Arkansas Business: All stocks down after mixed corp. earnings

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Stock starting the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings.

Nearly a third of the companies in the S&P 500 index will hand in their quarterly results this week -- including such heavyweights as Apple on Tuesday, Boeing on Wednesday and Amazon on Thursday.

Among Arkansas companies, Deltic Timber of El Dorado will report earnings on Wednesday.

Fort Smith leading in economic health

The city of Fort Smith is once again leading a monthly measure of economic health put out by Arkansas Tech University of Russellville.

Fort Smith lead the Arkansas Tech Business Index for the second straight month.

Fort Smith was driven to the top spot with high marks in retail sales and the housing market. It also saw high ratings in the labor market and construction.

The index, which provides a snapshot of the economic activity in Arkansas, is based around a rating of 100.

A city above 100 is better than the state average from 2009 to present. Fort Smith scored 106.99.

Fayetteville was next at 104.82, and Rogers was third at 104.53.

Conway and Jonesboro were the only other cities to be above 100. Little Rock came in under the state average in April at 99-point-24.

UALR School of Law reducing fall enrollment

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law says it's reducing its enrollment for the fall because of the tight job market for new attorneys.

For the fall of 2013, there were 139 students enrolled in UALR's law school -- it's expecting between 125 and 130 students this fall.

Nine months after graduating, only 51 percent of UALR's 2013 graduating class was employed in long-term, full-time positions requiring bar passage, according to statistics from the American Bar Association.

That compared with 60.4 percent for the graduating class of 2012.


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