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Dodge Momentum Index Dips in April (Upward Momentum Trend Continues)

Written by Sandy Williams

The Dodge Momentum Index slipped 5.1 percentage points in April to a reading of 133.8. Institutional planning fell 12 percent while commercial construction planning gained only 0.1 percent.

Dodge Data & Analytics sees April’s decline as part of a sawtooth pattern that has been prevalent since early 2016.

Said Dodge regarding the April findings, “Despite April’s decline, the broad upward trend for the Momentum Index remains present, suggesting that construction activity still has further room to grow in 2017. The planning data’s strengthening over the past year stands in stark contrast to the 2014-2015 period, when the Momentum Index saw little improvement, gaining just 4.0% in that 24-month span.”

Six projects exceeding $100 million entered the planning stage in April.

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

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