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  • *Holcim will hold 53 pct of merged entity. PARIS, April 7- Switzerland's Holcim unveiled an all-share deal to buy France's Lafarge on Monday to create the world's biggest cement maker with combined sales of 32 billion euros. Shares in Lafarge rose 4 percent at the open, the top gainer on France's blue-chip CAC 40 index, while shares in Holcim were up 5.4 percent.

  • *Holcim, Lafarge climb after confirming merger deal. PARIS, April 7- European stocks dropped in early trading on Monday, halting a three-week rally and tracking a sell-off on Wall Street on Friday where a number of high-growth companies mostly in the tech and biotech sectors tumbled.

  • Switzerland's Holcim unveiled an all-share deal to buy France's Lafarge on Monday to create the world's biggest cement maker with combined sales of 32 billion euros. Holcim shares were up 5.6 percent while Lafarge gained 3.8 percent.

  • PARIS, April 7- Switzerland's Holcim unveiled an all-share deal to buy France's Lafarge on Monday to create the world's biggest cement maker with combined sales of 32 billion euros.

  • Lafarge, Holcim say in advanced merger talks Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    PARIS/ ZURICH, April 4- French and Swiss cement makers Lafarge and Holcim said on Friday they were in advanced discussions over a possible merger of equals, but that no agreement had yet been reached.

  • SYDNEY, April 4- Investors wanting to profit from steadily increasing home construction in Australia without being overly exposed to the property sector's volatility are loading up "secondary exposure stocks" such as paints and building material suppliers.

  • BANGKOK, March 27- Siam Cement PCL, Thailand's largest industrial conglomerate, aims to boost cement production and sales in Southeast Asia to offset a slowdown at home where political unrest has delayed spending on infrastructure projects.

  • Massive fire engulfs construction site     Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    NBC News' Janet Shamlian reports on a construction site fire that left a construction worker dangling from a balcony.

  • Home prices to grow slowly: Economist     Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    Discussing low construction's impact on the overall housing market and home prices, with Jed Kolko, Trulia chief economist.

  • *Acquisition prospects in Asia white cement. ROME, March 14- Italy's Cementir group is looking at acquisition opportunities to strengthen its position in white cement and could finalise a deal within 12 months, possibly in Asia, chief executive Francesco Caltagirone said.

  • Can't increase prices 'fast enough': Mohawk CEO Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    Construction material costs have been rising so fast it's hard to keep pace, Mohawk CEO Jeffrey Lorberbaum tells CNBC.

  • CNBC's Jane Wells speaks with Deere CEO Sam Allen about economics of agricultural supply and demand.

  • February ISM Index: 53.2     Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli reports the February ISM index is 53.2.

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 25- U.S. and Chinese rail companies have expressed interest in the Mexican rail freight market if a bill that seeks to open up the sector to more companies is approved, the head of the lower house of Congress' transport commission said on Tuesday.

  • *Industrial Bank may have halted property loans- official Shanghai newspaper. HONG KONG, Feb 24- China shares suffered their biggest loss in seven weeks on Monday, hurting Hong Kong markets, after mainland news reports stoked fears that banks have tightened loans to property developers.

  • *China Vanke tests 5- year low; cement, banks dive too. HONG KONG, Feb 24- China shares tumbled to their lowest in two weeks early on Monday, hurting Hong Kong markets, roiled by mainland news reports saying banks have begun tightening property loans.

  • Cramer: How to bet on this frigid weather     Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer says nonresidential construction will make a comeback, and tells investors the best way to play that trend.

  • Hotel construction challenges at Sochi     Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    Ted Knighton, Interstate Hotels & Resorts president & COO, discusses the reality of building in Sochi and provides insight into the challenges hotel operators are facing at the Olympics.

  • Feb 5- Shares of Continental Building Products Inc, controlled by private equity firm Lone Star Funds, rose as much as 11 percent in their market debut, valuing the company at about $682 million. The Reston, Virginia- based company's shares opened at $14.66 and touched a high of $15.48 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

  • *HSI flat, H-shares -0.3 pct, China reopens Friday. *China cyclicals biggest drags, but Anhui Conch up. Feb 5- Hong Kong shares lingered at seven-month lows on Wednesday after benchmark indexes surrendered gains over the first hour of trade as a rebound proved short-lived with markets still jittery after a steep sell-off in recent sessions.