General outlook in this article is freight rates are stable, economy is going to grow slower than expected (what else is new.. people's appetites are always bigger than they can consume), and low inventory levels are here to stay. The article also says ocean freight lines are looking to increase rates. My belief is with all the new capacity coming on that will be unlikely. They still discuss "driver wages" however I have not seen one carrier who is increasing driver wages so it is hard to claim costs are going up when the carriers apparently refuse to raise that particular cost.
While I agree fuel prices are going up that is not a hard prediction to make. Summary:
1) Rates relatively flat
2) Inventories stay low (don't bet on a massive restocking)
3) Driver wages remain stagnant - carriers appear to support lowering capacity versus refilling at higher cost
4) Fuel prices continue their macro trend up.
That is it for now!