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  • Midday Glance: Homebuilders companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    DR Horton fell$. 04 or. 2 percent, to $21.64. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. fell$. 02 or. 4 percent, to $4.48. Lennar Corp. fell$. 24 or. 6 percent, to $38.55.

  • Early Glance: Homebuilders companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 16 or. 7 percent, to $21.84. Lennar Corp. rose$. 18 or. 5 percent, to $38.97. Pulte Homes Inc. rose$. 18 or 1.0 percent, to $18.87.

  • Early Glance: Construction companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Foster Wheeler rose$. 20 or. 6 percent, to $33.43. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 42 or 1.2 percent, to $35.74.

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. housing starts rose but below market expectations and building permits fell in March, pointing to underlying weakness in the housing market that could persist despite improving weather.

  • US home building up in March after frigid winter Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 8:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. Builders started work on 946,000 homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in March, up 2.8 percent from 920,000 in February, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON— US home building up in March, led by 6 percent gain in single-family home construction.

  • U.S. housing starts rise less than expected, permits fall Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. housing starts rose less than expected in March and building permits fell, pointing to underlying weakness in the housing market that could persist despite better weather. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday groundbreaking increased 2.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000..

  • Ahead of the Bell: US home construction Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in March. BUILDER CONFIDENCE: On Tuesday, the National Association of Home Builders reported that builders' confidence rose slightly in April but remained at a low level.

  • April 15- Associated Materials Group Inc, a maker of home-building products, said on Tuesday it had decided to withdraw its plans for an initial public offering. Last July, the company, owned by buyout firm Hellman& Friedman LLC, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an IPO of up to $100 million.

  • Southern agrees to coal research with Chinese firm Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:47 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Southern Co. says it has signed a deal with a state-owned Chinese coal and energy company to work together to develop coal technologies, based in part on the coal gasification and carbon capture technology that Southern subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. is deploying at the $5 billion Kemper County power plant.

  • Scarce land could blunt recovery for U.S. homebuilders Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    The Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction index has regained much of the ground lost in the second half of 2013, when rising mortgage rates and wider economic uncertainty broke an 18- month winning streak for homebuilder stocks. The average forecast covers D.R. Horton Inc, PulteGroup Inc, Lennar Corp, KB Home and Toll Brothers Inc..

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- U.S. consumer prices firmed a bit in March, as food and housing rental costs rose in a possible sign that a disinflationary trend had run its course. "The sharp upswing in housing costs could be an early signal of a more sustained push higher in inflation," said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York.

  • US stocks drift lower at midday; Homebuilders sink Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are moving lower in midday trading, giving up an early gain. Beazer Homes, Ryland Group and other homebuilder stocks fell after a survey showed that the industry's confidence in the housing market remains low. Johnson& Johnson rose 2 percent after reporting higher profits.

  • US homebuilder confidence edges up in April Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, constrained by tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and available land.

  • Warnings fly in tense call between Obama and Putin Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House April 14, 2014 in Washington.

    President Obama said to President Putin during a phone call that Russia would have to face further sanctions if it continues its actions in Ukraine.

  • MUSCAT, April 15- Oman said it would extend curbs on the hiring of foreign workers in construction and housekeeping as part of efforts to save more jobs for local citizens and limit outflows of money from the economy.

  • Final Glance: Construction companies Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    Fluor rose$. 36 or. 5 percent, to $74.83. Foster Wheeler rose$. 11 or. 3 percent, to $33.20. Quanta Services Inc. fell$. 13 or. 4 percent, to $35.15.

  • Final Glance: Homebuilders companies Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 15 or. 7 percent, to $21.76. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. fell$. 07 or 1.5 percent, to $4.55. Lennar Corp. rose$. 22 or. 6 percent, to $38.95.

  • AP Top Financial News At 10:03 a.m. EDT Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    US consumer prices rose just 0.2 percent in March Yellen says Fed examining additional bank rules J&J Q1 net up 8 percent on sales jump, lower costs Coca-Cola sells more drinks but soda dips World stocks mostly down on Ukraine, China jitters US homebuilder confidence edges up in April Zebra to spend $3.45 B on Motorola business Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt increase US retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March Is hot market for IPOs cooling?

  • Midday Glance: Construction companies Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Foster Wheeler rose$. 26 or. 8 percent, to $33.35. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 03 or. 1 percent, to $35.31.

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