The Census Bureau News said construction spending for the first five months of 2013 rose 6.2 percent over the same period of 2012, climbing to $326.2 billion.
In the United States, the Purchasing Managers Index for manufacturing rose from a slightly negative 49 in May to a slightly positive 50.9 in June, the Institute of Supply Management said.
The PMI for manufacturing in Britain, Markit Economics said, climbed to a 25-month high as it reached 52.5.
On Wall Street, the blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average added 65.36 points, or 0.44 percent, to 14,974.96. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 8.68 points, or 0.54 percent, to 1,614.96. The tech-heavy Nasdaq index gained 31.24 points, or 0.92 percent, to 3,434.49.
On the New York Stock Exchange, 2,202 issues advanced and 872 declined on a volume of 3 billion shares traded.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 175.18 points, 1.28 percent, to 13,852.50.
Britain's FTSE 100 index gained 1.49 percent, or 93.31 points to 6,307.78.
The 10-year treasury note rose 4/32 to yield 2.476 percent.
On currency markets, the euro fell to $1.3064. Against the yen, the dollar was higher at 99.61 yen.
Gold gained $28.80 or 2.35 percent to $1,252.60 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange's Comex division.
In after-hours trading, crude oil prices added $1.44 to $98 per barrel on the York Mercantile Exchange.
On the Chicago Board of Trade, December corn dropped 9 cents at $5.02, November soybeans shed 11 cents to $12.41 and wheat for September contracts shed 1 1/4 cents to $6.56 1/2.
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