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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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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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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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Oil futures above $107 on Iraq fighting 


The Associated Press

Oil rose above $107 a barrel Friday as Iraq's widening insurgency raised the risk that plans to expand oil output from the No. 2 OPEC producer could be derailed.

Oil prices have risen to 10-month highs after an al-Qaida-inspired group vowed to march on Baghdad after capturing two key Iraqi cities this week, including Mosul, which is in an area that is a key gateway for the country's crude.

The violence in Iraq is mostly centered in the country's north, away from the major oil-producing regions of the south. The turmoil hasn't had a big effect on oil exports though it raises concerns about whether Iraq can continue rebuilding its oil infrastructure and boost output to meet global demand.

"The possibility of present supplies being disrupted is a low possibility at the moment. What's more likely is that future production is not going to go up in the near term," said Ryan Huang, market strategist at IG Markets in Singapore.

Iraq's oil production has risen by about a fifth since 2011 to 3.3 million barrels per day, making it the second biggest producer in OPEC.

After rising as high as $107.68, the benchmark U.S. oil contract for July delivery was up 46 cents to $106.99 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by 0555 GMT. On Thursday, the contract jumped $2.13, or 2 percent, to $106.53.

Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, was up 70 cents to $113.12 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline fell 0.7 cent to $3.091 a gallon.

— Natural gas fell 1.6 cents to $4.746 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil added 1.4 cents to $3.00 a gallon.

 

 

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