Investments Archive

Investment Fraud: Anyone Can Be a Victim

by Mark Friedman 8/15/2016 12:00 am

A recent study found that, between 2005 and 2015, about 7 percent of financial advisers had a record of misconduct.

The Truth Is Out There (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/15/2016 12:00 am

This keeps me awake at night: The knowledge that there are important stories of value and interest to my readers, or of importance to our community or our country, that aren't being reported because news organizations don't know about them and there might not be enough warm bodies to do the work even if we did.

Power and Pain of Consensus (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Mainstream, action-oriented leadership thinkers tend to hate the idea of consensus, opting instead for rapid-fire, quick-decision meetings. The efficiency of pushing quickly for a clear path forward is hard to resist; however, it often steps over or forces underground the kind of resistance that will kill a new idea or initiative — but usually not until most of the time and money are spent.

Unemployment Rates in Arkansas Cities Vary Widely

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Unemployment rates rose slightly in Arkansas metro areas in June, but rates are still lower than a year ago, notes Michael Pakko, chief economist at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

SpotRight's Todd Greer on the Marketing Dynamics of Social Media

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Todd Greer heads SpotRight, a consumer insights and analytics company based in Little Rock and Boulder. He previously spent 15 years at Acxiom Corp., serving as SVP responsible for its global data line of business, which represented almost one-third of Acxiom's $1 billion-plus annual revenue.

Dillard's Same-Store Sales Down 5 Percent, Net Income Down 59 Percent

by Lance Turner 8/11/2016 03:31 pm

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock reports another tough quarter marked by declining sale-store sales and net income. "The challenges facing apparel retailers continued through the second quarter, and our poor results reflect this," CEO William Dillard says.

CS&L Swings to 2Q Loss

by Lance Turner 8/11/2016 10:31 am

Communications Sales & Leasing Inc. of Little Rock reports a $1.5 million second-quarter loss as it closes one acquisition and prepares to take on another. Revenue was a $188.6 million, up 46 percent from the same quarter last year.

NanoMech Adds Bran Ferren to Board of Advisers

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/10/2016 11:16 am

NanoMech of Springdale says Bran Ferren has joined its board of advisers and is a significant investor in the company.

Murphy Oil Gains Access to $1.2B in Revolving Credit

by Kyle Massey 8/10/2016 08:09 am

Murphy Oil Corp., the El Dorado petroleum exploration and production giant, says it has commitments from its bankers and new lenders for $1.2 billion in revolving credit.

NanoMech Announces New Adviser, Investor John White

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/9/2016 10:22 am

NanoMech of Springdale announced on Monday that John White, who holds a Ph.D., has been appointed to its board of advisers and is now a significant investor in the company.

Aiming to Jolt Online Business, Wal-Mart Buys Retailer Jet.com for $3B

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 8/8/2016 07:50 am

Wal-Mart has agreed to buy fast-growing online retail newcomer Jet.com, which had launched with a splash a year ago when it announced its intention to challenge online leader Amazon. The deal marks a major move for Wal-Mart, which is realizing that it needs to compete more aggressively in the online world.

Tyson Foods 3Q Net Income Up 41 Percent

by Marty Cook 8/8/2016 07:12 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reports third-quarter net income of $484 million, up 41 percent from the same quarter last year, and raises earnings estimates for the fiscal year.

Ascendant Raises Money for Breast Cancer Tests Nurtured by UAMS Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/8/2016 12:00 am

A Springdale company is raising $5 million to move forward with its plans to sell breast cancer screening tests.

Ten Arkansas Business Icons Have Stories to Tell

by Gwen Moritz 8/8/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas Business presents these ten Arkansas business icons as a way to acquaint readers with the personalities behind some of the most familiar names in our state's business community.

What's Your Legacy? (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/8/2016 12:00 am

Even among Arkansas Business' largely affluent readers, few have the resources to make million-dollar donations, but many of our readers are business owners and employers, and every job they provide supports an individual or a family.

Damon Meyer Joins Crews & Associates as VP (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/8/2016 12:00 am

Damon Meyer has joined Crews & Associates of Little Rock as vice president for fixed-income compliance.

Windstream Holdings Reports $1.5M in 2Q Net Income

by Sarah Campbell 8/4/2016 07:05 am

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock swung from a $111 million second-quarter loss last year to a $1.5 million profit, the publicly traded telecommunications firm reported Thursday.

Murphy Oil Corp. Lowers Quarterly Dividend to 25 Cents a Share

by Kyle Massey 8/3/2016 04:17 pm

The oil exploration and production giant, based in El Dorado, calls the dividend cut a "difficult but prudent" decision.

Murphy USA Reports $46M Profit in Strong 2Q

by Kyle Massey 8/3/2016 04:13 pm

The El Dorado-based company more than doubles its half-year profits from 2015, citing strong retail fuel results. CEO Andrew Clyde also cited "record merchandise margins" as the company continues to add stores.

FIS, Governor Extend VC FinTech Accelerator Program to 2018

by Sarah Campbell 8/3/2016 02:43 pm

FIS of Jacksonville, Florida, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday that they aim to extend the VC FinTech Accelerator program until 2018.