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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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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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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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Oil price rises toward $105 as supplies drop 

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PAMELA SAMPSON, AP Business Writer

 

BANGKOK (AP) — A drop in oil supplies and positive Chinese trade figures helped boost the price of oil on Thursday.

Benchmark crude for September delivery was up 10 cents to $104.47 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 93 cents to close at $104.37 a barrel on the Nymex on Wednesday.

China's exports and imports both increased last month, beating expectations and representing a strong recovery from June's slump. That suggested growth in the world's No. 2 economy might eventually pick up following months of sluggishness.

Separately, U.S. oil inventories fell by nearly 3.7 million barrels to 366.3 million barrels for the week ending Aug. 2, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Analysts were expecting a drop of 2 million barrels, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill.

On Wednesday, the U.S. government reported a smaller decline. The Energy Information Agency said crude supplies fell 1.3 million barrels last week.

Brent crude, traded on the ICE Futures exchange in London, fell 8 cents to $107.36 a barrel.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Heating oil fell 0.1 cent to $2.964 a gallon.

— Natural gas fell 1.2 cents to $3.235 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Wholesale gasoline rose 0.2 cents to $2.873 a gallon.

 

 

 

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