NewsWatch: 4 charts that show why a stock-market rally has taken hold on Wall Street in February

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Stocks are levitating higher on Wall Street, with major benchmarks and a few market gauges offering some more definitive signs that a rally that took hold in January may give way to a more lasting uptrend. See full story.

Bill Gates: Tax plans like Ocasio-Cortez’s are ‘extreme’ and ‘missing the picture’

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft, doesn’t have a problem with the idea of raising taxes on the rich, but he also believes “extreme” proposals like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% marginal tax rate on income over $10 million are “missing the big picture.” See full story.

New Social Security bill retains — and even enhances — benefits

It raises enough new revenue to more than restore long-run balance. See full story.

Cannabis stocks rally after Aurora posts first earnings of December quarter

Cannabis stocks were higher across the board on Tuesday, as investors digested the first earnings reports of the season and a first look at a pot banking bill that Democrats are hoping to pass in 2019. See full story.

West Coast real estate is now so expensive that married couples are moving in with multiple roommates

The number of married couples living with roommates has doubled since 1995, new report finds See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

Consumer demand for credit appears to be declining. See full story.

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