Architectural Billings Index

The national ABI score for October rebounded to 51.7 after dipping below the 50 threshold in September. Regional monthly scores were: The South 50.8, Midwest 49.0, Northeast 54.0 and the West 49.8. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of [...]

U.S. Infrastructure Spending

Referencing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s construction put-in-place (CPIP) shows that total infrastructure spending, (not seasonally adjusted in constant 2009 dollars) decreased by 5.3% three months year on year, (y/y) to $50.3 billion, (B). On a twelve month y/y comparison, spending was down 4.5% to $167.0B resulting in negative 0.8% momentum. Table 1 presents [...]

U.S. Infrastructure Spending

Referencing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s construction put-in-place (CPIP) shows that total infrastructure spending, (not seasonally adjusted in constant 2009 dollars) decreased by 4.5% three months year on year, (y/y) to $49.4 billion, (B). On a twelve month y/y comparison, spending was down 1.9% to $173.4B resulting in negative 2.6% momentum. Table 1 presents [...]

Portland Cement Shipments

Cement consumption moved-up in July for the second month in a row. For the three months total (3MMT), ending July, national Portland cement shipments rose by 2.6% on a 3MMT year on year (y/y), basis. Five of the nine census regions posted higher 3MMT cement shipments y/y. Figure 1 shows the three month moving average shipments [...]

Dodge Momentum Index

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 3.1 points in August to 129.1 or -2.3% month on month, (m/m) from its revised July reading of 132.2. A large drop in the commercial sub-index was the main reason for the decline. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning, [...]