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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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Crude oil slightly down ahead of US jobs report


The Associated Press

The price of oil fell slightly Friday as market players readied for the release of a crucial U.S. jobs report.

Benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery was down 16 cents at $97.68 a barrel at 0630 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 46 cents to close at $97.84 a barrel on Thursday, boosted by a positive report on the U.S. labor market and colder temperatures.

Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, rose 12 cents at $107.31 a barrel.

"I think the market is waiting for the U.S. non-farm payrolls figure tonight," said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney, Australia. He said market players may be "positioning and book squaring prior to the jobs figure."

With chilly temperatures across the middle of the U.S. and into the Northeast, demand for heating oil remains strong. That should boost refinery demand for crude oil.

Spooner said he did not expect a lot of movement in the oil price if the jobs figure is not too far away from expectations or even a bit away, given the cold weather that has kept oil prices steady over recent weeks.

The Labor Department said Thursday the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects.

In other energy futures trading in New York:

— Wholesale gasoline rose 0.6 cents to $2.689 a gallon.

— Natural gas was down 2.4 cents at $4.955 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil price rose 1.1 cents at $3.006 a gallon.

 

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