February 2018

U.S. Service Center Shipments

On a three month moving average, (3MMA) basis, total carbon steel shipments averaged 140.3, climbing 4.6% year on year, (y/y). Bar & shapes, plate and structural shipments led the advance, each recording double-digits percentage increases. Table 1 shows percentage change results for shipments, daily intake and inventory level. In all cases the percentage change references [...]

U.S. Infrastructure Spending

Referencing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s construction put-in-place (CPIP) shows that infrastructure spending, (not seasonally adjusted in constant 2009 dollars) decreased by 1.1%, 12 months year on year, (y/y) to $166.6 billion, (B). On a three month y/y comparison, spending was down 14.9% to $43.4. Momentum, (3 month change minus 12 month change) was [...]

Dodge Momentum Index

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 5.1% to 136.7 in January after a significant upward revision to the December score. On a year on year, (y/y) comparison, the composite index was up 1.4%. The commercial sub-index posted a significant decrease for the month, while the institutional index declined slightly. The Dodge Momentum Index is a monthly [...]

Portland Cement Shipments

U.S. national Portland cement shipments in November totaled 8.81 million, (Mt) short tons. For the three months total (3MMT), ending November, cement shipments were up slightly year on year, (y/y). Five of the nine census regions posted higher 3MMT cement shipments y/y. Figure 1 shows the three month moving average shipments in tons per month on [...]

­­­Construction Put-in-Place, (CPIP)

Total U.S. construction spending came in above the consensus estimate in December. This was the fifth month in a row of gains in construction expenditures. Census Bureau non-seasonally adjusted (NSA), constant dollar CPIP data showed that December’s twelve month total, (12MT) construction expenditures grew by 3.6% year on year (y/y), to $1226.9 billion (B). On a [...]

January 2018