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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 price little changed near $97 a barrel


The Associated Press

The price of oil inched up Monday but gains were tempered by the prospect of a further reduction in U.S. central bank stimulus.

Benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery was up 8 cents at $96.72 a barrel at 0520 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 68 cents to settle at $96.64 a barrel on Friday.

The Federal Reserve meets for two days from Tuesday. Officials are widely expected to reduce the central bank's monthly bond buying that has underpinned an economic recovery.

So far, the reduction has been minimal. The Fed has cut the amount of bonds it buys each month by $10 billion to $75 billion but many economists think the stimulus could end this year if the U.S. economic recovery gains steam.

The International Monetary Fund's managing director Christine Lagarde warned over the weekend of the risks posed to global economic recovery from phasing out the U.S. stimulus too rapidly and deflation in Europe.

Also, less monetary easing in the U.S. could boost the dollar, making oil less affordable for holders of other currencies.

Slowing growth in China was another factor weighing on oil prices. Preliminary results of a survey released last week showed China's manufacturing would contract in January.

Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was down 36 cents at $107.52 on the ICE exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline was down 0.4 cent at $2.666 a gallon.

— Natural gas rose 2.4 cents to $5.421 per 1,000 cubic feet

— Heating oil was up 0.2 cent at $3.018 a gallon.

 

 

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