Construction sector performance

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2017, file photo, Dustin Brinkerhoff, owner of Brinkerhoff Custom Construction, walks with boards to put in place as a temporary safety guard rail at a worksite of a future home in Mapleton, Utah. On Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its December index of builder sentiment. (Isaac Hale/The Daily Herald via AP, File)
December 18, 2017 - 10:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic than they have in nearly two decades. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose five points to 74 this month. That's the highest reading since July of 1999, more than 18 years...
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December 01, 2017 - 10:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending surged 1.4 percent in October, the best gain in five months, with all major categories of building posting gains. The Commerce Department says the October spending increase was the third monthly gain after more modest advances of 0.3 percent in September...
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November 27, 2017 - 10:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade — a 6.2 percent monthly increase that reflects both the underlying strength of the economy and the worsening shortage of existing homes for sale. The Commerce Department says new-home sales last month rose to a...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, file photo, an American flag flies over a Home Depot store location in Bellingham, Mass. The Home Depot Inc. reports financial results on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
November 14, 2017 - 8:19 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot beat Wall Street expectations for the third quarter thanks in part to natural disasters that skewed economic growth and hiring in North America. The Atlanta home improvement retailer is one of the inadvertent winners in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma, massive storms that...
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This Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, photo shows a new home for sale in a housing development in Raeford, N.C. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in September. (AP Photo/Swayne B. Hall)
October 25, 2017 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped last month to the highest level since October 2007, a sign that Americans — unable to find existing homes — are turning to new construction. Damage from last month's hurricanes may have also inflated the data. New home sales leapt 18.9 percent in...
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This Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, photo shows a "House for Sale by Owner" sign in a yard in Fort Washington, Pa. On Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in September. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 20, 2017 - 10:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose slightly last month as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey. Still, a shortage of available homes is thwarting many would-be buyers and limiting sales. The National Association of Realtors said Friday existing home sales increased...
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In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo taken with a fisheye lens, a forklift is parked in front of one of the houses under construction in Zelienople, Pa. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in September. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
October 18, 2017 - 9:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building. The September result left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, the Commerce...
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October 16, 2017 - 2:26 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli anti-settlement group says dozens of new housing units have been approved in the West Bank city of Hebron for the first time in over a decade. Hagit Ofran of Peace Now said 31 housing units were approved Monday for the first Israeli construction there since 2002. About...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
October 03, 2017 - 12:32 pm
MAALEH ADUMIM, West Bank (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Tuesday pledged to build thousands of new homes in one of the West Bank's biggest Jewish settlements and annex it to Israel. The comments drew an angry condemnation from the Palestinians and created a new test for the Trump administration,...
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In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, new home construction is underway in a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. On Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in July. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
August 23, 2017 - 10:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 9.4 percent in July, the sharpest one-month drop in nearly a year. But the decline followed strong sales in previous months, and sales so far this year are outpacing last year's. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales fell to a...
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