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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Oil rises toward $104 ahead of Fed statement
 

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PAMELA SAMPSON, AP Business Writer

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil staged a modest recovery Wednesday, a day after hitting a four-week low, but traders say bigger gains would likely be short-lived.

Benchmark oil for August delivery was up 42 cents to $103.50 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.47 Tuesday to finish at $103.08 per barrel, the lowest closing price since July 3.

Traders are waiting to see if the Energy Department will report another draw in oil supplies after a surprisingly large drop of 30 million barrels over the past month. However, oil supplies remain high compared with the five-year average, and that will constrain the price of crude.

"Energy prices have been supported in recent weeks by renewed optimism about global demand and a revival of concerns about the geopolitical situation in the Middle East. However, we do not expect this to last," Jessica Hinds of Capital Economics said in a commentary.

"On the demand side, although US crude stocks have fallen by more than expected recently, we would be wary of placing too much weight on this development," Hinds said.

Later Wednesday, the Federal Reserve will give an updated assessment of the U.S. economy when it wraps up a two-day meeting in Washington. The government will release the first reading of second-quarter gross domestic product growth. Analysts expect the economy expanded more slowly last quarter compared with the 1.8 percent growth reported for the first three months of the year.

On Friday the release of employment data for July will be examined for hints about future energy demand in the world's No. 1 economy.

Brent crude, which is traded in London, fell 50 cents to $106.41.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline fell 2.7 cents to $2.948 a gallon.

— Heating oil fell 1.4 cents to $2.996 a gallon.

— Natural gas rose 1 cent to $3.442 per 1,000 cubic feet.

 

 

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