Avondale: Trucking set for solid growth in H1 of '14

The economy continues to slowly, gradually gather strength and recent manufacturing sector surveys show new orders climbing to their highest level since early 2011. That — and a nice turnaround in the number of loads on U.S. roads — has made Avondale Partners analyst Donald Broughton confident enough to raise his truck tonnage growth forecast for the first half of 2014 to more than 5 percent — albeit with the caveat "that tonnage continues to overstate the overall strength of the economy." Still, a chart such as this is encouraging.