infrastructure spending

Obama Pushes His New Stimulus Plan

President Obama is speaking in Cleveland Wednesday, laying out more details of his plan to get the economic recovery back in gear: $50 billion for infrastructure spending; a $100 billion R&D tax credit; and $200 billion to induce U.S. companies to make capital improvements now rather than later.

Will Obama's Spending Plan Boost the Economy?

President Obama will announce billions more in infrastructure spending and tax cuts this week. Supporters say it's just what the sagging economy needs. But critics worry that with mid-term elections just a few weeks away, the main motivation may be political.

Construction Sector Woes Worse Than Expected in July

The U.S. construction industry went from bad to worse in July, and then retroactively worse still. The Commerce Department announced Wednesday that spending in the sector fell a worse-than-expected 1% in July, and revised June's estimate downward from a 0.1% increase to an 0.8% decline.

Mixed News on Construction Spending

Boosted by the government's fiscal stimulus, construction spending unexpectedly rose 0.1% in June, the Commerce Department said. However, June's mild good news was offset by a large, downward revision to a 1% spending decline from a previously-announced 0.2% decline for May.

Construction Giant Foster Wheeler Could Be Building a Rebound

Construction stocks have lately been dormant, if not huge losers. But some analysts are starting to divine that global engineering and heavy construction will come alive in the second half of 2010. And they're changing their tune on Foster Wheeler.