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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 hovers near $100 on hopes of US recovery


The Associated Press

Oil hovered near $100 a barrel Monday on hopes that the U.S. economic recovery can be sustained despite January's poor payrolls report.

Benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery was down 9 cents to $99.79 a barrel at 0830 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil gained $2.04 to close at $99.88 on Friday.

The Labor Department reported that 113,000 jobs were created in January, far below market expectations of 175,000 jobs. This followed a weak 75,000 jobs created in December.

But unemployment dipped to 6.6 percent, the lowest rate since the global financial crisis hit in late 2008, and more people sought jobs. It suggested that people are feeling better about their prospects and that hiring was depressed by the bad weather.

The mixed data also saw some investors hoping that the Federal Reserve may put off plans to further reduce its stimulus.

Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, fell 53 cents to $109.04 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading in New York:

— Wholesale gasoline added 0.6 cent to $2.743 a gallon.

— Heating oil shed 1.2 cents to $3.039 a gallon.

— Natural gas lost 6.5 cents to $4.71 per 1,000 cubic feet.

 

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