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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 falls on China factory data, Russia troop move 


TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press

The price of oil fell Tuesday, dented by soft Chinese manufacturing figures and Russia's withdrawal of a small number of troops from the forces massed along its border with Ukraine.

Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was down 29 cents to $101.29 a barrel at 0825 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 9 cents to $101.58 on Monday as markets kept an eye on talks between the U.S. and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of oil, fell 7 cents to $107.69 a barrel on the ICE exchange in London.

Ric Spooner of CMC Markets in Sydney said two Chinese manufacturing surveys released Tuesday showed "downside risks" to China's economy

The manufacturing index by the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing ticked up to 50.3 in March from 50.2 in February. But economists said the increase should have been a lot stronger because factories typically return to full speed in March after shutting for the extended Lunar New Year holiday, which begins in either January or February each year.

The index uses a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate expansion.

China's economy has slowed after a decade of red-hot expansion as the country's leaders try to reduce reliance on trade and investment and encourage growth based on domestic spending.

Spooner said reports that Russia pulled out a battalion of troops from the Ukrainian border also "may induce a little bit of trader selling" on hopes the crisis is easing. But one must be wary of such short-term announcements, he said. Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, its troop buildup near Ukraine's border and its attempts to compel constitutional changes in Ukraine have raised tensions with the West and prompted fears that Moscow intends to invade other areas of its neighbor.

Oil prices have been supported by the possibility that economic sanctions against Russian officials and businessmen could expand to affect Russia's energy sector.

In other energy futures trading in New York:

— Wholesale gasoline fell 0.7 cent to $2.911 a gallon

— Natural gas was down 1 cent at $4.361 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil eased 0.2 cent to $2.928 a gallon.

 

 

 

 

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