NewsWatch: Amazon’s record holiday sales send stock soaring toward $1 trillion valuation

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Amazon.com Inc. defied its own disappointing forecast and returned to earnings growth in the holiday quarter with more than $3 billion in profit, sending shares soaring toward a $1 trillion valuation in the extended session Thursday. See full story.

Coronavirus update: First U.S. case of person-to-person transmission confirmed, 195 U.S. citizens in isolation and WHO declares a public health emergency

A new U.S. task force led by Health and Human Services chief Alex Azar is the latest effort by officials to prepare for additional cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. See full story.

The No. 1 thing people with fat savings accounts scrimp on that you likely don’t

New research shows that more than four in 10 people who are saving a ton for retirement are slashing this essential expense. See full story.

How the stock market has reacted to State of the Union speeches

President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his third State of the Union address on Tuesday, and the annual speech could come as the Senate is still mulling whether to keep him in office following his impeachment by the House in December. Here’s a look at how the Dow industrials have performed on days after the big presidential speech. See full story.

Tesla shorts ‘trampled,’ face more than $1.5 billion in paper losses

One corner of the market is licking its wounds as Tesla tops $650: Short sellers face more than $1.5 billion in paper losses and a Tesla short squeeze is likely to intensify. See full story.

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Thursday’s Personal Finance Stories. See full story.

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