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ArcBest update shows lower revenue, softer demand in early 2023 | Talk Business & Politics

Mar 6, 2023

A Monday (March 6) ArcBest update suggests that pricing benefits for shipping and logistics companies from the global supply chain pressure that emerged during COVID-19 shutdowns and other disruptions in 2020 and into 2021 have diminished.

Jack Atkins, an analyst with Little Rock-based Stephens Inc., and associate analyst Grant Smith said the declines in pricing and revenue are not unexpected, and they maintain an overweight rating on ArcBest shares (NASDAQ: ARCB).

“ARCB’s yield growth continued to decelerate month-over-month in February as dynamically priced freight becomes a larger piece of the overall freight mix with the Company pursuing transactional LTL volumes to keep its network balanced. … (W)e continue to believe the market is undervaluing ARCB’s highly strategic LTL assets. We reiterate our Overweight rating,” Atkins wrote in a note issued Monday after the ArcBest update.

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