This fund manager’s top 2020 stock picks returned an average 170%. He’s betting on these companies for 2021

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Gerald Sparrow, chief investment officer of the Sparrow Growth Fund, which returned 98% in 2020, has some new stock picks to share. See full story.

Some hospitals are giving wealthy donors early COVID-19 vaccinations — and that could damage trust in health care at a critical time

‘It’s indefensible,’ said one bioethics expert. See full story.

Here’s the main reason Robinhood traders have been able to push stocks higher — and, no, it isn’t by squeezing hedge funds

The one factor that has allowed the Reddit WallStreetBets crowd to thrive. See full story.

Cannabis stocks nosedive as rally driven by hopes for U.S. legal reforms comes to a screeching halt

Cannabis stocks took a nosedive on Thursday with many of the sector’s best performers a day earlier surrendering those gains, as the relentless buying in recent weeks amid growing hopes for reforms of strict U.S. laws came to a screeching halt. See full story.

Disney earnings: Surge by Disney+ to nearly 95 million subscriptions leads to surprise profit

Walt Disney Co.’s streaming service, Disney+, proved again to be a big plus during a pandemic that has all but shuttered the Magic Kingdom’s other businesses. And that has company shares up 3% in after-hours trading Thursday. See full story.

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‘Last year was panic. This year is uncertainty,’ says one tax accountant. See full story.