January 2018 Movies List: 15 New Movies Coming Out This Month

Have you seen the January 2018 movies list?

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You will also get your dose of suspense with a new Liam Neeson offering, while a new Day of the Dead film will be a treat for fans of zombies in the big screen.

Here are 15 new movies coming out this month.

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Insidious: The Last Key – PG-13/Horror Molly’s Game – R/Biography Day of the Dead: Bloodline – R/Horror The Strange Ones – R/Drama

 

January 2018 Movies List: Friday, January 12

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The Post – PG-13/Biography The Commuter – PG-13/Crime Proud Mary – R/Action Paddington 2 – PG/Animation Saturday Church – Drama

 

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure – PG-13/Action Please Stand By – PG-13/Comedy Primal Rage – R/Horror

 

 

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Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018

William Patalon III

Having spent the last 30 years observing public companies and their leaders, here’s one important lesson I’ve learned.

Of all the mistakes that corporate CEOs can make, there are two that are nail-down-the-lid-on-your-own-coffin, wipe-yourself-out killers.

Both have to do with emerging “threats” to the company’s core business. Those new “threats” can take a number of different forms. Perhaps it’s a new technology. Or a new rival. Or some sort of societal change that structurally changes customer wants, needs or tastes.

With any of those options, you’re talking about a change in the company’s business landscape.

And how the CEO responds to those threats not only bolsters or slashes his or her company’s stock price – it can also determine whether that firm thrives… or fails.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.(LLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Headquartered in New York City, large cap L3 Technologies Inc (NYSE: LLL) employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows ViaSat, Inc plus mid to large cap communications stockslikeHarris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc (NYSE: LLL)had been moving in tandem until last yearwhile small cap Gogo Inc has underperformed:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L3 Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LLL) just hosted its investor day and projected that it wants to be considered among the top defense firms. Multiple analysts have raised their target prices. RBC raised its rating to Outperform from Sector Perform and its target price to $239 from $202. Other price target hikes were seen as follows: Cowen to $210 from $200, Jefferies to $201 from $188 and JPMorgan to $220 from $205.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Five teams are expected to compete for the contract: Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has joined with Saab to offer a clean-sheet design; Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has teamed up with BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL) on another clean-sheet design; Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are going with a modified KAI T-50; Raytheon Corp. (NYSE: RTN) has joined with Italy’s Leonardo and Canada’s CAE Inc. (NYSE: CAE) on a version of Leonardo’s M-346 trainer that it calls the T-100; and privately held Sierra Nevada has partnered with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on another clean-sheet design.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sapiens International Corporation N.V.(SPNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Motorola Solutions, Inc.(MSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same positive albeit sometimes bumpy performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) has fallen in and out of negative territory:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) began going in the other directionaround 2015:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Qualcomm breaking even whilepotential peers Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) have performed better albeit they have seen their share of volatility:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same positive performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) began going in the other directionaround 2014/2015:

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

    The iPhone 8 Super Cycle, due to start with the expected launch of the new iPhone in September 2018, has been talked about a lot. There has been a lot of hype among Apple analysts and investors alike. A couple of recent analyst notes come to mind in this context. RBC capital recently added AAPL stock to its top tech stock picks for 2017. As reported by IBD, RBC analysts Amit Daryani and Mitch Stevessaid “The iPhone 8 could trigger a supercycle given the aging installed base of iPhones in use.” This came closely on Gene Munster’s last AAPL note from the desks of Piper Jaffray. The departing Apple analyst expects the iPhone 7 unit growth to come in higher than consensus while predicting next year’s iPhone model to be “compelling enough to sustain high single-digit to low double-digit unit growth,” as reported by Bloomberg. With major feature updates in store for the loyal Apple fan base, it is reasonable that the iPhone 8 will fly off the shelves, faster than ever. Add to this the fact that the 8 models could rake in higher ASPs and higher profit margins and the positive impact on Apple’s largest revenue segment becomes hard to ignore. (See also: An Unexpected Catalyst For Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone 8 Super Cycle)

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Since its near-death experience in the 1990s, Cupertino-basedtech giant Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL),which is one of the greatest cash machinesin corporate history, has been rather conservative when it came to its finances and balance sheet. The MacBook maker had hardly any debt on its balance sheet throughout Steve Jobs’ second stint as its CEO, and invested all its cash in highly liquid U.S treasuries. Apple Inc was also very conservative in rewarding investors through dividends and stock buybacks. Back in 2010, Reuters published an article titled “Cash-rich Apple’s CFO may have world’s best job” describing Apple’s conservative financial practices.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) both recently introduced their mobile payment systems, Apple Pay and Android Pay, in Japan, where the technology has been in use for a dozen years. In 2015, mobile payments accounted for $44 billion in sales in Japan.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    The company’s robots sort, paint, fill, and count everything from trucks, to medicine, to ketchup for big-name customers like General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM). The company is also a key Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) supplier.

  • [By Jack Foley]

    Autonomous vehicles is another segment of the auto industry that Trump is expected to attack. Why? Well if autonomous vehicles gain traction in the years ahead, the US economy is looking at massive job losses. Remember, all this industry will have to see here will be a hesitancy on the government’s part for approving this technology for the future investments to disappear. The technology is definitely there as illustrated by companies such as Alphabet (NSDQ:GOOGL)and Apple (NSDQ:AAPL)which are developing the software, but that is only one piece of the puzzle.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Analog Devices, Inc.(ADI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Analog Devices Inc. (NYSE: ADI) has been on a huge run, and a director at the chip company took advantage by selling a block of 50,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $83.00 to $83.50. The total of the sale was set at $4 million. The shares ended Friday at $83.26, in a 52-week trading range is $52.17 to $84.24. The consensus price target is $89.42.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Chips from Texas Instruments (TXN) are built into a lot of devices that matter, Cramer said, and if investors want autonomous vehicles, they should be looking at Analog Devices (ADI) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was not bullish on Campbell Soup (CPB) , which also reports Tuesday, but did have good things to say about Tech Data (TECD) , Analog Devices (ADI) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    If you think that Apple still has room to run, you should also check out three of its top suppliers — Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS), Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI), and Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) — which could all be lifted by the tech giant’s rally.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: FormFactor, Inc.(FORM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap semiconductor equipment & testing stock FormFactor, Inc (NASDAQ: FORM) as a short term long trade thats a pure small cap play with excellent valuation metrics, in addition to some very attractive chart implications right now:

Millennials are getting older and thats good for stocks

Finallyafter years of horror stories about the economic impact of the growing number of retirees in the U.S.some good news.

After at least two decades in which more people were entering retirement than into the workforce, the tide is turning. For the next two decades, it will be just the reverse.

In other words, demographics in the U.S. are about to shift from being stiff headwinds to powerful tailwinds for the stock market.

For all this we can thank the millennial generation, which consists of those who were born in the 1980s and 1990s. Though that generation isnt as big as the infamous baby boom generation that preceded them, it is still big enough to represent a powerful economic force.

To be sure, Im focusing on the economy as a whole, which doesnt mean that every individuals retirement prospects are brightening. In fact, as has been often noted in recent years, many have not saved and invested enough. A stronger long-term uptrend in the stock market is unable to bail out a retiree in that position.

But the upcoming shift in demographic trend is good news for those who have heavily invested their retirement portfolios in the stock market.

How good? For an answer I turn to a demographic indicator that researchers have found to be impressively correlated with the stock market: The ratio of the middle-aged population to those who are in the younger-aged cohortknown as the MY ratio. According to a number of academic studies, the stock market tends to perform better when the MY ratio is rising than when it is declining.

Notice from the accompanying chart that the MY ratio bottomed in 2016 and will be trending upward for two decades.

The chart also shows the MY ratio back to 1900 against the inflation-adjusted S&P 500
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. Alejandra Grindal, Senior International Economist for Ned Davis Research, writes that the MY ratio has had a pretty good track record in the U.S., helping define the beginning and end of some secular bull and bear equity markets. The stock markets 1981 low and the 2000 high are some of the MY ratios most spectacular successes.

To quantify the MY ratios track record, Grindal measured the correlation between the MY ratio and the inflation-adjusted Dow Jones Industrial Average
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She found a correlation coefficient of 0.71, which is impressively high. This coefficient would be 1.0 if the charts two data series were completely correlated, and 0 if there was no correlation whatsoever.

Read: This is how your finances should look in your 30s

The MY ratio isnt a perfect stock market forecaster, and the period since 2000 is a case in point. After all, since the ratio has steadily declined since then, the stock market should be a lot lower today than then.

But Grindal, in an interview, argued that we shouldnt be too quick to declare the MY ratio a failure. Without the Feds extraordinary policy of quantitative easing over the last decade, for example, its not unlikely that the stock market would be a lot lower today. In any case, the years since 2000 have included two of the worst bear markets in U.S. history.

Furthermore, its worth adding, even with the Feds boost the stock market this century has been a well-below-average performer. Consider the inflation-adjusted return of various stock market averages from their early-2000 highs to the end of 2016, which is when the MY ratio hit bottom: The S&P 500 produced just a 0.1% annualized real return over that period, while the Nasdaq
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produced an annualized 0.7% loss. The two-century average inflation-adjusted return for equities, according to the Wharton Schools Jeremy Siegel, is between 6% and 7% annualized.

Note carefully that even if the MY ratios forecast turns out to be right, it applies to the longer-term: The stock market should be materially higher in 10 to 15 years time. The ratio doesnt have any ability to predict the stock markets shorter-term gyrations. So it would not be inconsistent with its forecast of a much higher stock market in the 2030s for equities to suffer a number of cyclical bear markets along the way.

Still, as Grindal points out, demographics are one of the few indicators one can accurately forecast in the long-term. And, for the first time in many years, the bulls can stop being in denial about demographic indicators and start trumpeting their message.

For more information, including descriptions of the Hulbert Sentiment Indices, go to The Hulbert Financial Digest or email mark@hulbertratings.com.

Heres a way to get a pension-like benefit in retirement

Not only do defined-benefit plans still exist, they are just the ticket for investors in particular situations.

Im referring, of course, to the kind of retirement plan that used to be the most common way in which corporations funded their employees retirement. These plans, also known as pensions, guaranteed a certain level of payment during retirement.

Corporate defined-benefit plans fell out of favor a couple of decades ago, however, and few investors are even aware that they still exist. But they very much do, though now its up to us to set them up. And there can be huge tax advantages for doing so.

A personal defined-benefit plan provides a guaranteed payout in your retirement years, just like the defined-benefit plans of old. The yearly payout can be no larger than the average of your three highest-earning years, up to a maximum of $215,000. The amount you invest in your planwhich must be substantial to provide such a large guaranteed payoutis tax deductible.

Therein lies the major benefit of these personal defined-benefit plans. With a 401(k) plan, in contrast, the maximum amount you can invest tax-free each year is $18,500 (if youre over 50, this amount increases to $24,500). With a defined-benefit plan, this maximum amount can be an order of magnitude larger.

Read: How much can I contribute to my 401(k) this year?

The exact amount of this larger maximum is dependent on a number of assumptions, such as your age when you set up the plan, your income history, your life expectancy, and what actuarial assumptions are used to project stock and bond returns into the future. Charles Schwab, which can help clients set up these plans and then oversee and administer them, illustrated what this maximum would be by focusing on a hypothetical 55-year old in 2016 who intended to retire when he is 65, and whose income for the prior three years averaged $260,000 a year. The firm calculated that this hypothetical physician would have been able to contribute as much as $165,800 in pretax dollars into a personal defined-benefit plan.

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That provides a huge tax benefit for someone who needs to fund his or her retirement in a big hurry and has the means to do so. Is there a catch?

Actually there are several, because of which personal defined-benefit plans arent for everyone. Here are the factors to keep in mind when deciding whether to even consider setting up such a plan:

You must fund the plan annually. Each year an actuary must sign off on your plan, indicating how much additional you must contribute that year to keep your plan fully funded. You have no choice but to meet that commitment, or else face IRS fines and possible retroactive disallowance of the deductibility of contributions to the plan. You must be confident that you will have sufficient income in each of the years between when you set up a plan and when you retire to meet this annual commitment.

Your requirement contribution will most likely mushroom during a bear market. Insofar as the investments in your defined-benefit plan fail to live up to what your actuary previously assumed, your annual commitment will have to be much larger still. This is especially worth remembering now, given that we very likely are in a low-return environment for both stocks and bonds. Research Affiliates, for example, the well-known investment firm founded by Robert Arnott, forecasts that the S&P 500 over the next decade will produce a return of just 2.5% annualized, while intermediate-term corporate bonds are projected to produce a return of just 2.7% annualized.

High fees. Schwab, for example, charges $1,500 a year to set up, oversee and administer a personal defined-benefit plan with just one participant.

You need to have a high and steady income. This requirement is because of the above three factors. Schwab, for one, estimates that earnings, before considering the defined-benefit plan contribution, need to be $250,000 or more a year to make the cost of running the plan low relative to the tax savings.

I mention these factors not to scare you away, but to emphasize that these personal defined-benefit plans arent for everyone. But since most investors in my experience arent even aware that they exist, chances are that some of you could benefit greatly from setting one up.

For more information, including descriptions of the Hulbert Sentiment Indices, go to The Hulbert Financial Digest or email mark@hulbertratings.com.

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Franklin Templeton Investments said Friday that Mark Mobius, executive chairman of its emerging markets group, will retire on Jan. 31 after three decades with the firm.

The fund giant hired him in 1987 to launch one of the first mutual funds focused on emerging markets, and he led this group through 2016.

“There is no single individual who is more synonymous with emerging markets investing than Mark Mobius,” said Franklin Templeton Chairman and CEO Greg Johnson, in a statement. “My colleagues and I are deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside a legend, and we thank Mark for his many years of dedicated service and tremendous contributions to the firm.”

Templeton’s emerging markets group includes about 50 investment professionals in 20 offices and over $28 billion in assets under management as of Sept. 30. Overall, the fund firm had more than $753 billion in assets under management as of Nov. 30.

“I have had the great privilege of working with an emerging markets team that includes some of the most talented and passionate people in the business, a number of whom have been with me for decades,” Mobius explained in a statement. “I leave with great confidence in the Templeton Emerging Markets team and leadership at Franklin Templeton.”

As part of Mobius’ succession plan, Stephen Dover, CFA was named chief investment officer of the emerging markets team in 2016. Mobius’ main role since that shift has been serving as a spokesman for the group.

“Mark was instrumental in building the very experienced bench of investment talent within our emerging markets team, and he is leaving the various emerging markets funds and strategies launched under his leadership in very capable hands,” said Dover in a statement.

Background

Mobius, 81, earned his Ph.D. in economics from MIT and also studied at Kyoto University in Japan, as well as at the University of Wisconsin and the University of New Mexico.

The portfolio specialist, who has been based in Singapore, wrote the books “Trading with China,” “The Investor’s Guide to Emerging Markets,” “Mobius on Emerging Markets,” “Passport to Profits, Equities — An Introduction to the Core Concepts” and more.

He is a member of the Economic Advisory Board of the International Finance Corp. (IFC), part of the World Bank Group.

“Someone asked me once if I could condense into five words the most important qualities needed for a good investor,” he once said, “and I replied: ‘Motivation, humility, hard work, discipline.'”

— Check out Templeton’s Mobius Says Low Market Volatility Tied to Social Media on ThinkAdvisor.

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