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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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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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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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Oil above $103 after China manufacturing improves
 


The Associated Press

Oil prices rose Monday on the prospect of increased demand from China after data showed an improvement in manufacturing.

Benchmark U.S. oil for July delivery was up 58 cents to $103.29 a barrel at 0630 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 87 cents to close at $102.71 on Friday.

Chinese data showed Sunday that manufacturing grew for the third consecutive month in May, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing.

The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said that its monthly manufacturing index rose to 50.8 points in May on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity expanding. It was the index's highest level this year.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, added 34 cents to $109.75 a barrel in London.

Traders are focused on U.S. jobs data set to be released later in the week that could prop up expectations for higher demand.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline inched up 1.3 cents to $2.985 a gallon.

— Natural gas rose 2.7 cents to $4.569 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil gained 0.7 cent to $2.895 a gallon.

 

 

 

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