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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 19- U.S. housing starts unexpectedly fell in October, but a jump in permits to near a 6-1/ 2- year high suggested the housing market was steadily regaining strength. Groundbreaking slipped 2.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual 1.009 million-unit pace, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. September's starts were revised up to a 1.038...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US home construction Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in October. The report is scheduled to be released Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index rose to 58 this month, up from 54 in October.

  • Lowe's rides improving housing market to strong 3Q Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:55 AM ET

    MOORESVILLE, N.C.— Lowe's third-quarter earnings jumped 17 percent as home improvement retailers continue to rebound from a tough start to the year, reaping gains from a nascent recovery in the housing market. The company also raised its full-year forecast a day after rival Home Depot reported a 14 percent jump in third-quarter earnings.

  • UPDATE 1-Lowe's raises full-year profit, sales forecast Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:49 AM ET

    Nov 19- Lowe's Cos Inc, the No. 2 U.S. home improvement products retailer, raised its full-year profit and sales forecast as an improving job market encourages home owners to increase spending on renovations. Lowe's raised its profit forecast to $2.68 per share from $2.63. The company also said it expects sales to grow 4.5-5 percent for the year ending Jan. 30, 2015,...

  • Final Glance: Construction companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    Fluor rose $2.33 or 3.7 percent, to $65.94. Foster Wheeler fell$. 63 or 2.0 percent, to $30.24. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 20 or. 6 percent, to $33.37.

  • Final Glance: Homebuilders companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 14 or. 6 percent, to $24.63. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. fell$. 04 or 1.0 percent, to $4.11. Lennar Corp. rose$. 05 or. 1 percent, to $45.69.

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 18- A graft investigation at Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA is hurting the credit outlook for major suppliers accused of participating in the alleged bribery scheme, Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday. Moody's downgraded its rating of Mendes Junior Trading e Engenharia SA to B3 from B2 and put a negative outlook...

  • *EDF says Areva unable to deliver key ingredients in time. PARIS, Nov 18- French utility EDF announced a new one-year delay for its Areva- designed EPR nuclear reactor in Flamanville, France, which it now expects to be connected to the grid in 2017, a decade after construction started. EDF said the delay was due to Areva's difficulties with ensuring a timely delivery...

  • Midday Glance: Homebuilders companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 16 or. 6 percent, to $24.65. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. rose$. 03 or. 6 percent, to $4.18. Lennar Corp. rose$. 16 or. 4 percent, to $45.80.

  • Midday Glance: Construction companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Foster Wheeler fell$. 15 or. 5 percent, to $30.72. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 25 or. 8 percent, to $33.42.

  • Nov 18- Home Depot Inc, the world's No.1 home improvement chain, reported better-than-expected quarterly sales as an improving job market encouraged Americans to spend more on renovations. The retailer is facing at least 44 civil lawsuits related to the breach in the United States and Canada. Home Depot's net income rose to $1.54 billion, or $1.15 per share, in...

  • Early Glance: Construction companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Foster Wheeler rose$. 26 or. 8 percent, to $31.13. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 33 or 1.0 percent, to $33.50.

  • Early Glance: Homebuilders companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 18 or. 7 percent, to $24.67. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. rose$. 02 or. 6 percent, to $4.17. Lennar Corp. rose$. 32 or. 7 percent, to $45.96.

  • US homebuilder sentiment rallies in November Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. homebuilders' confidence rebounded in November as both sales expectations and buyer traffic improved. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index rose to 58 this month, up from 54 in October. Purchases of new homes were nearly flat in September, the Commerce Department reported.

  • Nov 18- Home Depot Inc, the world's No.1 home improvement chain, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as an improving job market encouraged Americans to spend more on renovations. The retailer is facing at least 44 civil lawsuits related to the breach in the United States and Canada. Home Depot's net income rose to $1.54 billion, or $1.15 per share, in...

  • Final Glance: Construction companies Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Fluor fell $1.09 or 1.7 percent, to $63.61. Foster Wheeler fell$. 73 or 2.3 percent, to $30.87. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 01 or percent, to $33.17.

  • Final Glance: Homebuilders companies Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 11 or. 5 percent, to $24.49. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. fell$. 02 or. 5 percent, to $4.15. Pulte Homes Inc. rose$. 05 or. 2 percent, to $20.97.

  • Midday Glance: Homebuilders companies Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 12 or. 5 percent, to $24.50. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. rose$. 02 or. 5 percent, to $4.19. Lennar Corp. rose$. 16 or. 4 percent, to $45.80.

  • Midday Glance: Construction companies Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Foster Wheeler fell$. 39 or 1.2 percent, to $31.21. Quanta Services Inc. fell$. 06 or. 2 percent, to $33.11.

  • Early Glance: Homebuilders companies Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 14 or. 6 percent, to $24.53. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. rose$. 04 or 1.0 percent, to $4.21. Lennar Corp. rose$. 14 or. 3 percent, to $45.78.