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  • A review of the data--plus weighing the intangibles--can help you arrive at the right decision.

  • Investors Show Willingness to Buy Untested Funds @ Morningstar - 1 hour 14 minutes ago

    Looking at 10 years of fund flows through the lens of volatility.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Drop Ahead of Claims, Earnings Morningstar - 2 hours 23 minutes ago

    U.S. stock index futures were down Thursday ahead of the usual weekly jobless data and a raft of earnings releases. The S&P 500 Futures were down 12.25 points to 1952.75 points while the Nasdaq Futures dropped 25.20 points to 3943.30 points. First-time jobless claims for last week are due at 8.30 a.m. Eastern Time, following …

  • Stocks Pare Losses After Fed Statement Morningstar - 15 hours ago

    Stocks pared early losses today after upbeat economic data and no signs that the Fed was going to raise rates sooner than expected. As expected, the Fed announced today that it is keeping key rates in place and is trimming another $10 billion from its bond-buying program. The Fed also said that the economy is doing better …

  • U.S. GDP grew at a 4% rate in the second-quarter according to the first estimate by the Commerce Department. The government’s payroll and unemployment rate report are due out on Friday.

  • We're more optimistic about Twitter's ability to become a mass-market advertising platform, but shares are overvalued at today's levels, says Morningstar's Rick Summer.

  • Robo-Buffett Funds on the Cheap @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    State Street's newly launched MSCI Quality Mix exchange-traded funds offer good value.

  • Cash Flow and Growth Prospects Give This Retailer a Rare Wide Moat @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Costco's superior cost advantages and potential for expansion remain compelling.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Up Ahead of GDP Data Morningstar - Wed, Jul 30, 2014 5:42 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures were trending higher Wednesday ahead of preliminary data on second –quarter growth, with investors also focused on the Federal Reserve’s latest rate statement due later in the ...

  • Stocks End Lower After Expanded Russia Sanctions Morningstar - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    Stocks were lower today after earnings, economic data and news that both the EU and the U.S. announced that they were expanding sanctions on Russia. Home prices were up 9.4% year-over-year in May according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 10 City Home Price Index. The Conference Board reported this morning that consumer confidence …

  • Stocks Mixed After Data, Earnings Morningstar - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were mixed this morning after earnings and economic data. Home prices were up 9.4% year-over-year in May according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 10 City Home Price Index. The Conference Board reported this morning that consumer confidence is at its highest level since October 2007 . At midday the Dow was flat, the S&P …

  • CEF Update: News You Can Use @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The merger train rolls on.

  • 4 Foreign-Stock Funds That Aren’t Scared of Emerging Markets @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Both moderate and bold options.

  • Are Some Flexible Funds Proving Academics Wrong? @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Tactical target-date funds are outperforming those that don't zig when the market zags.

  • Prepaid 529 Plans Becoming Rarer @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    A dozen states still offer them, but some became casualties of tuition inflation and market conditions.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Signal Lower Open Morningstar - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 5:57 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street stocks Tuesday. The S&P 500 Futures were off 3.25 points to 1969.75 points while the Nasdaq Futures were down 4.70 points to 3955.30 points. ...

  • Stocks End Little Changed After Housing Data, M&A Morningstar - Mon, Jul 28, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Stocks were little changed today disappointing housing data. Pending home sales fell 1.1% in June from May levels according to the National Association of Realtors. Dollar Tree (DLTR) is purchasing Family Dollar (FDO) at an enterprise value of $9.2 billion. The $74.50 a share offer represents a 23% premium over Family …

  • Stocks Lower After Housing Data, M&A News Morningstar - Mon, Jul 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were lower this morning after disappointing housing data. Pending home sales fell 1.1% in June from May levels according to the National Association of Realtors. Economists had expected ...

  • Growth Game's Not Over for This Sporting Goods Retailer @ Morningstar - Mon, Jul 28, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Dick's has steadily improved returns in a competitive industry.

  • Tips for an Early Retirement @ Morningstar - Sun, Jul 27, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    On the virtues of investing early and well, not supersizing your home, and being in the right place at the right time.

  • 50 Must-Know Statistics About Long-Term Care @ Morningstar - Sun, Jul 27, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    A review of the data--plus weighing the intangibles--can help you arrive at the right decision.

  • Inflation May Be Topping Out @ Morningstar - Sat, Jul 26, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    June CPI data showed some moderation, and consumers could see more price relief in the future.

  • Stocks Lower After Earnings Morningstar - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were lower this morning after a handful of disappointing earnings reports. Durable goods orders were up 0.7% in June from May levels. Economists had expected a 0.5% rise in the month. ...

  • Cost-Cutting Offsets Increased Incentives in Visa's 3Q @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    The wide-moat firm continued to keep a tight lid on expenses, and it is making the right moves in the digital world, says Morningstar's Jim Sinegal.

  • Amazon's Long-Term Potential Overshadows Near-Term Worries @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    The online retail giant's third-quarter outlook draws some concern, but we have conviction in the firm's margin expansion and investments, says Morningstar's R.J. Hottovy.

  • How Safe Is Your CEF's Distribution? @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    As rates grind lower, the opportunity set of high-yielding investments will shrink.

  • Our Favorite Telecom Stock in Asia @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Merging its J:COM stake and offering converged services have been key to KDDI's success.

  • China Opens Its Onshore Equity Markets to Foreigners @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    China enthusiasts can now gain access to China's A-share market via ETFs.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Drop Morningstar - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 6:37 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures were trending lower Friday a day after the S&P 500 inched to a new record. The S&P 500 Futures were off 4.00 points to 1976.75 points while the Nasdaq Futures were down 15.30 points ...

  • Stocks End Lower After Earnings Morningstar - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    Stocks were lower today after a handful of disappointing earnings reports. Durable goods orders were up 0.7% in June from May levels. Gross margins increased 210 basis points to 30.7% even after "substantial price reductions" within AWS. In our view, this implies increased contribution from Fulfillment by Amazon (third-party …

  • Stocks End Flat; Data, Earnings In Focus Morningstar - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    Stocks were little changed today after earnings and economic data. Initial unemployment claims fell 19,000 to 284,000 last week, the lowest level since February 2006 and well below the 310,000 claims expected by economists. New home sales dropped 8.1% in June to a seasonally adjusted rate of 406,000. Facebook's (FB) …

  • The New Rules for Money Market Funds @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    Yes, they do affect retail funds.

  • GM Still Has a Bright Future @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 2:20 PM EDT

    The automaker turned in disappointing second-quarter results, but there still is potential for significant margin improvement over the next few years, says Morningstar's Dave Whiston.

  • Stocks Rise After Earnings, Data Morningstar - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were mostly higher this morning after earnings and economic data. Initial unemployment claims fell 19,000 to 284,000 last week, the lowest level since February 2006 and well below the ...

  • Shift in Wireless Plans Creates Messy Quarter for AT&T @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Although the move away from subsidized rate plans is an overall positive for AT&T, changing customer behavior could create bumps, especially around cash flow.

  • Facebook Shows Why It's a Giant in the Mobile Space @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    The social-networking firm's second-quarter ad revenue soared, particularly in the mobile business, but despite Facebook's upward potential, shares are slightly overvalued at current prices.

  • Watch Out for the Tax Bill on These Funds @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    High outflows, a low cash stake, and accumulated capital gains may create a perfect storm.

  • 3 Portfolio Risks You May Be Overestimating @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    In their efforts to avoid certain risk factors, investors may be inadvertently exacerbating others.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Trend Higher Before Earnings, Data Morningstar - Thu, Jul 24, 2014 6:16 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures were trending higher Thursday with investors focused on earnings due from Ford and Caterpillar, apart from some data reports. The S&P 500 Futures were up 2.50 points to 1983.25 points while the Nasdaq Futures added 10.30 points to 3985.80 points. Jobless claims data is expected at 8.30 a.m. Eastern …

  • Stocks Finish Mostly Higher After Earnings Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 4:10 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks ended mostly higher Wednesday as investors focused on a number of corporate-earnings reports. No major economic data were scheduled for release Wednesday, but Treasuries rose amid global ...

  • Stocks Mostly Higher After Earnings Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were up at midday as global markets continued to digest a number of corporate-earnings reports. After Tuesday's closing bell, Apple (AAPL) reported solid third-quarter earnings and gave investors a fourth-quarter outlook that was relatively in line with Morningstar analysts' expectations. Also after market close …

  • Management's cost-cutting, restructuring, and strategic moves should help Microsoft regain lost ground in the mobile devices and the cloud, says Morningstar's Norm Young.

  • Seeking Small-Cap Moats: Douglas Dynamics @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    This snowplow manufacturer shows pricing power indicative of a narrow moat, and a warmer winter might melt investors' high expectations and create an entry point into this stock.

  • 2 More Key Moat Sources @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    In this final excerpt from their new book, Morningstar's Heather Brilliant and Elizabeth Collins examine how companies can build competitive advantages around network effect and scale efficiency.

  • So Where Are the Equity Values? @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Bargains are hard to find in a market hovering just above fairly valued levels, but new data may provide some clues.

  • Hidden Risks in Emerging-Markets Debt? @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Fickle foreign portfolio flows add another dimension of volatility.

  • What Has Time Taught Bill Bernstein? @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Insights from Bernstein's new book, Rational Expectations.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Trend Higher Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 6:17 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures were up Wednesday with the focus remaining on earnings reports. The S&P 500 Futures were up 2.75 points to 1977.75 points while the Nasdaq Futures were up 6.30 points to 3956.80 points. Boeing and PepsiCo are due to report results before the market opens. Boeing was down 0.4% in after-hours while …

  • Apple’s Results a Mixed Bag, But All Eyes on iPhone 6 @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 11:00 PM EDT

    New product pipeline buzz and management's bullishness on holiday revenue growth overshadow modestly disappointing third-quarter revenue, says Morningstar's Brian Colello.

  • Stocks Finish in Green After Data, Earnings Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 4:10 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks ended higher as investors focused on data and corporate-earnings reports, though concerns about Russia and Gaza continued to make headlines. The June consumer price index, a key measure ...

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