-related shipments should help bolster the environment. There are reasons for optimism and our analysts believe carriers will likely continue to invest in their fleets even if capacity expansion remains somewhat muted.
Q1-2013 Trucking Quarterly (PDF*) The overall economic landscape in which the transportation industry will operate this year does not appear to be dramatically different than the experience of the past couple of years. That said, certain sectors of the economy, notably housing, have the potential to surprise to the upside.
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