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Dodge Momentum Index Continues Upward Trend in February

Written by Sandy Williams

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 0.5 percent in February to 126.1 from a revised reading of 125.5 in January, a third consecutive monthly increase. The index is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects and has been show to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

Commercial planning led the increase with a 1.0 percent gain which offset a slight 0.1 percent dip for institutional planning. Commercial planning activity is still below 2015 levels but is making a moderate recovery according to Dodge Analytics. Institutional planning continues to be above 2015 levels and on a generally upward trend.

Seven nonresidential building projects exceeding a value of $100 million began the planning phase in February.

The Dodge Momentum Index is created by summing the dollar value of Dodge’s first-reported nonresidential building projects in planning during a given month.  The data is seasonally adjusted and a three-month moving average is applied to reduce the volatility and random variation in the monthly data.  The resulting smoothed data provides a better fit between the index and construction spending statistics. 

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