Business briefs: Homebuyers class set for June

Free classes on buying home offered

BRADENTON -- Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. will offer free first-time home buyer classes in June at the Catholic Charities office, 1219 16th St. W., Bradenton.

Classes will be in Spanish and English. The class for Spanish speakers is June 13 from 8 a.m. to 5:35 p.m. Classes for English speakers are June 15 and June 16 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Topics include: steps to successful homeownership; credit history and shopping for a loan; shopping for a home and choosing a realtor which includes, negotiation and home inspection; and what it means to be a home owner, how to care for your home and maintain it, security issues and avoiding foreclosure.

Class participants will be eligible for assistance for down payment and closing costs. For information and to register call (941) 714-7829.

Beach Club at Harbour Isle nears completion

BRADENTON -- Construction on the Beach Club at Harbour Isle is nearly complete and is set to open in the summer.

Harbour Isle is a 220-acre community on Anna Maria Sound. The two-story Beach Club is 23,000-square-feet and will include a 4,200-square-foot fitness center, second-floor lounge, cabana bar, resort-style pool, Jacuzzi, private lounging cabanas and yoga lawn. There is a beach recreation area for launching kayaks and paddleboards.

U.S. stocks end mostly lower after up, down day

NEW YORK -- Stocks are ending mostly lower as traders considered some corporate earnings and deal news.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 7 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 18,060 Wednesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell less than a point to 2,098.

The Nasdaq composite edged up 5 points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,981.

It was the third straight loss for the Dow and S&P 500.

Owens-Illinois jumped 9 percent after saying it would buy a glass container business from the Mexican company Vitro.

DuPont sank 7 percent after billionaire investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund lost a proxy fight against the chemical maker.

Crude oil declined 25 cents to $60.50 a barrel in New York.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.28 percent.

-- Herald staff and wire reports