Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Dallas-based Comerica Incorporated today reported second quarter 2010 net income from continuing operations of $70 million, compared to $35 million for the first quarter 2010. Second quarter net income attributable to common shares of $69 million, compared to a net loss attributable to common shares of $71 million for the first quarter 2010, reflected a lower provision for loan losses resulting from continued improvement in credit quality and the benefit of the first quarter 2010 full redemption of $2.25 billion of preferred stock issued to the U.S. Treasury. Second quarter 2010 included a $126 million provision for loan losses, compared to $175 million for the first quarter 2010.
Total assets and common shareholders' equity were $55.9 billion and $5.8 billion, respectively, at June 30, 2010, compared to $57.1 billion and $5.7 billion, respectively, at March 31, 2010. There were approximately 176 million common shares outstanding at June 30, 2010.
In the second quarter 2010, the U.S. Treasury sold 11.5 million warrants to purchase an equal amount of shares of Comerica common stock at $29.40 per share, for $16.00 per warrant.The warrants were originally issued to the U.S. Treasury in connection with Comerica's participation in the Capital Purchase Program.Comerica fully redeemed the $2.25 billion of related preferred stock in March 2010. The sale of the warrants by the U.S. Treasury had no impact on Comerica's equity and the warrants remained outstanding at June 30, 2010.
Comerica's tangible common equity ratio was 10.11 percent at June 30, 2010, an increase of 43 basis points from March 31, 2010. The estimated Tier 1 common ratio was 9.79 percent and the estimated Tier 1 capital ratio was 10.61 percent at June 30, 2010, increases of 22 basis points and 23 basis points, respectively, from March 31, 2010.
Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas which has three major business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management.
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