Improving market breadth could indicate stock strength ahead MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE U.S. stocks have struggled of late, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average on track for its fifth straight negative session, but two factors that may not be obvious to those just looking at the major indexes could give investors a reason to feel optimistic. See full story.
‘Black swan’ author defends Tesla after actress posts video of car fire Actress Mary McCormack last week tweeted out a video of a Tesla Model S in flames with her husband behind the wheel, stoking safety concerns that have recently surfaced over other incidents of the battery-powered cars catching fire. See full story.
What explains the widening gap in retirement ages? Working longer is the best way to increase retirement security. See full story.
This is what the U.S. military’s ‘Space Force’ could look like President Trump orders the establishment of a sixth branch of the military. See full story.
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Tronc to ditch widely ridiculed name in wake of sale of L.A. and San Diego papers: report After one of the most lampooned rebrandings of the digital era, Tronc is going to return to the name Tribune Publishing.
An insider said that the name change for the parent company of the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News was awaiting the completion of Tronc’s spinoff of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and several other papers in its California Media Group to health tech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. That $500 million deal was announced as final on Monday.
“The board actually approved the name change a month ago but was waiting for the completion of the California deal,” said the insider.
The company’s TRNC, +3.87% former chairman, Michael Ferro, pushed for “Tronc” in June 2016. It supposedly stood for Tribune Online Content but was widely ridiculed even at the time of the announcement.
Soon-Shiong, the second largest shareholder in Tronc after Ferro, called the nam..Read More →

Responding to doctors’ concerns, American Medical Association will investigate role of investment firms The American Medical Association, the nation’s most prominent doctors group, will study the effect that growing investments by corporate parties — including venture-capital and private-equity firms — have on physician practices, reflecting a growing concern among doctors regarding the trend.
The study will look at a variety of issues, including how widespread the trend is, how much has been invested and the effect it has had on how doctors practice, according to documents obtained by MarketWatch.

Powerful consolidating forces have been reshaping the health-care industry, and medical practices have become an increasingly attractive target for private-equity and venture-capital firms, hospital systems and health-insurance companies.
But doctors, especially those in specialties most affected by the trend, fear that the shift is having serious consequences, and especially that inv..Read More →

Should investors favor cyclical or defensive stocks for the rest of the year? Analysts disagree One of the curious attributes of the U.S. stock market in 2018 is that while there are mounting concerns over the outlook for growth going forward, sectors traditionally seen as safe have struggled the most, while the ones more closely correlated to macroeconomic conditions have generally risen.
A key question for investors is whether this trend will continue, or whether “cyclical” sectors will start to reflect broader uncertainty and defensive sectors will start to live up to their name by offering protection against an environment rife with potential headwinds.
Analysts are split on this question, with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley both issuing reports on this issue Monday. Goldman’s takes the side that cyclical sectors should continue to do better than defensive ones, while Morgan Stanley suggested that outcome “seems unlikely.”
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Why divorce is bad for your health We already know divorce can be bad for your check book and your emotional health. It turns out, it can be bad for your physical health, too.
A recent study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, an academic journal, suggests people who divorce have a greater likelihood of smoking and lower amounts of physical activity.
Researchers at the University of Arizona studied more than 5,700 people, using the English Longitudinal Study of Aging, a long-term health study of adults over 50 in the U.K. There are seven sets of data in the study, collected every two years, beginning in 2002. Some 900 of the study participants were divorced or separated and had not remarried. The rest were married.
They reported their life satisfaction, their exercise frequency, smoking status and measurements of their lung function and levels of inflammation. Those who were divorced or separated had a 46% greater risk of dying during the study than their counterparts wh..Read More →

These grocery-shopping hacks could save your family $525 a year Most of us easily drop $100 at the grocery store each week, and, for parents with kids in the house, that number skyrockets to more than $160 per week.
Cutting spending at the grocery store could be one of the most important ways to save money for your family. And there’s good news on that front: You don’t have to spend hours clipping coupons to get hundreds of dollars in savings each year. Avoid these grocery-shopping mistakes, and you’ll automatically save at the store, without having to really think about it.
Hack No. 1: Buy items that are in season or buy frozen Some fruits and vegetables, like the apples, potatoes and other items lining the produce aisles of your grocery store, seem bright and fresh, but they’re often not. A study by branding expert Martin Lindstrom found that the average apple in the grocery store was 14 months old. How can that be? Fruit is often picked and then immediately put into cold storage ..Read More →