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Stocks higher...Housing starts rise...Cypriot lawmaker look to ease bite

Tuesday - 3/19/2013, 11:20am  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- After a couple of losing sessions, a surprisingly strong increase in new home construction is sending stocks higher on Wall Street. The Dow rose more than 50 points in the first half hour of trading. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq also were higher.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. builders started construction of homes in February at the second-fastest pace in 4
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