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Business Buoyed by U.S. Government Transportation Aid: EcoPulse

Shares of companies such as Granite Construction Inc. and Aecom Technology Corp. have outperformed the broader market since June as a $105 billion transportation bill is boosting the industry.

While Congress and President Barack Obama have yet to agree on how to avert more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts set to take place next month, a 27-month deal they reached this summer to keep road, bridge and transit spending at current levels through September 2014 will serve as a catalyst for businesses involved in rebuilding U.S. infrastructure, said Andrew Wittmann, a former engineer who is now an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee.