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While you were sleeping: Relief on China rate cut

August 26, 2015
National Business Review

Wall Street rose, rebounding from Monday's sell-off, as investors reassessed valuations after China's central bank cut rates yet again in an effort to contain the country's economic slowdown. "We had a panic yesterday," Chicago’s Performance Trust Capital Partners director of trading Brian Battle told Reuters. "As people get back in the market, they're questioning what everything is worth."

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Wall Street's sharp rally loses its edge

August 25, 2015
Philly Voice

Wall Street rallied on Tuesday as investors bought beaten-down stocks a day after fears about China's economy sent the market into its worst slump in four years. Investors drove prices sharply higher from the opening bell but caution set in by the afternoon due to lingering concerns that a slowdown in China could hobble global growth, even after the country's central bank cut interest rates on Tuesday for the second time in two months. "We had a panic yesterday. As people get back in the market, they're questioning what everything is worth, said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago.

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Allegiance Bancshares makes plans to go public

August 25, 2015
Houston Chronicle

Despite this week's stock market turbulence and the fall of oil prices below $40, Houston-based Allegiance Bancshares is launching an initial public offering.

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Chicago Ties Expected to Cost Park District in Deal

August 25, 2015
The Bond Buyer

The Chicago Park District heads to market Thursday with $88 million of double-A rated debt that market participants say should offer up some alluring yield premiums due to the troubled Chicago name. The district's highest rating of AA-plus comes from Standard & Poor's with Kroll Bond Rating Agency putting the district at AA and Fitch Ratings assigning its AA-minus rating. All three affirmed the ratings and their stable outlook. The deal should price cheaper "because of the radioactivity of Chicago and its name," said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners.

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Houston banks Prosperity, Tradition agree to merge

August 6, 2015
Houston Chronicle

After an acquisition hiatus, Prosperity Bancshares jumped back in the ring Thursday by announcing plans to acquire Tradition Bancshares.

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