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Fresh Ebola fears hit airline stocks

DALLAS (AP) — News that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane full of passengers raised fear among airline investors that the scare over the virus could cause travelers to avoid flying.

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Landscape architect behind several TCU landmarks acquired

The Dallas design firm behind several Texas Christian University projects, as well as Globe Life Park in Arlington and AT&T Stadium, has been acquired by Rvi Planning + Landscape Architecture.

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Fort Worth launching Stockyards design task force

The task force, to be chaired by the Fort Worth architect Eric Hahnfeld, would be responsible for confirming the boundaries of the city's planned Stockyards design district and reviewing the work of a consultant.

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Social House Fort Worth plans to open mid-November

Social House has leased 5,045 square feet at 2801-2873 W Seventh St. in Fort Worth, according to Xceligent Inc.

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GE rises most in year with equipment order increases, including at Fort Worth locomotive unit

NEW YORK — General Electric Co. beat analysts' profit estimates in the third quarter as Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt squeezed more costs from the manufacturing units.

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Oil price gain tempered by China growth slowdown


The Associated Press

The price of oil rose Wednesday as Ukraine took action against pro-Russian separatists in its east but slower Chinese growth tempered gains.

Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was up 16 cents at $103.91 a barrel at 0835 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It closed Tuesday at $103.75, down 30 cents.

Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was up 3 cents at $109.39 a barrel.

Market concerns over Ukraine, which sent tanks and troops to reclaim government buildings occupied by pro-Russian gunmen in its eastern region, were offset by slower growth in China. A slump in China's growth could reduce demand for crude.

Officials from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are set to meet in Geneva on Thursday for negotiations aimed at persuading Russia to back off in Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea.

Failing that, EU leaders could meet as early as next week to decide on tighter sanctions on Russia, a major producer of oil and gas that has been accused of fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. Russia is a major energy supplier to Europe.

Data released Wednesday showed China's economy grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter.

That was the slowest pace of expansion since the third quarter of 2012, but slightly higher than the average of analyst forecasts. China's economy, the world's second largest, grew 7.7 percent in the final quarter of last year. Beijing is targeting 7.5 percent growth for 2014.

Expectations of rising U.S. crude oil stockpiles also put a cap on prices. Data for the week ending April 11 is expected to show an increase of 2.4 million barrels in crude oil stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts.

In other energy futures trading in new York:

— Wholesale gasoline fell 0.8 cents to $3.003 a gallon.

— Natural gas fell 2.8 cents to $4.539 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil was up 0.5 cent at $2.992 a gallon.

 

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