Early Afternoon Update

Homebuilders nationwide remain pessimistic, according to a key gauge, and want federal help. [MSNBC via TRD]

More on the credit troubles of mall owners, including South Street Seaport developer General Growth Properties. [WSJ]

Goldman Sachs posts its first quarterly loss since going public in 1999. [Crains]

Cushman & Wakefield picked to market the new Alexandria Center for Science and Technology at the planned East River Science Park. [GlobeSt] Early Afternoon Update