Construction Materials


  • Analysts Predict Modest But "Solid" Growth Monday, 26 Mar 2007 | 6:36 PM ET

    Researchers from Thomson Financial and Zacks Investment Research agree: earnings growth for 2007 will probably be -- OK.  They joined "Closing Bell" to weigh in on the lukewarm year ahead -- and where investors might still find those double-digit treasures.

  • Arcelor Mittal CFO: No Signs Of U.S. Recession Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 6:54 PM ET

    Aditya Mittal thinks the global economy is strong as, well, steel. He's the chief financial officer of Arcelor Mittal, and he gave his outlook on the alloy industry to CNBC's Maria Bartiromo, on location in London.

  • Lower corporate profits don't necessarily mean a weaker market. Abby Joseph Cohen, chief U.S. portfolio strategist for Goldman Sachs, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that she believes the S&P 500 will rise to 1550 by the end of the year from its current 1436.

  • European Stocks to Watch Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 11:19 AM ET

    Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Michaniki, Hammerson, Iberia, Technical Olympic, Intercell and Carrefour.

  • Fits and Starts Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 11:59 AM ET

    With anxiety over the subprime mortgage market, calls for tighter lending standards, continued high inventory of unsold homes and home prices dropping from coast to coast, to call Tuesday’s housing starts number curious is an understatement. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports housing starts in February jumped 9% from a month ago but are still 28.5% below February 2006. This is the biggest jump since January of last year and comes off a 14% drop in starts in February.

  • Deepening problems in the subprime mortgage sector chipped away at  homebuilder confidence in March, the National Association of Home Builders said.

  • European Stocks to Watch Wednesday, 14 Mar 2007 | 12:36 PM ET

    Here some of Wednesday's big movers on European stock markets: Kingfisher, Carrefour, J. Sainsbury, HBOS, RBS, Deutsche Bank, SEB, Skanska and Holcim.

  • Subprime Woes "Hurt" Housing Says Zuckerman Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007 | 3:16 PM ET

    Mort Zuckerman is not only the owner of U.S. News and World Report and the Daily News, he is also a major player in the business world as chairman of Boston Properties. He's also one of the savviest and most successful real estate magnates around. Zuckerman spoke with...

  • Builders' Supplier Grafton 2006 EPS Up 15% Thursday, 1 Mar 2007 | 4:23 AM ET

    Irish building supplies firm Grafton Group posted a slightly better-than-expected 15% rise in 2006 earnings on Thursday and said it was confident about the future after a satisfactory start to 2007.

  • Cement Maker Holcim Reports 39.2% Profit Increase Wednesday, 28 Feb 2007 | 1:46 PM ET

    Cement maker Holcim reported a 39.2% increase in net profit for 2006 on Wednesday, saying its recent expansion in India, strong markets and efficiency gains helped boost its performance.

  • Bouygues Reports Surprise 50% Profit Growth in 2006 Wednesday, 28 Feb 2007 | 4:06 AM ET

    France's Bouygues  said Wednesday its net profit rose a higher-than-expected 50% last year, thanks to strong growth from its construction and road-building divisions, and despite losses in its mobile phone operations.

  • A Price Point Tuesday, 27 Feb 2007 | 1:07 PM ET

    There’s a lot of data out today on existing home prices across the U.S., and I want to quickly make a little sense of it for you. First we get results from the National Association of Realtors, which reports that the median existing home price in the U.S. is $210,600, down 3.1% from January of 2006.

  • Ferrovial Says 2006 Profit Tripled Monday, 26 Feb 2007 | 8:35 AM ET

    Grupo Ferrovial  said Monday its full-year net profit more than tripled, thanks to asset sales and incorporation of recently acquired companies such as British airport operator BAA.

  • Schindler Says Full-Year Net Income Rose Monday, 26 Feb 2007 | 7:44 AM ET

    Schindler Holding, a Swiss elevator maker fined by the EU last week for taking part in a cartel, said Monday that full-year net income rose 29% as the company boosted sales of elevators and escalators.

  • Has Spring Sprung in Housing? Friday, 23 Feb 2007 | 12:21 PM ET
    U.S. Department of Commerce

    I’m getting frustrated with two words: “Housing Market.” For weeks now I’ve been getting the questions from my friends, the pitches from so-called housing experts and the assignments from my bosses: How is the Housing Market this Spring??

  • HeidelbergCement Sales Up 18% in 2006 Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 | 9:05 AM ET

    German cement maker HeidelbergCement said Wednesday that sales in 2006 grew 18% as the company benefited from growing economies.

  • Skanska Reports 22% Fall In Fourth Quarter Net Profit Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 | 5:48 AM ET

    Swedish construction company Skanska on Thursday reported a 22% fall in fourth-quarter net profit on the back of lower sales and tougher conditions on the Danish market.

  • KB Earnings Tell it All Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 3:18 PM ET
    KB Home

    A bright spot in today’s earnings report from KB Home, one of the nation’s largest home builders: prices on their homes are coming down this quarter. While the company posted some nasty earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter and is showing a 48% cancellation rate, that fact bodes well for the usually busy spring season.

  • Commercial property development in Britain grew at its slowest rate in 13 months in January due to the first contraction of work on public sector projects in 19 months, data showed on Monday.

  • When--Or If--Housing Ever Hits Bottom Floor Friday, 9 Feb 2007 | 1:51 PM ET

    This week HSBC Holdings admitted that it would be spending more money than originally anticipated to cover subprime loan defaults -- $1.76 billion more than analysts predicted. Now there’s concern over the mortgage-backed securities that go along with these riskier credit advances, and even more concern over the housing market in general.