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Deal struck on Entergy's '17 rate rise

posted: 10/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Entergy Arkansas and the four parties to its request to increase 2017 electric rates have reached a settlement.

Jobless rate up slightly in state

updated: 10/22/2016 3:53 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 4 percent in September after five straight months below 4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

3Q net another record for bank

posted: 10/21/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Home BancShares Inc., which owns Centennial Bank offices in four states, made record net income of $43.6 million in the third quarter, the Conway firm said Thursday.

3Q profit up 8.5% at Simmons First

posted: 10/20/2016 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Simmons First National Corp. earned $23.4 million in the third quarter that ended Sept. 30, up 8.5 percent from $21.6 million for the same period last year, the Pine Bluff firm said Wednesday.

Insurers racing to be ready for driverless cars

posted: 10/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Automotive technology has advanced to the point that some vehicles can operate without a driver, and extensive testing of autonomous vehicles has already begun.

Bank of Ozarks hits a record

posted: 10/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Bank of the Ozarks had record earnings of $76 million for the third quarter, up 65 percent from profit of $46.1 million in the same period last year, the Little Rock bank said Tuesday.

Set rules to 'unlock' solar, PSC urged

posted: 10/05/2016 2:19 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Service Commission should eliminate uncertainty in regulations concerning the use of renewable energy in the state, the chief executive officer of solar energy firm said Tuesday.

Car-Mart stock rises 28.9% in 3Q

posted: 10/01/2016 2:11 a.m. Discuss

America's Car-Mart, the Bentonville-based retailer of used vehicles, had the best return among Arkansas' largest public companies in the third quarter, rising 28.9 percent.

Bank of Ozarks takes No. 2 spot

posted: 10/01/2016 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Arvest Bank remains the largest bank in Arkansas based on deposits in the state, but Bank of the Ozarks jumped ahead of five banks to take the No. 2 spot, according to annual figures released Friday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

3 banks in state 'outstanding' in efficiency

posted: 09/25/2016 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Most banks are considered to be efficient if they operate with an efficiency ratio of 50 percent, said Randy Dennis, president of Little Rock bank consulting firm DD&F Consulting Group.




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