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Dodge Momentum Index Loses September Gain

Written by Sandy Williams

Although the Dodge Momentum Index has been on a generally upward trend this year, it has been a roller coaster ride. The Index took a large leap of 5.2 percent in September which was nearly reversed by a decline of 4.8 percent in October. Both commercial building and institutional building indexes declined last month by 5.0 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively.

Dodge says month-to-month volatility is “reminiscent of this sectors’ upturn in the early stages of its prior recovery back in the previous decade.”

Eight projects, valued above $100 million, entered the planning stage in October. In the commercial sector, a $500 million-mixed use facility at Mall of American in Minnesota and a $151 million warehouse/distribution complex in Newark, NJ, began the planning stage. The leading projects in the institutional sector were hospitals in Washington DC and Bethesda, MD.

The Dodge Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

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