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  • Stocks End Little Changed Morningstar - 4 hours ago

    Stocks were little changed today amid limited economic and corporate news. The Congressional Budget Office said today that the Federal budget deficit will be $400 billion smaller through 2024 than it had thought in April. The biggest driver of the change is that the CBO now expects interest rates to remain low for a longer …

  • Stocks Little Changed Morningstar - 9 hours ago

    U.S. Market Stocks were little changed this morning amid limited economic and corporate news. There were no major economic data releases today. At midday the Dow was up 0.1% while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq ...

  • 11 Ways to Play Emerging Markets @ Morningstar - 14 hours ago

    Emerging markets look relatively inexpensive right now. Here are Morningstar analysts' best ideas.

  • As the sector has continued to best the broader market, a look both at the dynamics that would drive further outperformance by the sector and at funds that investors can use to tap those themes.

  • Merger agreement puts Canadian restaurant in the Top 3 and enhances its moat.

  • Stocks End Higher After Data; S&P 500 Closes Over 2,000 Morningstar - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Durable goods orders were up a much larger-than-expected 22.6% in July as orders for Boeing BA jets rose sharply in the month. The index was down 0.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis and is up 6.2% over the last year. Burger King (BKW) confirmed today that it is planning on purchasing Tim Hortons (THI) for $11 billion. …

  • CEF Update: News You Can Use @ Morningstar - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

    Mergers, tender offers, and distribution changes.

  • Stocks Rise After Economic Data Morningstar - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks rose this morning, with the S&P 500 hitting a fresh intraday record, after new economic data. Durable goods orders were up a much larger-than-expected 22.6% in July as orders for Boeing ...

  • A Land Where High Fees Reign Supreme @ Morningstar - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Alternatives have defied the trend of making low costs king.

  • Finding the Right Advisor or Trustee @ Morningstar - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    It's all about low costs, a sensible strategy, and sound ethics.

  • Getting a Read on Mortgage REITs @ Morningstar - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    This high-income vehicle warrants close scrutiny given interest-rate uncertainty.

  • Stocks End Higher; S&P 500 Pulls Back From 2,000 Level Morningstar - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 4:20 PM EDT

    Stocks rallied today with the S&P 500 rising over 2,000 for the first time before pulling back slightly in late trading. Burger King (BKW) is considering purchasing Tim Hortons (THI) and moving its corporate headquarters in Canada in order to lower its tax rate. Burger King shares soared over 19% while Tim Hortons was …

  • Active Versus Passive Is the Wrong Question @ Morningstar - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    The cost is what counts.

  • Stocks Rise; S&P 500 Tops 2,000 for First Time Morningstar - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks rallied this morning with the S&P 500 rising over 2,000 for the first time. New home sales were down 2.4% in July from June to an annual rate of 412,000, below the 425,000 rate expected ...

  • Discount Apparel Retailer's Stock Looking Good at These Prices @ Morningstar - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    We think Ross is perfectly positioned to gain market share with its brand-name merchandise at a discount.

  • Is Janus on the Mend? @ Morningstar - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    This fund company is trying to right the ship.

  • Don't Be Scared of Rising Interest Rates @ Morningstar - Sun, Aug 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Our study shows that diversified portfolios perform just fine.

  • A 401(k) Rollover Checklist @ Morningstar - Sun, Aug 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Is deciding what to do with an orphan 401(k) on your to-do list? Here are seven steps for getting it done.

  • Marriage and Investing: Not Always Happily Ever After @ Morningstar - Sun, Aug 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    What happens when spouses disagree on how to invest or one lacks any interest? Readers share their stories.

  • A Shift in Health-Care M&A Activity @ Morningstar - Sat, Aug 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Recent deals have been driven more by tax strategies than therapeutic synergies.

  • Can the U.S. Economy Go It Alone? @ Morningstar - Sat, Aug 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Paradoxically, weak overseas economics have probably helped the U.S. at least as much as it has hurt.

  • Stocks End Mostly Lower; Yellen Speech, Ukraine Eyed Morningstar - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    Stocks were mostly lower today after Fed Chair Janet Yellen and ECB head Mario Draghi's speeches in Jackson Hole and renewed worries over Ukraine. Janet Yellen told a central banking conference this morning that the jobs market has improved greatly over the last five years, but that is not yet fully recovered. Dynegy …

  • There's Still More to AIG’s Turnaround Story @ Morningstar - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:30 PM EDT

    We believe there's still gas in the tank.

  • Stocks Little Changed After Yellen Morningstar - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were little changed this morning after Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s speech in Jackson Hole. Janet Yellen told a central banking conference this morning that the jobs market has improved greatly over the last five years, but that is not yet fully recovered. Dynegy (DYN) announced plans to acquire 6.1 GW of coal and …

  • A Rundown on Return of Capital @ Morningstar - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Return of capital is a nuanced topic.

  • Low-Cost Exposure to Taxable Municipal Bonds @ Morningstar - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    By investing in Build America Bonds, this fund gets exposure to taxable municipal bonds with interest payments subsidized by the federal government.

  • Stocks End Higher After Data; S&P Hits New Record Morningstar - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    Stocks were higher today after generally upbeat economic data and ahead of tomorrow’s highly anticipated speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. The S&P 500 closed at a new record high. Initial unemployment claims fell a slightly larger than expected 14,000 last week to 298,000.

  • Stocks Mostly Higher After Data; S&P Hits New Record Morningstar - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were mostly higher this morning after generally upbeat economic data and ahead of tomorrow’s highly anticipated speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. The S&P 500 hit an all-time record intraday high before pulling back slightly. Initial unemployment claims fell a slightly larger than expected 14,000 last week to 2 …

  • Bank of America Settlement Not the End @ Morningstar - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    A large settlement with the Department of Justice resolves much of the bank's crisis-era misdeeds, but it's difficult to foresee a day when B of A and its peers are free of improprieties and the associated ...

  • More Work, But Plenty of Opportunity Ahead for HP @ Morningstar - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 9:21 AM EDT

    Management is executing well, but investors should wait for a larger margin of safety before diving into HP, says Morningstar's Pete Wahlstrom.

  • Combing Through the Emerging-Markets Debt Category @ Morningstar - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Ample in variety and in new offerings.

  • Account-maintenance, transaction, and investment expenses have the potential to eat away at your tax savings.

  • Stocks End Mostly Higher After Fed Minutes Morningstar - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Stocks moved higher today after the release of the minutes from the last Fed meeting. Minutes from the last Fed meeting revealed that there was debate within the FOMC about raising rates sooner than expected due to improving economic data.

  • Stocks Little Changed Ahead of Fed Minutes Morningstar - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were little changed this morning ahead of the release of the minutes from the last Fed meeting. At midday the Dow was up 0.2%, the S&P 500 was 0.1% higher while the Nasdaq was flat. The firm also posted worse than expected quarterly results on flat same-store sales. Narrow-moat PetSmart (PETM) reported soft second-quarter …

  • These Funds' Strong Star Ratings Don't Tell the Whole Story @ Morningstar - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Despite their rosy returns during the recent rally, these bull-market stars posted big losses in 2008.

  • Seeking Small-Cap Moats: Winmark @ Morningstar - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    This intriguing retail franchising and equipment rental company finds its niche.

  • Is the Aggregate Index Too Heavy in Treasuries? @ Morningstar - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Record Treasury issuances during the past decade have made the index more conservative than most intermediate-term bond funds.

  • Stocks End Higher After Data, Earnings Morningstar - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    Stocks were higher today after economic data and earnings. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in July from June levels. Earnings per share rose to $1.52 compared to $1.24 a share in the year-ago quarter and analyst expectations of $1.44 a share.

  • Stocks Higher After Data, Earnings Morningstar - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were higher this morning after economic data and earnings. At midday the Dow, S&P 500 were each up 0.4% while the Nasdaq was 0.2% higher. Earnings per share rose to $1.52 compared to $1.24 a share in the year-ago quarter and analyst expectations of $1.44 a share. TJX (TJX) reported strong quarterly results to …

  • Invesco's Continued Evolution Bears Watching @ Morningstar - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Several concerns mute this firm's stewardship profile.

  • 10 High-Conviction Purchases by the Ultimate Stock-Pickers @ Morningstar - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Top managers continue to exercise a lot of patience as they look for buying opportunities in a U.S. equity market that has risen close to 40% since the start of 2013.

  • Don't Know a 'Put' From a 'Call'? Read This @ Morningstar - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    We set the record straight on some options-trading terminology.

  • Stocks End Higher as Ukraine Tensions Ease Morningstar - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks rose today amid signs of easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Treasury prices fell on the day with the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond rising up to 2.39% after hitting a 14-month ...

  • Stocks Rise as Ukraine Tensions Ease Morningstar - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks rose this morning amid signs of easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Home builder confidence rose in August according to a survey released by the National Association of Home ...

  • An Overlooked Vehicle for Retirement Savings @ Morningstar - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Health-savings accounts are the only triple tax-advantaged vehicle in the tax code.

  • Emerging Markets Planting the Seeds for Fertilizer Growth @ Morningstar - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    As caloric needs increase around the world, potash companies are a good way to play the trend.

  • Two Medalists From My Buy List @ Morningstar - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    I bought shares of a Silver-rated fund and a Gold-rated fund.

  • Say What? Investing Jargon Drives Some Batty @ Morningstar - Sun, Aug 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Readers share their biggest pet peeves when it comes to financial-industry speak.

  • A Few Picks to Tide Over the Bargain-Hunters @ Morningstar - Sun, Aug 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    In a fully valued market, there are worse things than buying wide-moat names at decent discounts.

  • One of Yellen's Favorite Metrics 'Jolts' Ahead @ Morningstar - Sat, Aug 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The formerly unimportant job openings report has taken on a new significance and recently suggests a tightening labor market.

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