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Stock Tumble at Bank OZK Attracts Lawsuits This article is available only in print.

Stock Tumble at Bank OZK Attracts Lawsuits

Bank OZK's growing recognition as a lead player on the national commercial lending scene contributed to a burgeoning audience of investors. And that success also heightened the bank's profile as a potential target of lawyers seeking to cash in on a class-action lawsuit on behalf of supposedly wronged investors.
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'Thriving' Brokerage Industry Evolving as Investors Seek Humans This article is available only in print.

Despite the rise of online stock investing, Arkansas has seen a rise in the number of agents licensed to trade securities.
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Simmons Dismisses Lawsuit Against Soul of the South Investors This article is available only in print.

Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff dismissed its lawsuit against investors in the troubled Soul of the South venture without prejudice on Jan. 10.
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Simmons Posts Record Profit for 2018: $215.7M

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff, bulked up by two acquisitions in late 2017, announced Tuesday record net income of $215.7 million for 2018, more than twice its profit in 2017. read more >

To HELOC and Back: Home Equity Lines of Credit Regain Popularity

As home equity lines of credit revive with the rise of house values, local lenders like Arkansas Federal Credit Union expect more. read more >

Integrity CEO Gary Childers: Farmers & Merchants Came Calling

Integrity First Bank of Mountain Home was not actively seeking a buyer when the CEO of Farmers & Merchants Bankshares in Stuttgart rang. read more >

Bad News, Good News And Business Models

Wehco Media is converting two south Arkansas dailies into weeklies, and a hedge fund-owned group is out to buy the big news chain Gannett. read more >

Lynn Wright of Regions on Keeping Loan Growth Within Reach

Lynn Wright, the Little Rock market executive for Regions Bank, says that even with technology, banking is still a “people business.” read more >

Bank OZK Beats Earnings Estimates in 4Q

Bank OZK of Little Rock announces fourth-quarter net income of $115 million, down 21 percent from the same quarter last year, when the company got a big boost from a tax reform plan approved by Congress. read more >

J.B. Hunt Misses Analysts' 4Q Earnings Expectations

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reports fourth-quarter earnings that missed analysts estimates amid a $134 million pre-tax charge related to arbitration with BNSF Railway Co. read more >

P.A.M. Transportation Sees Strong Demand in 4Q

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown reports fourth-quarter net income of $6.1 million, down 81 percent from the same quarter last year, amid non-cash, non-operating losses associated with company investments in equity securities. read more >

Home BancShares Reports $300M in 2018 Net Income, A Record

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway reports record fourth quarter earnings of $71 million. read more >

Beer Makers, Thirsty for Growth, Push Into Cannabis Market

The makers of Budweiser, Coors and other large-scale brewers are placing their bets on cannabis as a way to fight saturated markets and shifting consumer trends. read more >

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