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ACT: Freight-Generating Sectors of Economy Starting to Mend

ACT Research reported that freight-generating sectors of the U.S. economy are on the cusp of transitioning from contraction to growth, aligning with freight cycles of the past, which typically last around two years. read more

Used Truck Sales Close 2019 Down 15%, Despite December Rally

Used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes improved 7% month-over-month in December, but longer-term sales were down 3% year-over-year and full-year 2019 sales declined 15% compared to 2018. read more

ACT: Truckload Contract Rates Down, LTL Revenue Growth Dropped in Q3/19

Truckload contract rates turned negative in Q3/19, down 2% year-over-year, and loaded miles per tractor fell 5% in the same time period. read more

ACT For-Hire Trucking Index: Rates Slip Amid Strong Holiday Freight

The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed improvement in for-hire freight volumes and utilization, with 55.5 and 52.3 respective diffusion index readings, both up four points from November. read more

ACT: 2019 U.S. Trailer Net Orders Down 51% Y/Y

New U.S. trailer orders of 18,400 were down 13% month over month in December, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 17,700 dropped 11%. read more

Recession Depends on Definition: U.S. Economy Poised for 1.8% Expansion

ACT Research projected that the U.S. economy is poised to expand by 1.8% in 2020. read more

ACT Achieves 98% Accuracy Truckload Spot Rate Forecasting in 2019

ACT Research’s truckload spot rate forecasts achieved 98% accuracy on average in 2019. read more

December Trailer Net Orders Full-Year 2019 Less than Half 2018 Volume

Trailer manufacturers booked just under 205,000 net trailer orders in 2019, this 51% year-over-year decline represents the lowest volume recorded since 2011. read more

ACT: Used Class 8 Volumes and Prices Rise M/M, Drop 14% YTD

ACT Research reported preliminary used Class 8 volumes increased 8% month-over-month in December 2019, but volumes dropped 3% compared to December of 2018. Year-to-date preliminary volumes dropped 14%. read more

Preliminary Class 8 Orders Up 14%M/M in December

Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in December 2019 were 20,000 units, up 14% from November and down just 6.5% from year-ago December. read more

Demand, Supply & Timing Drive Weak Commercial Vehicle Forecast

ACT Research noted that three factors are at work in the weak outlook for heavy commercial vehicles in the coming two years: demand, supply and timing. read more

ACT: Tough Times Coming in 2020 for Class 8 Market

According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, carrier profitability and by extension Class 8 demand are heading toward tougher business conditions in 2020. read more

ACT: Used Truck Sales, Down 16% YTD, Return to Trend

After an anomalous sequential gain in October, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes returned to trend in November, falling 35% month over month, according to ACT Research. read more

ACT For-Hire Trucking Index: Utilization Shifts into Reverse in November

ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with November data, showed relatively neutral readings on for-hire freight volumes and rates and a slight contraction in for-hire capacity. read more

ACT: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Dropped 56% Y/Y

New U.S. trailer were down 43% month-over-month in November and dropped 38% after hitting their fourth consecutive sequential rise in October. read more

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