Investments Archive

Janet Yellen Reiterates Fed's Patience in Raising Rates

by Associated Press 2/24/2015 11:24 am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but for now the Fed is sticking with patience in raising interest rates because the labor market is still healing and inflation is too low.

Pension Charge At Windstream Contributes to 4Q Loss

by Sean Beherec 2/24/2015 07:09 am

A non-cash charge related to the company's pension plan pushed Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock into the red in its fourth quarter, resulting a net loss of $77.5 million, 13 cents per share.

Dillard's 4Q Net Income Up 9.5 Percent, Same-Store Sales Up 3 Percent

by Lance Turner 2/23/2015 03:19 pm

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $130.5 million, up 9.5 percent from $119.1 million.

Merger Match Brings on Ken Clark as 'Chief Storyteller'

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 10:17 am

Clark will consult with co-founders Bridget Farris and Alese Stroud and lead the development of strategic relationships for Merger Match's proprietary corporate acquisitions assessment tool.

KA on IA: Kristian Andersen on the Future of Arkansas Techpreneurship

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Kristian Andersen talks the future role of Innovate Arkansas and what's ahead for tech-based entrepreneurship in Arkansas. The next step? Developing homegrown talent, he says.

What's It Worth to You? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/23/2015 12:00 am

There's a big difference between Chinese buyers of high-end wines and their Western competitors, according to documentarian Warwick Ross: The Western buyers bought wines as investments, which limited the prices they were willing to pay. The Chinese bought them to drink and to give as gifts.

Conway Hopes To Lure Business to New Airport at Cantrell Field

by Sean Beherec 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Nearly six months after the opening of the new Conway municipal airport, the facility is already buzzing with activity. The planners behind the project have also set their sights on the next steps to grow its role in the state and attract business.

Wal-Mart Battles Manhattan Church Concerned About Firearm Sales

by Mark Friedman 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has asked the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to toss out a ruling that would force the retailer to let shareholders vote on a proposal from a Manhattan Episcopal church concerned about firearm sales.

Windstream Stockholders Approve REIT Spinoff Measures

by Sean Beherec 2/20/2015 10:13 am

Both proposals, which lay the groundwork for the spinoff of certain assets into a separate company, passed with more than 90 percent of the vote.

Warren Stephens On $102 Million Media Sale: 'Outstanding' Return on Investment

by Sean Beherec 2/19/2015 04:02 pm

New Media Investment Group Inc. said Thursday that it will purchase "substantially all of the assets of Stephens Media" for $102.5 million in cash. Stephens Media is jointly owned by Warren Stephens and his cousins, Witt Stephens Jr. and Elizabeth Stephens Campbell.

Wal-Mart Beats 4Q Profit Forecasts

by Associated Press 2/19/2015 07:50 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reports fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $4.97 billion.

Bear State Financial Merges 3 Bank Charters

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/18/2015 02:19 pm

Bear State Financial Inc. of Little Rock, the holding company for First Federal Bank, First National Bank and Heritage Bank, said it completed a merger of all three bank charters under one name, Bear State Bank.

XCelerate Capital Invests $250k in ARK Challenge Alum Tagless Style

by Mark Carter 2/16/2015 12:01 pm

Rod Ford's new Little Rock early-stage seed fund XCelerate Capital has invested $250,000 in Tagless Style, the ARK Challenge and Innovate Arkansas firm that partnered with Goodwill of Arkansas to "upcycle" second-hand clothes.

Valuing John Rogers Assets an ‘Interesting' Exercise

by George Waldon 2/16/2015 12:00 am

A $59 million offer to buy the photo archives and sports memorabilia collected by John Rogers has proven as ethereal as the wondrous asset valuations the embattled businessman once proclaimed.

Turner Grain's Dale Bartlett Claims Ignorance in Company's Collapse

by Mark Friedman 2/16/2015 12:00 am

As his creditors' claims have grown exponentially, Dale C. Bartlett has sworn in bankruptcy court that he had no idea what caused the collapse last summer of Turner Grain Merchandising of Brinkley, the business he co-owned until a year ago.

Bill Would Regulate Grain Traders

by Mark Friedman 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas legislators are working to get a bill ready that would regulate grain traders, said state Sen. Ronald Caldwell, R-Wynne.

Central Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas declined in the fourth quarter, Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange said in its latest report.

The Perfect Arkansas Business Story (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/16/2015 12:00 am

I was reminded of David Allan Coe's recording of Steve Goodman's perfect country and western song when I saw the truly astonishing traffic to the ArkansasBusiness.com website generated by last week's story on the Dunklin family land feud.

Making Change: Social Entrepreneurs on a Mission (Whitney Horton Commentary)

by Whitney Horton 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Businesses have had social impact for a long time, creating jobs and tax revenue for their communities. Yet social entrepreneurs are not content with the rising tide lifting all boats; instead, they go into business with a specific cause in mind.

Dennis Hunt To Manage Public Finance Division at Stephens Inc.

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Dennis Hunt has been named executive vice president and manager of Stephens Inc.'s public finance division in Little Rock. He succeeds Mark McBryde, who is stepping down after serving 20 years in the position.