How construction fared in the City this week
Whatever's in the Devon water, the chief executives of some of the country's larger construction firms will want a big swig.

While they've seen their share prices stagnate no matter what tricks they perform for the City, Rok, the Exeter-based contractor formerly known as EBC, has enjoyed a bumper nine months.

Rok Property Solutions has reaped the rewards of changing its name and strategy. Led by chief executive Garvis Snook, the firm offers construction, property and FM services. It's a far cry from its days of regional contracting and a share price unable to break the 70p barrier.

Snook started the restructuring last spring, and now the firm's share price is nudging 170p. The City seems to like what it sees. One analyst said: "It's a well-run business that has changed it's spots rather well recently, and that has been reflected in the share price. It'll be interesting to see how much more appetite there is for it."

Balfour Beatty's share price rose 6% to 199p and Alfred McAlpine's improved 4% to 420p. Westbury rose 4.9% to 291.5p and Laing was up 5.6% to 160.5p. Some of the biggest losers were Amec (-3.6% to 423p), Bellway (-2.3% to 430p) and Crest Nicholson (-4% to 192p).