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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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DR Horton 1Q net jumps 86 percent

 

D.R. Horton, the largest U.S. homebuilder, said Tuesday that its fiscal first-quarter net income jumped 86 percent as selling prices for its houses rose 10 percent to $275,600. Its shares climbed in morning trading.

The company said it saw "pricing power across most of our markets and increased demand from move-up buyers." It said housing market conditions are improving across most of its markets, and the pace of sales increased this month.

The Fort Worth-based company earned $123.2 million, or 36 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Dec. 31. That was up from $66.2 million, or 20 cents per share, during the same period a year earlier. Revenue rose almost 33 percent to $1.64 billion, from $1.23 billion a year earlier.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting a profit of 31 cents per share on revenue of $1.49 billion.

The company said it believes it is "well-positioned to capture demand" in the spring with a strong inventory of homes ready to sell.

Its shares rose $1.33, or 6.4 percent, to $22.27 in morning trading. Its shares are up 14 percent over the past three months.


 

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