NewsWatch: The stock market just got off to its best start in 13 years

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 index and Nasdaq Composite Index are off to their best starts to a year since 2006 after a powerful series of gains. See full story.

Buy the previous ‘don’t touch’ marijuana stock and sell the darling

A tale of two marijuana stocks — Aphria and Tilray. See full story.

Uber and Lyft’s long-awaited IPOs could crash into government-shutdown wall

The U.S. government shutdown, now in its 21st day, is disrupting the initial public offering process and may cause delays in some of the bigger deals expected in 2019, including those of ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft. See full story.

High-end cars and other luxury goods join Apple in feeling effect of China’s slowdown

Automobile makers join luxury-goods companies in seeing demand dented as China’s economy slows and Chinese consumers’ mood takes a turn for the worse. See full story.

Consumer inflation falls for first time in 9 months due to lower gas prices, CPI shows

Falling gasoline prices curbed inflation at the end of 2018, giving Americans a bigger financial cushion and potentially allowing the Federal Reserve to bide its time on raising U.S. interest rates. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

The future ex-wife of the Amazon is set to become the richest woman in history, surpassing Oprah and the Queen of England. See full story.

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