NewsWatch: Stocks need earnings to be flawless to keep Trump rally going


An optimistic earnings season may run into the buzz saw of a self-fulfilling “sell the inauguration” prophecy if quarterly results are not near flawless in the coming week. See full story.

Don’t buy the spin: Trump’s tycoons really will avoid taxes

If tax ‘deferral’ isn’t avoidance, try deferring paying your own taxes, writes Brett Arends. See full story.

Trump open to shift on Russia sanctions, ‘One China’ policy

President-elect Donald Trump suggested he would be open to lifting sanctions on Russia and wasn’t committed to a longstanding agreement with China over Taiwan—two signs that he would use any available leverage to realign the U.S.

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