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MarketWatch rounds up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.

1. What to do after a hot 5 weeks for the stock market

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.07%  has returned 8% so far this year, following the brutal 14% decline during the fourth quarter. But Sven Henrich believes stocks are in “a big, fat bull trap” reminiscent of market peaks in 2000 and 2007.

Other warnings about stock valuations:

If stock-market investors missed January’s surge, they’re out of luck, says Goldman

If you own Apple, Amazon, Facebook or AMD, look out below

2. On the other hand…

It may be time to buy stocks following the third recession scare since 2011.

3. Even people with high salaries have become more likely to rent

The combination of tighter credit standards and an overall shortage continue to distort the housing market.

Related: The average adjustable-rate mortgage is nearly $700,000 — Here’s what that tells us

4. ‘Hated stocks’ can make you money

Research shows that buying stocks of companies that aren’t well-regarded can lead to outperformance over the long term.

5. Don’t shoot from the hip when bashing FIRE

You may question the FIRE movement, but don’t fall for these seven myths.

6. Cruise industry stocks

Demographics and an oligopoly point to excellent long-term prospects for cruise lines.

Also see: These 2 stocks you’ve never heard of are better ways to profit from Amazon’s growth

7. The latest on pot stocks

Marijuana/cannabis industry stocks have staged another amazing run so far this year. Here’s a selection of MarketWatch’s recent coverage of the industry:

Cannabis stocks mixed as Canada says legalization hasn’t led to expected spike in consumption

Cronos stock downgraded after rocketing more than 100% in 2019 so far

Cronos stock downgraded after rocketing more than 100% in 2019 so far

Canadian cannabis company Namaste’s stock slides after CEO is fired for cause

Aphria rises after Citron sells, MedMen sued by former CFO

8. Considering moving your checking account for a cash bonus?

Read the fine print carefully.

9. Thoughts about President Trump’s speech

Steve Goldstein believes the State of the Union speech presented a vision of what Trump’s presidency could have been.

10. An amazing record for economic forecasts

Here are the surprising results of MarketWatch’s 2018 economic forecast challenge.

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