LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) - Just two months after recovering the last of its losses from the financial crisis, the Dow closing above 15,000 for the first time.
Good economic reports, strong corporate earnings and fresh support from central banks have eased investors' concerns about another economic slowdown.
In all, Wall Street has climbed almost 15 percent since Jan. 1st. Analysts attributed the rise to a spike in confidence on better job growth numbers and improvements in the housing market.
2 Arkansas companies hold shareholders' meetings
Here in Arkansas today, two shareholders' meetings for a pair of Arkansas public companies.
Windstream Corp. of Little Rock, now a newly minted Fortune 500 company, will hold its annual meeting at 11 a.m. today at the Capital Hotel. And Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado, also a Fortune 500 firm, will have its meeting at 10 a.m. in El Dorado.
Murphy announced on Monday that Roger Jenkins will take over as company CEO later this year.
The move will come after the oil company spins off its chain of gas stations into a separate, publicly traded company.
Former Gov. Huckabee deciding if to stay on radio
Also: former Arkansas governor and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is mulling his future in radio.
In a story in this week's Arkansas Business newspaper, Huckabee, whose Cumulus Media radio show is on more than 250 stations throughout the country, says he'll decide this month whether to sign on for another year of the broadcast.
In addition to the daily, three-hour radio show, Huckabee has a weekly show on Fox News and writes content for websites and e-newsletters.
Huckabee also telling Arkansas Business that he's keeping his options open for another presidential run.
While he says he hasn't been intensely considering, he said says it's option he's continuing to keep open, at least for the next year or so.