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Sweet: ‘A Pure Arkansas-Flavored Investment' for Arkansas Teachers Retirement System

Sweet: ‘A Pure Arkansas-Flavored Investment' for Arkansas Teachers Retirement System

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the state's largest pension fund, has invested about $73 million in 14,580 acres of cropland since it began building its roster of farm holdings four years ago.
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ArcBest Increases Dividend; ABF Freight Raises Rates

The board of directors of ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith says the company is increasing its quarterly cash dividend from 3 cents per share to 6 cents per share.
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Magnolia Banking Makes Texas Play in $31.8M Deal

The holding company of $884 million-asset Farmers Bank & Trust of Magnolia should complete the purchase of First National Bancshares of Hempstead County Inc. of Hope before year's end. First National is the parent company of the $310.3 million-asset 1st Bank of Texarkana, Texas.
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US Economy Grew at 3.5 Percent Rate in 3Q

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years. read more >

Murphy Profit Slips Amid Falling Oil Prices

Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado reports a decline in third-quarter profit as oil prices fell amid weaker demand. The company reported quarterly net income of $245.7 million or $1.37 per share, down about 14 percent from $284.8 million or $1.51 per share in the same quarter last year. Results beat analysts' expectations. read more >

Fed Keeps Rate at Record Low, Ends Bond Buying

The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low. It's also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low. read more >

ASU's Zhou Receives ASTA Grant for Novel Cancer Research

Hong Zhou of Arkansas State University has received an Arkansas Science & Technology Authority grant of $43,374 to fund his research into early detection and prevention of skin cancer. read more >

P.A.M. Transportation 3Q Net Income Doubles to $5M

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown reported its second consecutive quarter of record earnings per share Tuesday. read more >

Mountain Pure Has New Owner After Stacks Conviction

John B. Stacks' rough year continued last week when his Mountain Pure operations were handed over to a new owner after a foreclosure auction on the steps of the Pulaski County Courthouse. read more >

Dominik Mjartan New CEO at for Southern Bancorp Community Partners

SBCP is a development finance partner organization of Southern Bancorp Inc. As its CEO, Mjartan succeeds Tanya Wright, who will continue with SBCP in an executive role. He will also continue to help manage corporate strategy and other corporate functions for the holding company as executive vice president. read more >

Turner Grain Collapse Prompts Legislation

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is working on legislation to prevent companies like Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley from suffering similar collapses that cost farmers millions of dollars. read more >

Simmons First 3Q Earnings Up 27 Percent

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports third-quarter earnings of $8.8 million, or 52 cents per share, up 27 percent from $6.9 million, or 43 cents per share, during the same quarter last year. Simmons also reported “core earnings” of $10.7 million, up 45 percent from the same quarter last year. read more >

Thomas Longe Appointed to Home BancShares Board of Directors

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, the parent company Centennial Bank of Conway, has appointed Thomas J. Longe to its board of directors. read more >

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