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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 price weakens ahead of China data

The Associated Press

The price of oil declined Monday as markets waited for the preliminary reading of China's manufacturing for June.

Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was down 56 cents to $105.18 a barrel at 0800 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract closed down 10 cents at $105.74 on Friday.

Brent crude, used to price international oils, slipped 62 cents to $112.68 a barrel in London.

Oil prices were steady going into the weekend as markets grew accustomed to news reports of violence in Iraq where the Iraqi government is trying to wrest back some of the territory it has lost to insurgents, Desmond Chua, a market analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore, said in a commentary. The price of oil rose in recent weeks as investors worried that the surge of violence in the oil-rich country would strain crude supplies.

Earlier on Monday, the extremist group that has seized much of Syria and Iraq declared the establishment of a new Islamic state and demanded allegiance from Muslims worldwide.

On Tuesday, a preliminary reading of Chinese factory activity will give investors the latest gauge of the slowdown in China, the world's biggest energy consumer.

In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:

—Wholesale gasoline drifted down 2.2 cents to $3.052 a gallon.

—Natural gas added 0.6 cent to $4.415 per 1,000 cubic feet.

—Heating oil was down 2.2 cents to $2.982 a gallon.

 

 

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