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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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Buffett buys into another local company: Exxon

James O'Toole


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Warren Buffett is betting big on Exxon Mobil.

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway revealed Thursday that as of September 30, it held a stake of roughly 40 million Exxon shares. That stake would be worth $3.74 billion at Thursday's closing price.

The disclosure came on a day when investment managers made filings detailing their third-quarter holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Exxon is the world's second largest company by market capitalization after Apple, and Berkshire's stake only amounts to about 1% of the firm.

Berkshire trimmed its stake in another big oil producer, ConocoPhillips.

Elsewhere in the investment world, Carl Icahn revealed the size of his previously announced Apple stake, worth $2.05 billion as of Thursday's close.

John Paulson, who made a fortune betting against the housing market, revealed an $88 million stake in FedEx. Fellow hedge fund celebrity Dan Loeb also announced this week that his firm, Third Point, had taken a stake in the shipping giant.

Loeb's FedEx stake was worth $272 million as of Thursday's close.

Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital sold its massive J.C. Penney stake in the third quarter, taking a loss of nearly $500 million. But a trio of other large hedge funds -- Jana Partners, Appaloosa Management and Farallon Capital Management -- revealed small stakes in the ailing retailer.

 

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