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Freight Forecast: Spot Rate Spike is Here, Contract Rate Increases Following Soon

Freight Forecast: Spot Rate Spike is Here, Contract Rate Increases Following Soon ACT Research released the August installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report. This monthly 56-page ACT Freight Forecast report provides three-year forecasts for volumes and contract rates for the truckload, less-than-truckload and intermodal sectors of the transportation industry. […]

ACT Research: Preliminary Data Show Orders for NA Classes 5-8 Vehicles at Six-Month High

ACT Research: Preliminary Data Show Orders for NA Classes 5-8 Vehicles at Six-Month High Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in July were 20,300 units, rising 27% from June, and up 98% from a very easy year-ago comparison. The NA Classes 5-7 market saw orders slip to 16,700 units, down 6% month-over-month and 3% below […]

ACT Research: June Used Truck Metrics Show Volumes Up YTD, but Average Price, Miles and Age Down Compared to 1H’19

ACT Research: June Used Truck Metrics Show Volumes Up YTD, but Average Price, Miles and Age Down Compared to 1H’19 According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes were up 6% year-to-date against the first half […]

ACT Research: Economy and CV Markets Recovering, but Path Forward Will Be Choppy

ACT Research: Economy and CV Markets Recovering, but Path Forward Will Be Choppy In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that the impact of more people and politicians taking the threat of the virus more seriously is a choppy economic path forward.

New COVID Cases Threaten Economic and Commercial Vehicle Recovery

New COVID Cases Threaten Economic and Commercial Vehicle Recovery According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the tug of war between positive and negative influences on the business environment and trucking reached a pivotal juncture at the end of June, but escalation in new COVID cases since mid-June threatens to abort this nascent recovery.

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Rebounds Continued in June, Following April’s “Worst Readings” In History

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Rebounds Continued in June, Following April’s “Worst Readings” In History The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with June data, showed continued and significant improvement in the diffusion index measures tracked. June’s Volume Index rose to 70.4 in June, from 19.3 in April and 50.2 in May, with pricing […]

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Post Another Significant Sequential Improvement in June, Dramatic Uptick Y/Y

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Post Another Significant Sequential Improvement in June, Dramatic Uptick Y/Y June net US trailer orders of 13,441 units were a significant improvement (333%) from May’s very low comparison, arriving dramatically above June 2019’s level, up 112%. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 16k units were up 117% versus […]

ACT Research: Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Contracted 22% YTD 2020 through May

ACT Research: Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Contracted 22% YTD 2020 through May US and Canadian Class 8 Natural Gas truck retail sales for the first five months of 2020 dropped 22% year-to-date over 2019, as published in the quarterly report (AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly) just released by ACT Research.