Dodge Momentum Index Improves in July

The Dodge Momentum Index climbed 8.1% in July after retreating a revised 2.4% in June, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning. Combined, these projects have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The Momentum Index for July came in at 98.8 (2000=100), up from June’s revised level of 91.4. This month’s improvement in the Momentum Index is consistent with last week’s employment report, which showed a stronger than expected increase of 163,000 jobs. Although further increases in the index would be needed to suggest a true rebound in construction, this month’s gain could be considered a first step in that direction. Read More

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