Construction sector performance

FILE- This May 4, 2018, file photo shows a house is under construction in Roseville, Calif. On Wednesday, May 23, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in April. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 23, 2018 - 11:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell 1.5 percent in April, held down by a shortage of affordable houses in the most desirable areas and sharp pullback in purchases in the western United States. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted...
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April 24, 2018 - 10:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 4 percent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that sales last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000. The two prior months had their sales revised upward with the annual rate...
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FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, work continues on a new development in Fair Lawn, N.J. On Tuesday, April 17, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in March. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
April 17, 2018 - 10:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders broke ground on more apartment buildings last month, pushing up overall home construction 1.9 percent. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts rose in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.32 million, driven by a big 16 percent gain in...
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FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2018, photo, construction workers work on a new townhouse in Wood-Ridge, N.J. On Monday, April 16, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its March index of builder sentiment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
April 16, 2018 - 10:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Homebuilder confidence slid for the fourth consecutive month with steadily rising mortgage rates and sky-high home prices putting ownership out of reach for more and more Americans. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index for April, released...
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In this Tuesday, March 27, 2018, photo, construction cranes in Southwest Washington are silhouetted against the morning sky as redevelopment continues in the waterfront area of the District of Columbia. On Monday, April 2, 2018, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in February. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
April 02, 2018 - 10:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects ticked up a mere 0.1 percent in February from the prior month, a sign that a growing economy is doing little to spur a more rapid pace for building homes, hospitals and highways. The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending...
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FILE- This Jan. 22, 2018, file photo shows a sold sign in front of a home in Mount Lebanon, Pa. On Tuesday, March 27, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for January is released. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
March 27, 2018 - 9:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices posted another big gain in January, pushed higher by a shortage of homes for sale. Standard & Poor's said Tuesday that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index climbed 6.2 percent in January from a year earlier. That nearly matches December...
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FILE- This Feb. 26, 2018, photo shows a new home are for sale in Mahwah, N.J. On Friday, March 23, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in February. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
March 23, 2018 - 10:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes slipped 0.6 percent in February, a third straight monthly decline. But year to date, sales are up 2.2 percent in a sign that buyer demand remains solid. The Commerce Department said Friday that last month's sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate...
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FILE- In this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, building materials are stacked along home sites as construction is under way at a new housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. On Friday, March 16, 2018, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in February. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
March 16, 2018 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 percent. The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.24 million, an expected decline after...
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In this Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, photo, construction is under way at a new housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. On Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in January. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
February 26, 2018 - 10:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell in January for the second straight month, failing to rebound from a weather-related drop in December. The Commerce Department says last month's sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000, lowest since August and down 7.8 percent from...
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FILE- In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, the Wall Street subway stop on Broadway, in New York's Financial District. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 16, 2018 - 1:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are continuing their rapid recovery Friday as health care and technology companies lead the market toward its sixth gain in a row. Investors were fleeing the market early this month, but a combination of lower prices and rising company profits have them hurrying to buy stocks...
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