News Clips for Jan. 16, 2019

January’s market moves tell investors little about how stocks will finish 2019

As goes January, so goes the year? The bulls certainly are hoping so, since as of mid-January the S&P 500 SPX, +0.33% is ahead 3.0% while the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.21% is ahead 4.1%. But hope is not a strategy. And this seasonal pattern — known as the “January Barometer” — in fact rests on a weak statistical foundation.

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, to speak at the University of Utah

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will speak at the University of Utah on Tuesday, Feb. 12, as a guest of the Tanner Humanities Center. Fox, featured speaker of the center's 2019 World Leaders Lecture Forum, will speak on “Building Bridges: Fixing the Immigration Issue and Strengthening U.S.-Mexico Relations.” Fox will speak at 11 a.m. at Kingsbury Hall.

State of Science: A Fields Medal Winner Talks About the Need to Collaborate

The biggest math heist in years happened the morning of Aug. 1 in a Rio de Janeiro auditorium packed with witnesses — none of whom saw it happen. The math world’s largest conference, the International Congress of Mathematicians, occurs every four years, and during the meeting, two to four researchers under age 40 receive the Fields Medal. It’s a big deal, like math’s Nobel Prize, only with less money.

Rising Drug Prices Said to Strain Hospitals, Force Budget Cuts

Rising costs of prescription drugs have strained hospital budgets and operations, forcing health systems to cut costs by reducing staff, a new study found.

There will be a total eclipse of the moon over Utah Sunday night. Here's what to look for

Weather permitting, Utahns will be treated to a total eclipse of the moon on Sunday night. Lunar eclipses occur when the sun, Earth and moon form a straight line and the moon hides in Earth's shadow. According to Patrick Wiggins, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory solar system ambassador to Utah, the moon will start to move into the Earth’s shadow about 8:34 p.m., when it’s about a third of the way up the eastern sky.

2018’s Biggest Cover Story Themes

January is a time for goal setting, but it’s also a time for reflection. As such, we want to take a moment and reflect on cover stories from 2018. Each has its own flavor and focus. In Part One of two, we have pulled some of the biggest themes from each and highlighted them here.

BYU, U of U extend ‘Holy War’ rivalry series to 2024

Brigham Young University and the University of Utah announced that they are extending their rivalry football series, also known as “The Holy War,” until 2024. The two teams were already contracted through 2022, a press release sent by the U of U said.

Utah Utes student-athletes getting it done in the classroom; set school GPA record during fall semester

University of Utah student-athletes had a banner fall semester in the classroom, setting a school record with a 3.295 cumulative grade point average. It marked the 25th-consecutive semester that the Utes (552 student-athletes spread among 20 teams) topped the 3.0 mark and follows a school-record NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 95 percent.

Air pollution increases the risk of miscarriage as much as smoking

Air pollution increases the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, negatively impacting overall health and wellbeing, and is responsible for millions of deaths every year. Children are especially vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution, and now a new study has found that air pollution can also negatively impact fetal development during pregnancy.