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July’s Trucking Conditions Index Shows Some Improvement

September 12, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
July’s Trucking Conditions Index Shows Some Improvement

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for July received a bounce to a reading of 5.99, reflecting improved market prospects due to moderate economic growth and a regulatory agenda that will tighten capacity utilization. Building regulatory drag over the next 18 months should increase pricing and margins for fleets that have [...]

Trucking Industry Forecasters Examine Spot, Contract Pricing

September 1, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Trucking Industry Forecasters Examine Spot, Contract Pricing

As FTR and Truckstop.com continue their analysis of spot market pricing, their research has unearthed a steady stream of new insights about truck pricing. Here are three quick observations from Noel Perry, transportation economist at FTR, which are now much clearer because of big data. One: Spot prices have been [...]

June’s Shippers Conditions Index in Near-Neutral Territory

August 29, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
June’s Shippers Conditions Index in Near-Neutral Territory

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for June — at a near-neutral reading of minus-0.7 — reflects slow freight growth typical of late recovery status and a lull in the new capacity-constraining regulations that are not yet in effect. Even though the SCI is only modestly positive at the moment, it [...]

FTR Shows July’s Trailer Net Orders Way Below Expectations

August 19, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
FTR Shows July’s Trailer Net Orders Way Below Expectations

Trucking industry analysts at FTR report final July trailer orders below expectations at 9,500 units, which is 20 percent lower than June’s figures and 55 percent lower than a year ago. Dry van orders were particularly weak, with other trailer segments experiencing noticeable order declines as well. Orders have totaled [...]

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for June Termed ‘Not Great, But OK’

August 10, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for June Termed ‘Not Great, But OK’

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for June — coming in at a reading of 2.92 — continues in a low trough from the previous month due to slow freight and a lull in new regulations. Even with negatives affecting the trucking sector, the reading remains above zero, which is the [...]

High Cancellations Weaken July’s Class 8 Truck Orders

August 5, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
High Cancellations Impact Weak July Class 8 Truck Orders

Bloomington, Ind.-based FTR has released preliminary Class 8 tractor net orders for July, showing 10,400 units — 56 percent below a year ago and the weakest month since February 2010. Several significant order cancellations resulted in net orders falling 19 percent below June and being below expectations. Individual OEM performance [...]

FTR’s State of Freight Webinar Scheduled for 11 a.m. on Aug. 11

August 3, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News

FTR’s expertise is rooted in our disciplined reliance on the underlying economic fundamentals. Yet how are these economic fundamentals derived? FTR’s Freight-cast transportation model is a unique — and complicated — model that gives you the best view of the total domestic freight transportation market available. Understanding this critical forecast [...]

FTR: AT 11,900 Units, June’s Trailer Orders Dip 10% from May

July 22, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
FTR: AT 11,900 Units, June’s Trailer Orders Dip 10% from May

Net U.S. trailer orders for June — at 11,900 units — were down 10 percent month over month and 56 percent year over year, and the weakest June since 2009, according to analysts at FTR. Orders were below expectations due to elevated dry van cancellations. Orders have totaled 271,000 units [...]

Slipping Shippers Conditions Index for May Reflects Spot Rate Hikes

July 21, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Slipping Shippers Conditions Index for May Reflects Spot Rate Hikes

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) fell back into negative territory in May to a reading of -2.8, following five months of positive readings for shippers. Market signals remain very mixed with some seasonal increase in spot freight rates negatively affecting the SCI. Overall, the index should remain close to neutral [...]

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for May at Lowest Level Since 2011

July 15, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for May at Lowest Level Since 2011

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for May fell to its lowest level since 2011 at a reading of 1.69 — nearly five points lower than the previous month. Negatively affecting truckers are lower freight rates and capacity utilization that has dropped below 95 percent. Looking forward, trucking companies could benefit [...]