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April 11, 2013

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index For February Continues Upward Trend

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February reflected an increasingly improving outlook for trucking with another month-over-month increase of 2+ points to a reading of 12.9.

April 4, 2013

March Class 8 Orders Not as Weak as First Glance May Appear

Preliminary numbers for March show Class 8 truck orders dropped slightly from February, but analysts are not concerned by when they see as a temporary dip.

March 20, 2013

Transport Conditions Worsen for Shippers, Improving Rate Prospects for Truckers

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for January slipped an additional two points since the previous report, falling to a negative 7.1, reflecting deteriorating conditions for shippers in the early months of 2013. Translated, it means that motor carriers and other transportation providers have more clout to obtain rate increases.

March 15, 2013

Trucking Conditions Index Jumps in January

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for January as reported in the March 2013 Trucking Update jumped 2.2 points from the previous month to a new reading of 10.6.

February 14, 2013

FTR: Tight Truck Transportation Capacity in December

FTR Associates’ Shippers Conditions Index for December came in with a reading of -4.9 reflecting tightening capacity, which is expected to get significantly worse by mid-2013.

February 7, 2013

FTR Trucking Conditions Index Remains at Normal Recovery Level

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for December came in with a reading of 8.38, which the transportation forecasting group says is reflective of the current good environment for truckers.

January 21, 2013

FTR's Shippers Conditions Index Begins Expected Decline

FTR Associates Shippers Conditions Index for November fell marginally from October to a reading of -5.3, the precursor to what is expected to be a more challenging environment for shippers -- meaning more leverage for truckers -- in 2013

January 9, 2013

Trucking Conditions Index Continues to Rise into Strong Positive Territory

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for November rose almost two full points to a reading of 9.7. The gain was expected by FTR as conditions impacting trucking will continue to improve in anticipation of a tightened market in 2013

January 4, 2013

Class 8 Orders for December Slightly Higher than November

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing December Class 8 truck net orders at 20,836 units, just 6% higher than November. This is a 30% drop from the same month a year ago. While orders were low historically for December, those received in the last three months of 2012 were well above the prior six months. Preliminary order numbers are for all major North American OEMs

December 19, 2012

Shippers Conditions Index Improves, But Only Temporarily

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for October improved month-over-month by nearly two points to a reading of -5.0, but FTR analysts predict the pendulum will soon swing back toward the carriers' side of the equation

December 12, 2012

Trucking Conditions Index Begins Expected Climb

FTR Associates' Trucking Conditions Index started to rise significantly in September as expected. It recorded a 65% increase over the August index numbers to a level of 9.6, before giving back some of that gain in October, easing to a reading of 7.9

December 5, 2012

November Truck Orders Slow

November truck orders dropped from October's unexpectedly high level, and are expected to be around 20,000 units for Class 8 when final numbers come in

November 19, 2012

Shippers Conditions Index for September Same as August

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for September basically remained unchanged from August with a reading of 6.9, indicating stable but slightly tight truck capacity

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