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  • What to Think About Fund Company Mergers @ Morningstar - 8 hours ago

    Running through the numbers.

  • Smart investors would steer clear of these high-premium investments.

  • Tesla Factory Electrifies Lithium Producers @ Morningstar - 8 hours ago

    Rockwood and SQM could see opportunities to invest in their moats, but we still expect lithium price pressure.

  • Frito-Lay North America enjoyed 4% organic revenue growth, led by mid-single-digit gains in U.S. salty snacks and price increases across the portfolio. Google's (GOOGL) first-quarter results showed another solid quarter of revenue growth, but aggressive investment in data center capacity led to a decline in free cash flows. …

  • About That TIAA-CREF Deal @ Morningstar - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Why buy Nuveen?

  • Sensex Outperforms in Muted Asian Session Morningstar - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:30 AM EDT

    The Sensex outperformed markets in the Asian region with bank and tech stocks driving gains for the benchmark. Trading was thin in most markets ahead of the Easter break beginning tomorrow. The Nikkei ...

  • The Elusive Diversified Natural-Resources Fund @ Morningstar - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Finding a balanced equity natural-resources fund can be challenging.

  • Does Your Portfolio Need a 'Succession Plan'? @ Morningstar - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Even dedicated do-it-yourselfers should follow these key steps.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Lower Before Data, Earnings Morningstar - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:41 AM EDT

    U.S. stock futures pointed to a lower open Thursday ahead of a batch of data and after Google the previous evening posted disappointing results. The S&P 500 Futures were down 4.75 points to 1848.00 points ...

  • European Markets Slip Morningstar - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:58 AM EDT

    European markets edged lower Thursday with socks mostly moving on earnings related news. The FTSE was down 0.3%. The CAC 40 Paris slipped 0.1% while the German DAX was down 0.3%. Producer price inflation ...

  • Asian Markets Edge Up in Thin Trade Morningstar - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 2:10 AM EDT

    The Nikkei was up a marginal 0.2%. The Shanghai Composite slipped 0.1% while the Hang Seng was up 0.4%. The Sensex gained 0.8% and the All Ordinaries added 0.6%. Earlier, data showed foreign direct investment in China fell 1.47% in March to $12.24 billion.

  • Stocks End Higher After Beige Book, Data, Earnings Morningstar - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 4:10 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks finished higher following the release of the Fed's beige book as well as economic data and corporate earnings. Most of the Fed's regional banks reported modest to moderate economic expansion ...

  • Stocks Higher After Data, Earnings Morningstar - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were higher at midday with global markets monitoring economic data and corporate earnings. Overnight, China reported a 7.4% first-quarter increase in gross domestic product, and a 12.1% gain in retail sales for March.

  • This Stock Is Primed to Deliver @ Morningstar - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The recent sell-off makes wide-moat Amazon even more attractive.

  • Small Fund Firms, Strong Stewards @ Morningstar - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    They're not the biggest names in the fund world, but these small shops have proven track records of protecting investors' interests.

  • A Low-Volatility Approach to Emerging Markets @ Morningstar - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Low-volatility strategies can work well in more-volatile asset classes.

  • Nikkei Leads Gains; China GDP in Focus Morningstar - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 2:44 AM EDT

    The Nikkei outperformed regional Asian bourses Wednesday even as China released data showing better-than-expected economic growth in the first quarter. The Nikkei advanced 3%. The Shanghai Composite traded ...

  • Nikkei Surges; China GDP Tops Forecast Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 6:50 PM EDT

    The Nikkei outperformed regional Asian bourses Wednesday even as China released data showing better-than-expected economic growth in the first quarter. The Nikkei advanced 3%. The Shanghai Composite edged ...

  • European Markets Gain Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 5:44 PM EDT

    European markets were up Wednesday tracking gains in global markets as an upbeat sentiment prevailed brought on by positive economic growth figures from China. The FTSE was up 0.4%. The CAC 40 Paris gained ...

  • Stocks Down on Yellen, Russia Woes; Data, Earnings Eyed Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks pared earlier gains and fell into the red by midday as global markets digested heavy news flow from multiple angles. Fed chair Janet Yellen said in a recorded statement this morning that the Fed is considering additional regulations for the largest financial-services companies, particularly increasing the banks' …

  • Asian Markets End Mixed Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 7:14 AM EDT

    Asian markets ended mixed Tuesday. The Nikkei gained 0.6%. Chinese markets fell after hefty liquidity draining measures from the country's apex bank. The Shanghai Composite fell 1.4% while the Hang Seng ...

  • How to Decode Risk and Return Measures @ Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Green is good, and red is bad. But what do the ratings mean?

  • Another Look at a Popular Dividend Growth Fund @ Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Using the latest factor research to identify the drivers of Vanguard Dividend Appreciation's outperformance.

  • Former Artio Managers Take It Slow in New Venture @ Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The same investment strategy, but a more-restrained business plan.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Flat Ahead of Data Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 6:33 AM EDT

    U.S. stock futures signaled a steady open for Wall Street stocks Tuesday ahead of a batch of data. The S&P 500 Futures edged up 0.50 points to 1825.00 points while the Nasdaq Futures gained 3.00 points ...

  • Stocks End Higher as Ukraine Fears Subside Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 4:25 AM EDT

    Stocks cut their losses and finished higher following reports that Ukrainian forces have secured an airport in the eastern part of the country, thus tempering fears of any escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia today. Earlier in the day, Russian military forces were spotted in eastern Ukraine, sparking worries …

  • European Markets Trend Lower Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 4:04 AM EDT

    European markets trended lower Tuesday after some downbeat corporate updates and after European foreign ministers agreed to step up sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. The FTSE slipped ...

  • Asian Markets Mixed Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 2:28 AM EDT

    Asian markets traded mixed Tuesday. The Nikkei was up 0.6%. Chinese markets fell after hefty liquidity draining measures from the country's apex bank. The Shanghai Composite fell 1.1% while the Hang Seng ...

  • CEF Update: TIAA-CREF Acquires Nuveen Investments Morningstar - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 2:00 AM EDT

    Deal makes TIAA-CREF a significant CEF manager.

  • TIAA-CREF to Acquire Nuveen Investments Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    TIAA-CREF has announced that it has no plans at this time to tinker with Nuveen's operations.

  • Franklin Growth Manager Jerry Palmieri Dies at Age 85 Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 12:20 PM EDT

    He was the first-ever recipient of Morningstar's Fund Manager of the Year award.

  • Stocks Up on Data, Earnings Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were higher at midday, with investors cheering retail-sales data. The Commerce Department reported a 1.1% increase in retail sales for last month compared with February's reading.

  • Asian Markets End Weak Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 7:31 AM EDT

    Asian markets ended on a weak note Monday following negative cues from Wall Street stocks last week Friday and as tensions over Ukraine intensified. The Nikkei declined 0.4%. The Shanghai Composite closed ...

  • The Bucket Approach to Retirement Portfolio Construction @ Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The bucket approach to retirement portfolio planning is a strategy for funding retirement cash-flow needs while also maintaining a diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds, and cash. The overarching idea is to set aside one to two years' worth of living expenses in cash (bucket 1), while using additional buckets to hold …

  • Why PIMCO Total Return Retained Its Gold Rating @ Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Viewed in the context of its competitors, you can see why PIMCO Total Return is still an elite fund.

  • All Dressed Up and Ready to Go @ Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Apparel manufacturers are solidifying their brand identities and cost efficiencies to build moats.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Edge Lower Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 6:58 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a slightly lower open for Wall Street stocks Monday. The S&P 500 Futures declined 1.50 points to 1810.25 points while the Nasdaq Futures fell 5.70 points to 3438.30 points. ...

  • European Markets Fall Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 4:38 AM EDT

    European markets were lower Monday, in line with a weak trend in global markets even as the Ukraine crisis flared once again over the weekend. The FTSE was down 0.6%. The CAC 40 Paris gave up 0.7% while ...

  • Asian Markets Start Week Lower Morningstar - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 2:05 AM EDT

    Asian markets began on a weak note Monday following another drop for Wall Street stocks Friday and as tensions over Ukraine intensified over the weekend. The Nikkei edged up 0.1%. The Shanghai Composite ...

  • With Social Security, Waiting Can Be the Hardest Part @ Morningstar - Sun, Apr 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Life expectancy, loss aversion, and fears of program insolvency are among the reasons people claim early.

  • What to Do With Your 401(k) When You Retire @ Morningstar - Sun, Apr 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Find out how these investors weighed the pros and cons of rolling money into an IRA versus staying put.

  • High-Frequency Traders: Part 2 @ Morningstar - Sat, Apr 12, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    What Michael Lewis didn't write.

  • World Growth Prospects Looking a Little Shakier @ Morningstar - Sat, Apr 12, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Chinese imports and exports are lagging, indicating a slower growth economy.

  • Stocks Add to Losses After Data, Earnings Morningstar - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    The producer price index, which measures price businesses receive for their products, rose a larger-than-expected 0.5% in March. Prices were up 0.6% excluding food and energy.

  • PIMCO's Toloui Treasury-Bound, Steps Down From 2 Funds Morningstar - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT

    Toloui has been the global co-head of PIMCO's Emerging Markets Portfolio Management since 2011 and the chair of the firm's Asia-Pacific Portfolio Committee since 2012.

  • Stocks Lower After Data, Earnings Morningstar - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    The producer price index, which measures price businesses receive for their products, rose a larger-than-expected 0.5% in March. Prices were up 0.6% excluding food and energy.

  • Tokyo Sharply Lower in Weak Asia Morningstar - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 7:11 AM EDT

    Japanese markets led declines for Asian stocks Friday, tracking sharp losses on Wall Street overnight as the Nasdaq suffered its worst day since late 2011. Markets across Asia were spooked by the scale ...

  • This Bank-Loan Fund Is a Standout Morningstar - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    A sound, repeatable process executed by an experienced team drove us to upgrade our rating on this closed-end fund.

  • How Will Abenomics Force This Stock to Evolve? @ Morningstar - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    We expect a progressive change in this insurer's product mix and investment strategies.

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