By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch
Plus: FAANGs as contrarian stocks and your (early) retirement number in one simple chart
MarketWatch rounds up 10 of its most interesting topics over the past week.
1. Not a good look
Cynical investors are used to verbal sleight of hand from corporate executives. After Kroger (KR) CEO Rodney McMullen talked up the food retailer's digital sales efforts, an analyst couldn't help but be reminded of similar talk years ago from Sears (SHLDQ) CEO Eddie Lampert. He also called Kroger's stores "rundown and dispiriting (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/analyst-worries-that-kroger-comment-will-lead-the-grocer-down-the-same-path-as-sears-2018-12-07)." Sound familiar?
2. Analyst suggests GE is no longer a good short
Shares of General Electric (GE) surged 7% on Dec. 13 -- its biggest one-day gain in three years -- after a JPMorgan analyst said the stock had fallen far enough (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ge-shares-on-track-for-biggest-one-day-rise-in-3-years-as-long-term-bear-turns-slightly-less-bearish-2018-12-13).
3. Banks charge students high fees and pay colleges to enable the practice
Banks that pay colleges to promote their services tend to charge students higher fees, according to a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/after-controversy-trump-administration-releases-report-showing-deals-between-bankscolleges-cost-students-27-million-2018-12-10).
Don't miss:Feds arrest student debt-relief CEO who allegedly scammed borrowers out of $28 million (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/alleged-student-debt-relief-scam-leads-to-arrest-of-ceo-2018-12-11)
4. Technical warnings of the bull market's end
Here are six signs that the long bull market for U.S. stocks is coming to an end (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-investors-you-have-now-been-warned-for-the-last-time-2018-12-14).
More on the stock market:
-- Which Wall Street forecasters should you listen to now? Here's who nailed it in 2018 (and who bombed) (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/which-wall-street-forecasters-should-you-listen-to-now-heres-who-nailed-it-in-2018-and-who-bombed-2018-12-10)
-- Finance Twitter: The 50 most important people for investors to follow (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/finance-twitter-the-50-most-important-people-for-investors-to-follow-2018-12-13)
5. YOLO and losing a lot of money very quickly
YOLO stands for "you only live once," and that mantra can lead to some amazingly quick losses for traders (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-one-investors-amazon-misfire-led-to-a-99-loss-in-his-trading-account-2018-12-11).
6. A contrarian investment play with FAANG stocks
The FAANG stocks -- Facebook (FB), Amazon.com (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Netflix (NFLX) and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL)(GOOGL) -- have been among the bull market's stars. But since the end of September, they have led the market lower with double-digit declines. Some investors believe it is now time to resume buying the FAANGs (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/are-faang-stocks-poised-to-re-assert-market-leadership-2018-12-13).
Daniel Newman argues that Microsoft's (MSFT) diversified software and hardware products give it a long-term advantage over Apple (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-apple-wont-overtake-microsoft-and-regain-the-title-of-the-most-valuable-us-company-2018-12-11) in the competition to be the largest U.S. company.
8. Cronos CEO has great expectations
In an interview with Max Cherney, Cronos (CRON.T) CEO Mike Gorenstein says Altria's (MO) huge investment can help turn marijuana into a standard consumer product (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cronos-ceo-says-altria-investment-is-just-the-beginning-2018-12-07).
9. What's your (early) retirement number?
We sum up the path to financial independence and retiring early in this one simple chart (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-path-to-financial-independence-and-retiring-early-in-one-simple-chart-2018-12-10).
More on how to achieve financial independence: This is how your neighbors are preventing you from becoming a millionaire (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-better-gift-idea-how-to-help-your-friends-and-loved-ones-gain-financial-independence-2018-12-13)
10. The evil that people do
Yes, some people really do give bad gifts on purpose (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/yes-some-people-really-do-give-bad-gifts-on-purpose-2018-12-12).
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-Philip van Doorn; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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