Houston Chronicle: Business

  • At a glance: List of vehicle models with problem air bags
    Wednesday - 10/22/2014 - 05:00 PM

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded the number of vehicles and manufacturers covered by a warning about air bags. The agency is urging owners to get air bags repaired due to the potential danger to drivers and passengers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The 25 Biggest Landowners In The US
    Tuesday - 10/21/2014 - 02:43 PM

    America's 100 biggest landowners increased their private holdings by 500,000 acres in the past year, according to The Land Report, which just released its annual list of landowners by acreage.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 10/19/2014 - 02:25 AM

    Equalizer International, a provider of flange maintenance tools for the energy industry, has appointed John Morgan as its managing director.

    Evans R.

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  • The Motley Fool: Individual stocks can help enhance your portfolio
    Wednesday - 10/15/2014 - 12:03 AM

    Some mutual funds alone can provide sufficient diversification, as they're invested in several hundred different securities.

    If you instead own Sisyphus through a mutual fund, where it represents a fraction of a percent of the fund's value, its surge will make less of a difference.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 10/12/2014 - 02:27 AM

    State and Federal Taxes for Sole Proprietors: 9-11:30 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    The Language of Bids and Proposals: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    Houston Minority Supplier Development Council Minority-Owned Business Certification: 9-11 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 10/10/2014 - 10:30 PM

    Stock splits this week

    Panhandle Oil & Gas 2-for-1

    Diplomat Pharmacy Inc (IPO)

    Eagle Point Credit Co Inc (IPO)

    NASDAQ Global and Global Select Markets

    Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc (IPO)

    MOL GLobal Inc ADS (IPO)

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  • Life and death: Earn more, earn longer
    Tuesday - 10/07/2014 - 11:05 PM

    The complexities also go well beyond the nuances of benefit-taking decisions that armies of salesmen offering free dinners are eager to help us make.

    [...] the more you earn, the more likely some aspects of Social Security will irk you.

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  • Conn's considers putting itself up for sale
    Monday - 10/06/2014 - 10:11 AM

    Conn's, The Woodlands-based chain that sells home applicances, consumer electronics and furniture, may put it upself for sale or make other big changes to try to increase its valus to shareholders, the company said Monday.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 10/05/2014 - 02:45 AM

    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Online Marketing Strategies: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business?: Conducted in Spanish.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 10/03/2014 - 09:26 PM

    Increased dividends

    Extra or special dividends

    Stock splits this week

    Announced spinoff

    Annual earnings higher

    GAAP fully diluted

    MDC Holdings 5.375pc notes due 7-1-2015 Oct. 27

    Acquired by private equity

    AAC Holdings (IPO)

    FMSA Holdings (IPO)

    JP Energy Partners (IPO)

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  • Are we quitting at the wrong time?
    Tuesday - 10/21/2014 - 11:26 PM

    The question jumped off the page from a single table in a 2005 issue of the Social Security Bulletin: Coping With the Demographic Challenge: The article discussed a now-familiar issue, the problems we will face as the number of retirees increases much faster than the number of workers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 10/20/2014 - 02:33 AM

    Real estate transactions

    Rice recently completed the acquisition of the Village Arcade, a 164,211-square-foot property spanning multiple blocks on the north side of University Boulevard east of Kirby, from Weingarten Realty Investors.

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  • The performance management lottery ticket
    Wednesday - 10/15/2014 - 12:03 AM

    [...] Ellis observes, the true cost is even higher.

    Because indexing consistently delivers the market return at no more than the market level of risk," he writes, "the informed realist's definition of the fee for active management is the incremental fee as a percentage of incremental returns after adjusting for risk.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 10/13/2014 - 02:26 AM

    Real estate transactions

    John Ferruzzo and Travis Land of NAI Houston represented the seller, Steadfast Development Co.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 10/12/2014 - 02:27 AM

    Melanie M. Trenthas been promoted to executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer Rowan Cos.

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  • Hilton selling Waldorf Astoria New York for $1.95B
    Wednesday - 10/08/2014 - 11:20 AM

    (AP) — Hilton Worldwide is selling the Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion.

    The Waldorf Astoria New York, on Park Avenue in Manhattan, opened in 1931, according to the company's website.

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  • Pot entrepreneurs in Houston looking for investors
    Monday - 10/06/2014 - 01:25 PM

    Joseph DiMasi said electricity costs for indoor growing lighting and heat removal can make up a third of the final wholesale cost of a product. Leighton said managers began doing due diligence on the prospects for a fund to invest in marijuana-related businesses in November 2012, when a medical marijuana initiative passed in Massachusetts.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 10/06/2014 - 02:34 AM

    District & Urban, an entity of Greater Houston Group, has purchased the former Wal-Mart, a 126,000-square-foot neighborhood center at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, from 9669 FM 1960 LP, an entity of Stone Liquidators Group Corp.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 10/05/2014 - 02:45 AM

    Topic: 3-D Digital Mammography: A New View on Breast Cancer Screening.

    Five Houston leaders will share what they see as trends driving venture investments, lessons for entrepreneurs and its impact on Houston.

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  • Supercharged Corvette can go 0-60 in 2.95 seconds
    Thursday - 10/02/2014 - 06:20 PM

    GM spokesman Monte Doran says GM believes it to be the first front-engine, rear-wheel-drive production car to break the three-second barrier.

    The Z06 that achieved the times is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

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  • At a glance: List of models with problem air bags
    Wednesday - 10/22/2014 - 05:00 PM

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded the number of vehicles and manufacturers covered by a warning about air bags.

    The agency is urging owners to get air bags repaired due to the potential danger to drivers and passengers.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 10/19/2014 - 02:26 AM

    Business calendar

    Pioneer Oil Producers Society:

    Today's offshore salvage and decommissioning systems limit human involvement and risk.

    International Trade Center:

    Bill Huff, business development partner, Adizes Institute, a business consultant specializing in change management, leadership development, solving difficult financing and operating situations.

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  • Local unemployment rate dips to 4.9 percent
    Friday - 10/17/2014 - 11:06 AM

    The local rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as school closings and major holidays which can affect hiring and firing patterns.

    [...] the local unemployment rate is subject to wide swings.

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  • Small-business Q&A: Trade show success is both on the floor and the follow-up
    Monday - 10/13/2014 - 12:19 AM

    Do you want to generate a certain number of qualified leads, introduce new products, make on-site sales or simply increase your exposure in the marketplace?

    Advertise in your industry publication, issue a news release and send personal invitations to hot prospects.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 10/12/2014 - 02:27 AM

    Association of Contingency Planners - South Texas Chapter:

    Services Cooperative Association:

    Houston CrossRoads Business Building Breakfast. 7:15-8:30 a.m., H.E.S.S. Club, 5430 Westheimer.

    Stephani Brand, vice president and branch manager, and Vicki Byrd, both with Charles Schwab.

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  • KROI (92.1 FM) announces format change, lays off 47 workers
    Wednesday - 10/08/2014 - 11:20 AM

    KROI (92.1 FM), the all-news station owned by Radio One, said today it has ceased news operations and the station's 47 employees have been laid off.

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  • The Motley Fool: Stocks offer two ways to profit
    Tuesday - 10/07/2014 - 06:46 PM

    There are two main ways to make money in stocks: via dividends and stock price appreciation.

    A company may pay no dividend (often because it's still trying to grow rapidly and is plowing excess cash back into the business), but its stock price might increase substantially over time, if it's executing its strategies well.

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  • Small-business Q&A: Don't need a business plan? Think again
    Sunday - 10/05/2014 - 02:45 AM

    "Every successful business has a business model defined by a good idea and good resources," says Dick Hall, entrepreneur, author of business planning books and SCORE Houston mentor.

    Once you've defined a business model that demonstrates that you can succeed, then it's much easier to produce a written business plan.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 10/05/2014 - 02:45 AM

    P3 Petroleum announced the appointment of John Hoffman to chief executive officer, Lisa Hixson to chief financial officer and Mary Patterson to chief of staff.

    Commercial real estate firm JLL announced two hires on its capital markets team.

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  • Supercharged Corvette can go 0-60 in 2.95 seconds
    Thursday - 10/02/2014 - 05:15 PM

    GM spokesman Monte Doran says GM believes it to be the first front-engine, rear-wheel-drive production car to break the three-second barrier.

    The Z06 that achieved the times is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share