JP Morgan says Asian shares will go up as risks come down

Investors can expect the “best” returns from Asian stocks in the first half of 2019 as negative sentiment from last year subsides, a J.P. Morgan strategist said on Thursday. I think the best part of the returns you’ll have in Asian equities will be in the first half,” Mixo Das, Asia equity strategist at J.P. Morgan, told CNBC’s “Street Signs.” Those concerns led to a sell-off in global markets, with stocks in Greater China, Japan and South Korea among the biggest losers in Asia. The strategist a


Investors can expect the “best” returns from Asian stocks in the first half of 2019 as negative sentiment from last year subsides, a J.P. Morgan strategist said on Thursday. I think the best part of the returns you’ll have in Asian equities will be in the first half,” Mixo Das, Asia equity strategist at J.P. Morgan, told CNBC’s “Street Signs.” Those concerns led to a sell-off in global markets, with stocks in Greater China, Japan and South Korea among the biggest losers in Asia. The strategist a
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JP Morgan says Asian shares will go up as risks come down

Investors can expect the “best” returns from Asian stocks in the first half of 2019 as negative sentiment from last year subsides, a J.P. Morgan strategist said on Thursday.

“We’re expecting more upside in the first half … I think the best part of the returns you’ll have in Asian equities will be in the first half,” Mixo Das, Asia equity strategist at J.P. Morgan, told CNBC’s “Street Signs.”

At end of last year, investors were worried about multiple factors that could pressure stocks, including a potential recession in the U.S., slowing growth in China and the tariff fight between the world’s two largest economies. Those concerns led to a sell-off in global markets, with stocks in Greater China, Japan and South Korea among the biggest losers in Asia.

But many of those events that investors feared could happen this year have not turned out to be as bad as expected, Das noted.

“At we get more clarity on the U.S.-China trade deal, China’s growth bottoming out at some time in [the first] half, and the U.S. economy averting a recession in 2019 — all these things essentially will reinforce that risks are coming down and that’s why equities are going to be going higher in the first half,” he added.

The strategist added that he prefers “value stocks” — those trading a price below where investors think it should be — in the first half of this year. He also favors shares in China, Singapore and the Philippines.

But growth in company earnings could weaken in the second half of the year, partly due to disruptions on the trade front, which has started to hit economic activity worldwide, said Das.

With little good news to lift regional stock prices beyond the first six months of the year, the strategist added that “growth stocks” — firms seen to have a lot of potential to expand — would be his preferred picks. Das said such an environment could make growth stocks “the best performers over the course of 2019.”


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Sector trading in bullish and bearish markets

While there are many ways to trade the stock market, one popular method is trading with the trend. Trading against the trends can be a perilous endeavor and trading is largely about probabilities. When trading with the trend, taking a disciplined approach to stock selection and trade management will further skew the probabilities in your favor. One way to think about buying bullishly trending stocks in a bullishly trending group is how you might pick an apple out of a basket. Do you want to buy


While there are many ways to trade the stock market, one popular method is trading with the trend. Trading against the trends can be a perilous endeavor and trading is largely about probabilities. When trading with the trend, taking a disciplined approach to stock selection and trade management will further skew the probabilities in your favor. One way to think about buying bullishly trending stocks in a bullishly trending group is how you might pick an apple out of a basket. Do you want to buy
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Sector trading in bullish and bearish markets

While there are many ways to trade the stock market, one popular method is trading with the trend. Trading against the trends can be a perilous endeavor and trading is largely about probabilities. Ask yourself, “What is the most likely result?”

When trading with the trend, taking a disciplined approach to stock selection and trade management will further skew the probabilities in your favor. To me, this means buying stocks in an uptrend and establishing appropriate entry and exit strategies prior to making my initial investment.

Lee Bohl and I discuss this process in our weekly Trader Talk in Today’s Market webcast. This article will focus on a quick method for locating stocks in an uptrend using a series of specific criteria to scour the entire market using the StreetSmart Edge® Screener Plus tool.

One way to think about buying bullishly trending stocks in a bullishly trending group is how you might pick an apple out of a basket. For example, you want to buy apples and have ten baskets from ten different orchards from which to choose. Do you want to buy the best apple from a basket of poor to average looking apples or do you want the best apple from a basket full of gorgeous apples? As such, I like to find attractive chart patterns for stocks in groups which are trending upward. This puts the probability of success in my favor.

With this in mind, I start with a review of the broad market trend by charting the Dow Industrial Average ($DJI), the Nasdaq ($COMPX) and the S&P 500 ($SPX). Is the broad trend up, down or sideways? Next, review the 11 sectors of the market. Which are the best performers for a five-day period, 20-day period or six months? Which timeframe is the one you would like to trade?

Once identified, screen only within the group of stocks that is trending bullishly. Often, this eliminates a majority of the market from consideration, limiting the amount of analysis necessary.

Here’s a screenshot of the StreetSmart Edge screener plus tool showing some of the standard criteria by which I like to screen the market.


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These sectors perform best after ‘buyback blackout’ periods

That means the so-called “buyback blackout” window will end soon. A “buyback blackout” is a period of several weeks around announcement of quarterly results when companies and their executives refrain from issuing any new share repurchases. What happens in the month after the end of these periods? Over the past 5 years, the Financials, Consumer Discretionary and Healthcare sectors have been top performers, according to a CNBC analysis using Kensho. Each of those sectors have traded higher 100 pe


That means the so-called “buyback blackout” window will end soon. A “buyback blackout” is a period of several weeks around announcement of quarterly results when companies and their executives refrain from issuing any new share repurchases. What happens in the month after the end of these periods? Over the past 5 years, the Financials, Consumer Discretionary and Healthcare sectors have been top performers, according to a CNBC analysis using Kensho. Each of those sectors have traded higher 100 pe
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These sectors perform best after 'buyback blackout' periods

We are about three quarters of the way through Q4 earnings season.

That means the so-called “buyback blackout” window will end soon.

A “buyback blackout” is a period of several weeks around announcement of quarterly results when companies and their executives refrain from issuing any new share repurchases.

What happens in the month after the end of these periods?

Over the past 5 years, the Financials, Consumer Discretionary and Healthcare sectors have been top performers, according to a CNBC analysis using Kensho.

Each of those sectors have traded higher 100 percent of the time. They average around a 5 percent gain in just a month.


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Chinese stocks jump after return from holidays; US-China trade talks set to resume

Investors will be watching for developments on the U.S.-China trade front, with a new round of negotiations set to be held in Beijing later this week. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the two countries have not yet put together a draft on the matters they agree or disagree. “First, as of late last week, President Trump had declared that he would not be meeting with President Xi before the deadline (1st Mar) on the US-China trade truce expires,” the note said. “However, Trump has also


Investors will be watching for developments on the U.S.-China trade front, with a new round of negotiations set to be held in Beijing later this week. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the two countries have not yet put together a draft on the matters they agree or disagree. “First, as of late last week, President Trump had declared that he would not be meeting with President Xi before the deadline (1st Mar) on the US-China trade truce expires,” the note said. “However, Trump has also
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Chinese stocks jump after return from holidays; US-China trade talks set to resume

Investors will be watching for developments on the U.S.-China trade front, with a new round of negotiations set to be held in Beijing later this week.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the two countries have not yet put together a draft on the matters they agree or disagree. It comes as both Washington and Beijing are attempting to strike a deal on trade before a key March deadline, following which additional tariffs will be slapped on Chinese imports to the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump also said Thursday he will not meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping before that deadline.

“The reality is that olive branches, rather than rose stalks, are the best that anyone (anchored to reality) may be looking for,” said Mizuho Bank in a morning note.

It pointed to “restraints” overhanging those talks.

“First, as of late last week, President Trump had declared that he would not be meeting with President Xi before the deadline (1st Mar) on the US-China trade truce expires,” the note said.

“However, Trump has also categorically stated that there will be no US-China trade deal till he and President Xi have met. Therefore that is as good a guaranteeing that there will be no deal before the US-China truce expires.” That, the note said, not only “contradicts” Trump’s earlier tweets enthusing about a deal in the works, but also “begs the question” of whether that meant higher tariffs on Chinese imports.

One economist told CNBC that the “best case” outcome of the talks would be an “extension of the planned implementation” of the increase in tariffs.

“The problem that we have is that there’s a lot of complacency in the market about assuming that the best case actually happens,” David Mann, global chief economist at Standard Chartered Bank, told CNBC’s “Street Signs” on Monday. “Everyone’s assuming there will be no … further rises in tariffs this year,” he said.


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Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards

“This Is America” also won best music video and best rap/sung performance. Ludwig Goransson, who co-wrote and produced Gambino’s song, said he was surprised a rap song had never won in the past. You already won,” said Drake, who won best rap song for “God’s Plan.” Lipa alluded to Portnow’s 2018 words when she won best new artist: “I guess this year we’ve really stepped up.” Beck was a double winner during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-c


“This Is America” also won best music video and best rap/sung performance. Ludwig Goransson, who co-wrote and produced Gambino’s song, said he was surprised a rap song had never won in the past. You already won,” said Drake, who won best rap song for “God’s Plan.” Lipa alluded to Portnow’s 2018 words when she won best new artist: “I guess this year we’ve really stepped up.” Beck was a double winner during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-c
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Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards

Women and rap triumphed at the Grammys on Sunday as female acts took home top prizes including album of the year and best new artist, and Childish Gambino made history when his hit “This Is America” became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year.

Kacey Musgraves’ country-pop release “Golden Hour” won album of the year, and British singer Dua Lipa won best new artist — a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony and the Grammys were criticized for the low number of female nominees.

Six women were nominated for best new artist, and five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees were women, including Brandi Carlile, who described herself as “a kid from the ’90s from Lilith Fair.”

“Those women were just dominating those platforms. They were dominating those arena and amphitheater stages. They were getting record deals. They were becoming record executives themselves,” Carilie said. But watching those gains “backslide for the last 20 years has been heartbreaking.”

“Tonight gives me hope as a mother of two young daughters,” said Carilie, who won three honors in the Americana category and was the most nominated women with six.

Musgraves and Gambino were the night’s top winners, taking home four awards each. “This Is America” also won best music video and best rap/sung performance.

Ludwig Goransson, who co-wrote and produced Gambino’s song, said he was surprised a rap song had never won in the past.

“If you listen to the radio or if just you watch our culture or look at the most downloaded and streamed artists and bought albums, you see what’s at the top and what people listen to and you see what people get inspired by. It’s about time something like this happened,” he said backstage.

Gambino’s historic win comes years after rappers have struggled to win in the top categories, including Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. Drake, who has lost in the big four categories over the years, told the room of musicians that winning awards isn’t necessary if you have real fans attending your concerts and singing your songs.

“Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you. You already won,” said Drake, who won best rap song for “God’s Plan.”

He tried to continue speaking but was cut off as the ceremony suddenly went to a commercial.

The last time a rapper won album of the year was in 2004 with Outkast. Only a handful of rappers have won best new artist. Cardi B also made history as the first solo female to win best rap album (Lauryn Hill won as a member of the Fugees at the 1997 Grammys).

She was shaking onstage as she tried to give a thank-you speech with her rapper-husband Offset holding her arm.

“The nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed,” she said as the audience laughed. “I just want to say thank you everybody that was involved … I want to thank my daughter.”

At the 2018 Grammys, male acts dominated in nominations, and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, did not get a chance to perform onstage.

Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow, who last year said women need to “step up” and later acknowledged that it was a “poor choice of words,” seemed to address his 2018 comments during Sunday’s show.

“This past year I’ve been reminded that if coming face to face with an issue opens your eyes wide enough, it makes you more committed than ever to help address those issues. The need for social change has been the hallmark of the American experience, from the founding of our country to the complex times we live in today,” said Portnow, who did not seek a renewal on his contract, which ends this year.

Lipa alluded to Portnow’s 2018 words when she won best new artist: “I guess this year we’ve really stepped up.”

The Grammys kicked off with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama, describing the role of music in their lives.

“Music has always helped me tell my story,” said Obama, who surprised the audience with her appearance. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another.”

Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who hosted the show.

“Yes, ladies,” Keys said. “There’s nothing better than this.”

Gaga won three Grammys, including best pop duo/group performance for the Oscar-nominated hit “Shallow,” a win she shared with Bradley Cooper. Gaga performed the song solo since Cooper was in London for the British Academy Film Awards.

Dolly Parton was honored and performed alongside Miley Cyrus, Musgraves, Maren Morris and Katy Perry. But the country music icon truly shined when she sang “Red Shoes” with country foursome Little Big Town providing background vocals.

Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day teamed up for a stirring performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” in honor Aretha Franklin, who died last year.

Diana Ross earned a standing ovation when she emerged onstage in a bright red dress to perform “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “The Best Years of My Life.” She celebrated her 75th birthday early with the performance, saying afterward, “Happy birthday to me!” Her actual birthday is March 26.

R&B singer H.E.R., who won two R&B awards, stunned as she played her guitar and sang. Chloe x Halle, nominated for two awards, impressed when they sang Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack’s “Where Is the Love.”

Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.

Beck was a double winner during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for “Colors.” Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Stingy, Shaggy, Dave Chappelle, “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Chris Cornell, Greta Van Fleet and even former President Jimmy Carter also picked up early awards ahead of the live show.


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The 10 best US states to find a job in 2019

With unemployment at just 4 percent, 2019 is shaping up to be a good year for workers. Since wages are just beginning to budge, one of the only ways for many workers to earn a raise is to get a new job — and experts say the first quarter of the year is the best time to do it. Zippia surveyed thousands of workers and analyzed data from the BLS and the American Community Survey to determine which states had the optimal balance of low unemployment, low cost of living and steady wage increases. What


With unemployment at just 4 percent, 2019 is shaping up to be a good year for workers. Since wages are just beginning to budge, one of the only ways for many workers to earn a raise is to get a new job — and experts say the first quarter of the year is the best time to do it. Zippia surveyed thousands of workers and analyzed data from the BLS and the American Community Survey to determine which states had the optimal balance of low unemployment, low cost of living and steady wage increases. What
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The 10 best US states to find a job in 2019

With unemployment at just 4 percent, 2019 is shaping up to be a good year for workers. Since wages are just beginning to budge, one of the only ways for many workers to earn a raise is to get a new job — and experts say the first quarter of the year is the best time to do it.

Both Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate.com and Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor tell CNBC Make It that the first quarter is the best time to look for a new job because hiring managers have new budgets to work with.

The other factor to consider is geography. Zippia surveyed thousands of workers and analyzed data from the BLS and the American Community Survey to determine which states had the optimal balance of low unemployment, low cost of living and steady wage increases.

What they found is that many states not typically known for hot labor markets can provide good opportunities for workers willing to move and grow.

Here are the 10 best states to find a job in 2019, according to Zippia:


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The 10 best cities to buy your first home

A recent LendingTree study identified the best cities for first-time homebuyers, where down payments are typically lower and mortgages can be easier to secure. Majority of the top cities are clustered in the Midwest, including Detroit, Michigan, and Columbus, Ohio. That’s mostly due to the fact that the region is relatively affordable, says Tendayi Kapfidze, chief economist at LendingTree. “First-time buyers are at a disadvantage to buyers who currently own a home as first-timers have no equity


A recent LendingTree study identified the best cities for first-time homebuyers, where down payments are typically lower and mortgages can be easier to secure. Majority of the top cities are clustered in the Midwest, including Detroit, Michigan, and Columbus, Ohio. That’s mostly due to the fact that the region is relatively affordable, says Tendayi Kapfidze, chief economist at LendingTree. “First-time buyers are at a disadvantage to buyers who currently own a home as first-timers have no equity
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The 10 best cities to buy your first home

Breaking into the housing market can be difficult, especially for beginners. But in some places it’s more possible, and less stressful, than others.

A recent LendingTree study identified the best cities for first-time homebuyers, where down payments are typically lower and mortgages can be easier to secure.

The study ranked the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., taking into account six factors: average down payment amount, average down payment percentage, number of buyers using an FHA mortgage, how much buyers are saving by using FHA loans, percentage of buyers with low credit scores and percentage of homes that are affordable for middle-income buyers.

Majority of the top cities are clustered in the Midwest, including Detroit, Michigan, and Columbus, Ohio. That’s mostly due to the fact that the region is relatively affordable, says Tendayi Kapfidze, chief economist at LendingTree.

“First-time buyers are at a disadvantage to buyers who currently own a home as first-timers have no equity to assist with the down payment,” he tells CNBC Make It. “Thus, lower priced areas, such as those in the Midwest, that require a smaller down payment in dollar terms afford first-time buyers more opportunity.”


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The best Valentine’s travel experiences from around the world to suit all budgets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it, opportunities aplenty to treat your loved one — or even yourself. But while chocolates and roses are always welcome, lovers are increasingly looking for new and inspired ways to show they care. Millennials the world over are renowned for prioritizing travel over material goods; and when it comes to celebrating the romantic holiday, it seems things are little different. In 2018, in the U.S. alone, lovers spent nearly $20 billion on Valentine


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it, opportunities aplenty to treat your loved one — or even yourself. But while chocolates and roses are always welcome, lovers are increasingly looking for new and inspired ways to show they care. Millennials the world over are renowned for prioritizing travel over material goods; and when it comes to celebrating the romantic holiday, it seems things are little different. In 2018, in the U.S. alone, lovers spent nearly $20 billion on Valentine
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The best Valentine's travel experiences from around the world to suit all budgets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it, opportunities aplenty to treat your loved one — or even yourself. But while chocolates and roses are always welcome, lovers are increasingly looking for new and inspired ways to show they care.

One of the growing areas for that is travel. Millennials the world over are renowned for prioritizing travel over material goods; and when it comes to celebrating the romantic holiday, it seems things are little different.

Last year, global travel bookings platform Klook recorded a 100 percent rise in couples’ purchases in February compared to March. This year, it expects that trend to continue and has introduced a “For Lovers” filter specifically to assist with the anticipated demand.

The pattern is in line with ever-increasing spending on Feb. 14. In 2018, in the U.S. alone, lovers spent nearly $20 billion on Valentine’s Day. Millennials are expected to continue spend big bucksthis year.

However, the holiday needn’t break the bank. CNBC Make It took a look at some of the most on-trend travel experiences to suit all budgets this Valentine’s.


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British actor Albert Finney dies at 82

British actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from “Tom Jones” to “Skyfall,” has died at the age of 82. “He’s the reason I am an actor,” Finney said in 2012. Britain’s pre-eminent theater critic, Kenneth Tynan, called the young Finney a “smoldering young Spencer Tracy” and warned established star Richard Burton about his prowess. Finney also earned his first Best Actor nomination for his efforts and the smash hit turned him into a Hollywood leading man. He earned more Be


British actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from “Tom Jones” to “Skyfall,” has died at the age of 82. “He’s the reason I am an actor,” Finney said in 2012. Britain’s pre-eminent theater critic, Kenneth Tynan, called the young Finney a “smoldering young Spencer Tracy” and warned established star Richard Burton about his prowess. Finney also earned his first Best Actor nomination for his efforts and the smash hit turned him into a Hollywood leading man. He earned more Be
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British actor Albert Finney dies at 82

British actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from “Tom Jones” to “Skyfall,” has died at the age of 82.

Finney’s family said Friday that he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.”

Finney was a rare star who managed to avoid the Hollywood limelight for more than five decades after bursting to international fame in 1963 in the title role of “Tom Jones.”

The film gained him the first of five Oscar nominations. Others followed for “Murder on the Orient Express,” ″The Dresser,” ″Under the Volcano” and “Erin Brockovich.”

In later years he brought authority to action movies, including the James Bond thriller “Skyfall” and two of the Bourne films.

Displaying the versatility of a virtuoso, Finney portrayed Winston Churchill, Pope John Paul II, a southern American lawyer, an Irish gangster and an 18th-century rogue, among dozens of other roles over the years. There was no “Albert Finney”-type character that he returned to again and again.

In one of his final roles, as the gruff Scotsman Kincade in “Skyfall,” he shared significant screen time with Daniel Craig as Bond and Judi Dench as M, turning the film’s final scenes into a master class of character acting.

Although Finney rarely discussed his personal life, he told the Manchester Evening News in 2012 that he had been treated for kidney cancer for five years, undergoing surgery and chemotherapy.

He also explained why he had not attended the Academy Awards in Los Angeles even when he was nominated for the film world’s top prize.

“It seems silly to go over there and beg for an award,” he told the paper.

The son of a bookmaker, Finney was born May 9, 1936, and grew up in northern England on the outskirts of Manchester. He took to the stage at an early age, doing a number of school plays and — despite his lack of connections and his working-class roots — earning a place at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

He credited the headmaster of his local school, Eric Simms, for recommending that he attend the renowned drama school.

“He’s the reason I am an actor,” Finney said in 2012.

Finney made his first professional turn at 19 and appeared in several TV movies, including “She Stoops to Conquer” in 1956 and “The Claverdon Road Job” the following year.

Soon some critics were hailing him as “the next Laurence Olivier” — a commanding presence who would light up the British stage. Britain’s pre-eminent theater critic, Kenneth Tynan, called the young Finney a “smoldering young Spencer Tracy” and warned established star Richard Burton about his prowess. In London, Finney excelled both in Shakespeare’s plays and in more contemporary offerings.

Still, the young man seemed determine not to pursue conventional Hollywood stardom. After an extensive screen test, he turned down the chance to play the title role in director David Lean’s epic “Lawrence of Arabia,” clearing the way for fellow RADA graduate Peter O’Toole to take what became a career-defining role.

But stardom came to Finney anyway in “Tom Jones” where he won over audiences worldwide with his good-natured, funny and sensual portrayal of an 18th-century English rogue.

That was the role that introduced Finney to American audiences, and few would forget the lusty, blue-eyed leading man who helped the film win a Best Picture Oscar. Finney also earned his first Best Actor nomination for his efforts and the smash hit turned him into a Hollywood leading man.

Director Tony Richardson said his goal for “Tom Jones” was simply to produce an enjoyable romp.

“No social significance for once,” he said. “No contemporary problems to lay bare. Just a lot of colorful, sexy fun.”

Finney had the good fortune to receive a healthy percentage of the profits from the surprise hit, giving him financial security while he was still in his 20s.

“This is a man from very humble origins who became rich when he was very young,” said Quentin Falk, author of an unauthorized biography of Finney. “It brought him a lot of side benefits. He’s a man who likes to live as well as to act. He enjoys his fine wine and cigars. He’s his own man, I find that rather admirable.”

The actor maintained a healthy skepticism about the British establishment and even turned down a knighthood when it was offered, declining to become Sir Albert. Finney once said he did not believe in such honors.

“Maybe people in America think being a ‘Sir’ is a big deal,” he said. “But I think we should all be misters together. I think the ‘Sir’ thing slightly perpetuates one of our diseases in England, which is snobbery. And it also helps keep us ‘quaint,’ which I’m not a great fan of.”

Instead of cashing in by taking lucrative film roles after “Tom Jones,” Finney took a long sabbatical, traveling slowly through the United States, Mexico and the Pacific islands, then returned to the London stage to act in Shakespeare productions and other plays. He won wide acclaim and many awards before returning to film in 1967 to co-star with Audrey Hepburn in “Two for the Road.”

This was to be a familiar pattern, with Finney alternating between film work and stage productions in London and New York.

Finney tackled Charles Dickens in “Scrooge” in 1970, then played Agatha Christie’s super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express” — earning his second Best Actor nomination— and even played a werewolf hunter in the cult film “Wolfen” in 1981.

He earned more Best Actor Oscar nominations for his roles in the searing marital drama “Shoot the Moon” in 1982, co-starring with Diane Keaton, and “The Dresser” in 1983. He was nominated again in 1984 for his role as a self-destructive alcoholic in director John Huston’s “Under the Volcano.”

Even during this extraordinary run of great roles, and his critically acclaimed television portrayal of the pope, Finney’s life was not chronicled in People Weekly or other magazines, although the British press was fascinated with his marriage to the sultry French film star Anouk Aimee.

He played in a series of smaller, independent films for a number of years before returning to prominence in 2000 as a southern lawyer in the film “Erin Brockovich,” which starred Julia Roberts. The film helped introduce Finney to a new generation of moviegoers, and the chemistry between the aging lawyer and his young, aggressive assistant earned him yet another Oscar nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor.

His work also helped propel Roberts to her first Best Actress Oscar. Still, Finney declined to attend the Academy Awards ceremony — possibly damaging his chances at future wins by snubbing Hollywood’s elite.

He went on to star in director Tim Burton’s “Big Fish” and portrayed Britain’s wartime leader, Winston Churchill, in “The Gathering Storm.”

Finney also tried his hand at directing and producing and played a vital role in sustaining British theater.

Details of survivors and funeral arrangements were not immediately available.


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The best Valentine’s travel experiences from around the world to suit all budgets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it, opportunities aplenty to treat your loved one — or even yourself. But while chocolates and roses are always welcome, lovers are increasingly looking for new and inspired ways to show they care. Millennials the world over are renowned for prioritizing travel over material goods; and when it comes to celebrating the romantic holiday, it seems things are little different. In 2018, in the U.S. alone, lovers spent nearly $20 billion on Valentine


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it, opportunities aplenty to treat your loved one — or even yourself. But while chocolates and roses are always welcome, lovers are increasingly looking for new and inspired ways to show they care. Millennials the world over are renowned for prioritizing travel over material goods; and when it comes to celebrating the romantic holiday, it seems things are little different. In 2018, in the U.S. alone, lovers spent nearly $20 billion on Valentine
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The best Valentine's travel experiences from around the world to suit all budgets

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it, opportunities aplenty to treat your loved one — or even yourself. But while chocolates and roses are always welcome, lovers are increasingly looking for new and inspired ways to show they care.

One of the growing areas for that is travel. Millennials the world over are renowned for prioritizing travel over material goods; and when it comes to celebrating the romantic holiday, it seems things are little different.

Last year, global travel bookings platform Klook recorded a 100 percent rise in couples’ purchases in February compared to March. This year, it expects that trend to continue and has introduced a “For Lovers” filter specifically to assist with the anticipated demand.

The pattern is in line with ever-increasing spending on Feb. 14. In 2018, in the U.S. alone, lovers spent nearly $20 billion on Valentine’s Day. Millennials are expected to continue spend big bucksthis year.

However, the holiday needn’t break the bank. CNBC Make It took a look at some of the most on-trend travel experiences to suit all budgets this Valentine’s.


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