Employment Levels (EMP)

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What is it? The employment levels are monthly employment data based on surveys conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that provides employment levels in the various economic sectors. The numbers represent an estimation of actual employed individuals in the sector in thousands. They are divided into seasonally (EMPS) and non-seasonally (EMPN) adjusted figures. Who is interested? Transportation industry … Read More

Types of Watchlists

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A Watchlist is a way to display data. You can select from the following types of watchlists Standard Watchlist Standard Watchlist – displays selected in terms of daily movement. Heat Map List Heat Map List – a color coded list that is shaded based on movements from the previous day. Green denotes a positive change. Red denotes a negative change. … Read More

Creating a Symbol List

FreightWaves Customer SuccessWatchlists

Creating a Symbol List is an easy way to track the data that’s most relevant to your role. Each individual user can create their own lists to help them easily access areas of SONAR that help track and trace the information they need. Every data set available in SONAR can be added to a Symbol List. To build your own … Read More

What is SONAR?

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Welcome to a growing community of shippers, carriers, brokers, educational institutions, and financial organizations taking advantage of the most comprehensive, near time freight market data in history. With SONAR, you can know what’s happening in transportation as it’s happening, which means you can get ahead and get things done. Users have advanced insights into freight market trends, allowing them to … Read More

User Profiles

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Maintaining a User Profile will help users within your organization as well as FreightWaves Customer Success representatives better serve you. Knowing who you are and in what area of the freight world you reside is an important element in making sure you receive the most relevant support and guidance to navigating freight markets. Editing Your Profile Click on your name … Read More


FreightWaves Customer SuccessIndex Qualifiers

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) production regions. The available qualifiers are: Granularity Description GULF USA Off-Shore – Gulf of Mexico L48 Contiguous United States MX Mexico USEC United States, East Coast USMC United States, Mid Central USMW United States, Midwest USRM United States, Rocky Mountain USSW United States, Southwest USWC United States, West Coast Not a SONAR customer but … Read More

The Dashboard and National Pages

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The Dashboard When logging in each day, the first page that users will see is the Dashboard. Think of the Dashboard as the Home Page. Updated by FreightWaves staff, this default page will highlight some of the most relevant data on any given day and will be regularly updated as needed. The Dashboard below contains a Scrolling Ticker, Chart and … Read More

PADD Regions

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The Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts (PADDs) are geographic aggregations of the 50 States and the District of Columbia into five districts: Granularity Description PADD1 Total PADD1 Region PADD1a New England PADD1b Central Atlantic PADD1c Lower Atlantic PADD2 Midwest PADD3 Gulf Coast PADD4 Rocky Mountain PADD5 Total PADD5 Region, including California PADD5a West Coast Except CA PADD5b California The PADDs … Read More

Navigating the Chart

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Charts tell users the direction that markets are trending and provide context to these movements. Each data set is different and has a different story to tell. By understanding how each of these data sets relate to each other, users will become experts in forecasting and getting ahead of pricing swings. Here is a quick overview of charts and how … Read More

Managing Your Users

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As an organization administrator, you have the ability to update the user information for each of your team members. You can change who within your organization is given access anytime you want. Editing User Information In the bottom left corner, click on Admin Click on Users Find the team member you would like to edit and click View/Edit After making … Read More

Manage Symbol Lists

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Users can customize any number of Symbol Lists to store the data that’s most relevant to their individual needs. For example, one symbol list may contain the OTRI on lanes from a preffered market and another might contain a variety of agriculture data, while another one might look at a variety of macro-economic indexes. These lists can then be used … Read More

InGauge Classifiers

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The qualifiers for the TCA InGauge product are: Granularity Description BR Brokerage Division CF Company Fleet CFOO Company Fleet and Leased Fleet CNS Consolidated FBR Brokerage Division – Flatbed FCF Company Fleet – Flatbed FCFOO Company Fleet and Leased Fleet – Flatbed FCNS Consolidated – Flatbed FOO Leased Fleet – Flatbed OO Leased Fleet RBR Brokerage Division – Reefer RCF … Read More


FreightWaves Customer SuccessIndex Qualifiers

Granularity Description AERO Aerospace and Miscellaneous Transportation Equipment AIR Air Transportation ALL All Items BLDG Building Materials, Garden Equipment, and Supply CCAS Clothing and Clothing Accesory Stores CHEM Chemical COAL Petroleum and Coal COMM Commercial COMP Computer and Electronic Product CONS Construction COUR Courier and Messenger Transportation DEPT Department DG Durable Goods DGXD Durable Goods excluding Defense DGXT Durable Goods … Read More

Geographic Lanes

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Lanes are pairs of origins and destinations, describing the route that the freight takes. There are 3 types of lane used in SONAR, each described below Air Cargo Lane Air cargo lanes are represented as a pair of 3-character codes. The available qualifiers are: Granularity Description FRANOA Frankfurt Airport to North America FRASEA Frankfurt Airport to South East Asia HKGEUR … Read More

Geographic Areas

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The geographic qualifiers are shown in the table below. They are generally sequenced largest to smallest, Global regions as the largest geography down to 3-digit ZIP code areas. Click on the name of each area to see a detailed list of allowable values. Granularity Description Regional Country Groupings Major global regions. National A nationwide data series. Regions USA Regions Canadian … Read More

Editing News Topics

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SONAR offers an RSS news feed from a variety of sources. Users can select between 1 and 8 different categories of news to generate on their page. Select the “News” widget for your page Check the boxes of the categories that you want to see *Note that selecting 0 categories will generate the same feed as selecting all of the … Read More

Economic (ISM Index)

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Metric Provided by the Institute of Supply Management. The available qualifiers are: Granularity Description INVC Inventory Costs INVL Inventory Levels MCIN Manufacturing Customers’ Inventory Index MDEL Manufacturing Supplier Deliveries Index MEMP Manufacturing Employment Index MEXP Manufacturing New Export Orders Index MIMP Manufacturing Imports Index MINV Manufacturing Inventories Index MLOG Manufacturing Backlog of Orders Index MNEW Manufacturing New Orders Index MPRI … Read More

Draw Function

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These tools are used to highlight certain events and measure changes in the charts. For example, suppose you want to explain a drastic market movement by pointing out that it was leading up to the 4th of July. You could use the Callout function under the drop-down menu. Click on the pencil in the top right corner of the chart. … Read More

Comparing Charts

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A useful function of the Charts is the compare function. Users can view multiple indices over any given time period. Underneath the title of the graph, click the Compare button. Enter the desired symbol into the box. If desired, edit the color by clicking on the color box to the right of the box. Change the display if desired by … Read More

Building a Watchlist

FreightWaves Customer SuccessWatchlists

You can customize a watchlist with the data that is more relevant to you. To build a watchlist: Click the + at the top right hand of your screen to add a chart Select the watchlist you prefer from the drop down Create a name for your list (Ex. Tender Rejects – Southeast) Click Manage Symbols Select your desired symbol … Read More