NewsWatch: Dow soars more than 800 points as stocks turn positive for May on coronavirus vaccine hopes

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U.S. stocks climbed at the start of Monday after drugmaker Moderna announces positive, early results from its first human trial of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine. See full story.

Work-from-home productivity pickup has tech CEOs predicting many employees will never come back to the office

If you rebuild the workplace after COVID-19, will the workers ever come back? In Silicon Valley, the answer from many tech companies is that many won’t, and maybe that is a good thing. See full story.

Warren Buffett hasn’t lost his touch and Berkshire Hathaway’s critics — as usual — are short-sighted

Keep expectations real when a skilled investor lags the market, writes Mark Hulbert. See full story.

Mark Cuban says families should get $1,000 in stimulus checks every two weeks — with one big catch

Billionaire Mark Cuban says it’s time for the government to push “trickle-up economics” to save small businesses, because the Paycheck Protection Program isn’t cutting it. See full story.

Alibaba, Walmart and Target are about to show retailers’ view of the pandemic

U.S. retail companies will be eagerly watching Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Friday morning report, when the Chinese e-commerce giant will show what it was like to operate in the heart of the COVID-19 outbreak and emerge on the other side. See full story.


Construction firms are upbeat on the housing industry’s prospects thanks to low interest rates, even though coronavirus-related challenges remain. See full story.