Economic Recovery, Higher Productivity & Improved Margins - Research Report on J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Swift Transportation, Con-Way, Old Dominion and Werner Enterprises

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NEW YORK,  March 15, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting J.B. Hunt
Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT), Swift Transportation Co (NYSE: SWFT),
Con-way Inc (NYSE: CNW), Old Dominion Freight Line (NASDAQ: ODFL) and Werner
Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: WERN). Today's readers may access these reports free
of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings
- via the links below.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Research Report

J.B. Hunt  jumped 6 percent in recent trading, showing investor confidence on
the mending economy. According to a report from Deutsche Bank analyst  Justin
Yagerman, trucking fleets will order 250,000 18 wheeler trucks in 2013, 9
percent more than 2012, highlighting potential growth for the sector. Aside from
this, because of J.B. Hunt Transport's focus on intermodal growth, many are
asserting that the company is well-positioned to take advantage of the economic
recovery. Intermodals involve transportation of freight using multiple modes of
transportation in order to reduce costs. Seeing the company's fair prospects, 
J.B. Hunt  was upgraded to Outperform by Avondale Partners. The firm also
significantly raised its price target on the shares of  J.B. Hunt  from 60 to
80. The Full Research Report on J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. - including
full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:


Swift Transportation Co Research Report

Swift Transportation is also one of the companies using intermodals to fuel its
growth. The company added 2,500 intermodal containers to its fleet last year,
helping the company grow intermodal revenue by 40 percent. Earlier this year,
Moody's Investor Service upgraded Swift Transportation's corporate family rating
to B1 from B2. Furthermore, the company's senior secured first lien bank credit
facility raised two notches to Ba2 from B1. Moody's notes the company's progress
in margin growth, cash flow generation and deleveraging during a period of
stable demand. Going forward, Swift Transportation may benefit from continued
investment in intermodal transportation, lower insurance costs and better fuel
efficiency. The Full Research Report on Swift Transportation Co - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download
free of charge at:


Con-way Inc Research Report

Con-way highlights its consistent operational execution and low driver turnover,
factors that help the company deliver exceptional service while effectively
managing costs. These measures are being taken to help the company further
expand its margins in the coming year. Furthermore, like other trucking
companies, Con-way is being favored by analysts. Deutsche Bank recently upgraded
the company from Hold to Buy on improving manufacturing activity and a
strengthening housing market. The firm also noted company-specific factors like
better LTL performance and operational investments. Separately, Fitch has
affirmed the ratings of Con-Way's IDR at BBB-, senior unsecured credit facility
at BBB- and senior unsecured debt at BBB-. The Rating Outlook is also stable for
the company. This reflects Con-way's strong less-than-truckload (LTL) segment
and its solid liquidity position. The Full Research Report on Con-way Inc -
including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is
available to download free of charge at:


Old Dominion Freight Line Research Report

Old Dominion  is currently investing  $95 million  in real estate purchases and
expansion projects in 2013. The company states that by expanding its capacity,
it will be able to serve more customers and markets and drive top-line growth.
The company has recently relocated its  Las Vegas  and  Cincinnati  service
centers, expanded its  Montana  service center and opened a service center in 
Tomah, Wisconsin. Aside from these,  Old Dominion  is investing  $150 million 
for tractors, trailers and other equipment and  $25 million  for technology.
These investments will be funded by cash flow from operations. Many are
expecting strong profitable growth in the coming years as a result of these
investments. The Full Research Report on Old Dominion Freight Line - including
full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:


Werner Enterprises, Inc. Research Report

According to  Todd Fowler, director and analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.,
there is a great potential for companies like Werner Enterprises to deliver a
surprisingly positive performance in the coming quarters, fueled by gains in
manufacturing and housing. Furthermore, he asserts that as the trucking industry
recovers, asset-heavy carriers offer more value for money because their
"fixed-cost structures provide more earnings leverage compared to other
companies that lease vehicles to other business and have higher variable costs."
Aside from favorable trends and a strong business model, Werner Enterprises is
diversifying its business to expand its Specialized Services unit. Initiatives
to improve truck and driver productivity may also help the company perform well.
Full Research Report on Werner Enterprises, Inc. - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of
charge at: []


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