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Old Dominion (ODFL) Up 3.6% on Upbeat Q4 LTL Segment Update

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Old Dominion Freight Line ODFL has issued an update on the performance of its less-than-truckload (LTL) segment (generating major share of revenues) so far in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The company’s LTL tons per day increased 3.1% year over year in November, primarily owing to a 7% rise in LTL shipments per day. However, performance is said to be dampened partly due to a 3.6% decline in LTL weight per shipment. Meanwhile, LTL revenue per hundredweight rose 13.5% year over year so far this quarter.

Following this bullish fourth-quarter picture, shares of the company climbed 3.6% at the close of business on Dec 6.

Old Dominion has been benefiting from LTL segment’s (accounting for bulk of the company’s top line) solid performance. Evidently, during the third quarter of 2018, the company’s revenues improved 21.2% owing to a respective 8.1% and 12.5% rise in LTL tons and LTL revenue per hundredweight. The abovementioned performance highlights clearly show the uptrend is continuing and most likely to boost fourth-quarter results.

Notably, shares of the company have gained 2.9% in a year against the industry’s 11.4% decline.



Zacks Rank & Other Key Picks

Old Dominion carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Some other top-ranked stocks in the broader Transportation sector are ArcBest Corporation ARCB, International Consolidated Airlines Group SA ICAGY and CSX Corporation CSX, each flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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