NewsWatch: After 150 days of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the best- and worst-performing stocks

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MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE

The tech sector is still in the lead, but consumer-discretionary group trails only slightly. See full story.

‘It was chaos!’ Students get suspended for posting pictures of packed halls — now the high school is closing after 9 people were infected

Last week, pictures of maskless students crowding the hall of Georgia’s freshly reopened North Paulding High School went viral and raised questions all over the internet as to whether putting kids back to school while coronavirus cases are still on the rise is a good idea. Now nine people there have tested positive for coronavirus. See full story.

Republican senator calls Trump’s stimulus executive order ‘unconstitutional slop’

President Donald Trump’s executive order and memorandum to stimulate the economy “is unconstitutional slop,” said Se. Benn Sasse of Nebraska. See full story.

Twitter may emerge as rival to Microsoft in negotiations over TikTok deal

It is unclear whether Twitter will pursue a deal with TikTok, which would face significant challenges. A deal would involve TikTok’s U.S. operations, the people said. See full story.

Hot rookies and not-so-hot pot companies hop on the slowing earnings parade

Corporate profits have overwhelmingly exceeded low expectations so far this earnings season, but there are still plenty of wild cards left in the deck. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

Ireland has also recorded one of the highest rates of COVID-related nursing-home deaths in the world, according to a report released in June. See full story.

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