Market Factors Contribute to Down Quarter for MDU

MDU Resources Group Inc. reported third-quarter earnings of $139.3 million, or 68 cents per share, compared to third-quarter 2020 earnings of $153.1 million, or 76 cents per share. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, MDU Resources earned $291.6 million, or $1.44 per share, compared to $277.9 million, or $1.39 per share, in 2020.

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Momentum Index Rises

The Dodge Momentum Index increased 10% in October to 181.2 (2000=100), from the revised September reading of 164.6. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Construction Network, is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. In October, commercial planning rose 14% and institutional gained 3%.

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