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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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D.R. Horton sees fiscal 2Q increases in prices, orders

Fort Worth-based D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI), saw prices and orders increase during its fiscal second quarter.


D.R.Horton, the largest U.S. homebuilder by revenue, said net income increased to $131 million, or 38 cents a share, in the three months ended March 31, compared with $111 million, or 32 cents, a year earlier. Analysts were expecting earnings of about 34 cents a share.
Homebuilding revenue for the company increased to $1.7 billion in the fiscal second quarter from $1.39 billion a year earlier. The company said it sold 6,194 homes, up from 5,643 a year earlier. Orders for new homes increased to 8,569 from 7,879.


“Housing market conditions remain favorable, and as expected, the pace and strength of the improvement varies significantly across our local operating markets,” said Donald R. Horton, chairman of the board,, in a statement. “Our broad geographic footprint, diversified product offerings, solid balance sheet and robust finished lot supply put us in a strong position to capture demand and increase revenues and profitability in the second half of our fiscal year."
"Our homebuilding and financial services operations delivered a great quarter, highlighted by pre-tax income of $201.9 million and a pre-tax income margin of 11.6 percent,” he said.

Horton also noted that the dollar value of the company’s homes sold, closed and in backlog all increased by double-digit percentages and that the company’s net sales orders in the March quarter were up 57 percent sequentially from the December quarter and up 9 percent from the March quarter last year. Average sales prices were up too, increasing 10 percent to $278,900.
 

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