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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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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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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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Oil above $98 as US economy shows strength


The Associated Press

The price of oil was little changed Friday, remaining above $98 a barrel as signs of stronger recoveries in the U.S. and Japan prompted expectations of greater demand for crude.

Benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery lost 21 cents to $98.02 at 0500 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 87 cents to settle at $98.23 a barrel on Thursday.

Japan reported that factory output rose in December and the consumer price index rose 0.4 percent in 2013, the first increase in five years, in further evidence the world's third-largest economy is gaining strength.

News the U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annualized rate in the last quarter thanks to stronger consumer spending has reaffirmed expectations that 2014 will be the best year since the recession ended 4 ½ years ago.

Extremely cold weather in the U.S. has pushed up demand for heating oil this winter, tightening supplies of distillate fuels, including heating oil, to about a fifth below five-year averages: Heating oil futures fell 1 cents to $3.04 a gallon. They have gained 10 cents since Jan. 14.

Forecasts for milder temperatures have pushed natural gas prices sharply lower after they rose earlier this week to levels last seen four years back. Futures fell 13 cents, or 2.6 percent, to $4.88 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, fell 4 cents to $107.91 a barrel on the ICE exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading in New York:

— Wholesale gasoline was up 1 cent at $2.684 a gallon.

 

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