Analyst estimates are for a loss of ($3.00) to ($9.07). There was a rate increase of 6.9% that was in effect for the entire quarter on the plus side however truckingboards.com has reported layoffs in November and then again in December. Some of the December layoffs have been recalled. I would think that the loss per share would be closer to the ($3.00) number.
I don't think the rate increase is going to have that much of an impact. Two reasons: 1st a significant amount of YRC's tonnage comes from large national accounts on both the manufacturing and retailing sides. That business is typically under contract thus the rate increase would have no effect on that tonnage. 2nd, while pricing on the truckload side firmed up in the 3rd and 4th quarters due to some minor capacity issues, LTL pricing remains extremely competitive and a number of carriers have had a hard time holding the increase.