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  • Early Glance: Construction companies Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Foster Wheeler fell$. 17 or. 5 percent, to $30.95. Quanta Services Inc. unchanged at $34.34.

  • Early Glance: Homebuilders companies Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 21 or 1.0 percent, to $20.95. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. rose$. 01 or. 3 percent, to $3.62. Lennar Corp. rose$. 55 or 1.4 percent, to $40.40.

  • South Korean town to put nuclear plan to vote Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 7:11 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Fighting plans to build a nuclear power plant, a South Korean fishing village is holding a referendum Thursday, even though the government has warned the vote is illegal. A site in Samcheok, 195 kilometers east of Seoul, was picked by the energy ministry after a previous city government applied in 2010 for a nuclear power facility.

  • UK cleared to heavily subsidize $39B nuclear plant Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 6:42 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound price tag. The EU's executive Commission said Wednesday it found the subsidies for construction and operation of the Hinkley Point plant won't distort...

  • Final Glance: Construction companies Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 6:59 PM ET

    Fluor fell $2.08 or 3.2 percent, to $63.93. Foster Wheeler fell$. 21 or. 7 percent, to $31.12. Quanta Services Inc. fell$. 92 or 2.6 percent, to $34.34.

  • Final Glance: Homebuilders companies Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 6:59 PM ET

    DR Horton fell$. 20 or 1.0 percent, to $20.74. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. fell$. 09 or 2.4 percent, to $3.61. Lennar Corp. fell$. 51 or 1.3 percent, to $39.85.

  • Midday Glance: Construction companies Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Foster Wheeler rose$. 01 or percent, to $31.34. Quanta Services Inc. fell$. 43 or 1.2 percent, to $34.83.

  • Midday Glance: Homebuilders companies Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 12 or. 6 percent, to $21.06. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. fell$. 03 or. 8 percent, to $3.67. Lennar Corp. rose$. 22 or. 5 percent, to $40.58.

  • Early Glance: Construction companies Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Foster Wheeler fell$. 13 or. 4 percent, to $31.20. Quanta Services Inc. fell$. 50 or 1.4 percent, to $34.76.

  • Early Glance: Homebuilders companies Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 03 or. 1 percent, to $20.97. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. fell$. 02 or. 5 percent, to $3.68. Lennar Corp. fell$. 07 or. 2 percent, to $40.29.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- British construction activity grew at one of the fastest rates on record last month, though slower rises in new orders and employment raise questions about the durability of the upturn, a survey of purchasing managers showed on Thursday. The Markit/ CIPS construction PMI rose to 64.2 in September from 64.0 in August, beating economists'...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- U.S. construction spending unexpectedly fell in August, hit by weaker private spending outside the housing sector and a pullback in public investments.

  • ADVISORY-Construction spending story withdrawn Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 1- Please be advised the story "U.S. construction spending hits highest level in 5-1/ 2 years" is an out-of-date story and was published in error.

  • The left-leaning Guardian bemoaned: "No one can conceive of Renault, Fiat or indeed BMW fattening themselves up after years of emaciation, ready for sell-off to a foreign rival." The blow to British pride was made all the more acute by the success of France, where Peugeot and Renault were speeding ahead.

  • "There are two prices that matter for Australia right now, those for homes and those for commodities, said Paul Bloxham, chief economist for Australia at HSBC. The alarm is shared by Australia as over 35 percent of its exports go to China, giving it an annual trade surplus worth around A $50 billion with the Asian giant.

  • "There are two prices that matter for Australia right now, those for homes and those for commodities, said Paul Bloxham, chief economist for Australia at HSBC. The alarm is shared by Australia as over 35 percent of its exports go to China, giving it an annual trade surplus worth around A $50 billion with the Asian giant.

  • "This is welcome news in an otherwise mixed outlook," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago. New home sales jumped 18.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units, a second straight monthly gain that took them to the highest level since May 2008, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 24- Sales of new U.S. single-family homes surged in August and hit their highest level in more than six years, offering confirmation that the housing recovery remains on course. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday sales jumped 18.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units.

  • U.S. new home sales race to six-year high in August Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 24- Sales of new U.S. single-family homes surged in August and hit their highest level in more than six years, offering confirmation that the housing recovery remains on course. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday sales jumped 18.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 units.

  • *Russia's Rosatom says signed $10 billion agreement. JOHANNESBURG, Sept 23- South Africa's nuclear cooperation deal signed this week with Russia is part of a tender process that will involve other competing countries and is not a contract to build power plants, government officials said on Tuesday.