Daily business briefing: Stocks begin week on upswing

March 18, 2014 

The Dow Jones industrial average futures are up 53 points to 16,219. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures are up six points to 1,857 and Nasdaq futures are up 11 points to 3,663. Read more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The government reports that cheaper oil and gas prices kept U.S. consumer prices in check last month, despite a big rise in the cost of food. It was the latest sign of weak inflation. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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U.S. home construction fell for a third month in February, but applications for building permits reached their highest level in four months. The Commerce Department said builders started work on 907,000 homes in February. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.6 percent and France's CAC-40 was up 0.9 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent. For more information, go to http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business reporter

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