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  • Stocks End Mostly Lower; ISM Data Eyed Morningstar - 6 hours ago

    Dollar General (DG) increased its bid for Family Dollar (FDO) to $80 per share from $78.50 and said it is willing to divest itself of as many as 1,500 stores (versus 700 in the previous proposal) if required to do so in order to circumvent regulatory constraints. Family Dollar's board rejected Dollar General's previous …

  • Stocks Mixed After ISM Data Morningstar - 10 hours ago

    The closely watched ISM manufacturing index rose to 59% in August from 57.1% in July, well above the 56.1% reading expected by economists. Dollar General (DG) increased its bid for Family Dollar (FDO) to $80 per share from $78.50 and said it is willing to divest itself of as many as 1,500 stores (versus 700 in the previous …

  • CEF Update: News You Can Use @ Morningstar - 11 hours ago

    Nuveen Investments had a busy week.

  • Under-the-Radar Medalists @ Morningstar - 15 hours ago

    Six funds we've known about for a while but that investors have missed.

  • Not All Risk Measures Are Created Equal @ Morningstar - 15 hours ago

    Standard deviation and downside capture ratio provide similar but not identical insights into fund performance.

  • Are Long-Term Care Insurance Hybrids All They're Cracked Up to Be? @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 1, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    While hybrid life/long-term care policies offer flexibility, today's purchasers could be fighting the last war.

  • Splunk Makes a Splash in Big Data @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 1, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    But a strong quarter doesn't change our fair value estimate for this data-analytics software firm.

  • Why You Might Choose to Work in Retirement @ Morningstar - Sun, Aug 31, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Extra income, a sense of purpose, and social connections are just some of the reasons retirees give for staying in the labor force.

  • Noted Manager Stays Off the Beaten Path With New Global Fund @ Morningstar - Sun, Aug 31, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    David Iben kept a low profile when he left Nuveen Tradewinds, but now the contrarian is back to running a new global all-cap strategy.

  • Cybercrime and Your Investments: What You Need to Know @ Morningstar - Sat, Aug 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Two financial-industry experts discuss what investors can do to protect themselves and their assets, plus what firms are doing to help fight the problem.

  • U.S. Consumers Remain on Strike @ Morningstar - Sat, Aug 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Hopefully, their boost in savings will start to burn a hole in the economy's pocket.

  • A Birthday Gift Buffett Would Truly Appreciate @ Morningstar - Sat, Aug 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    These stocks might be too small for Warren Buffett, but individual investors may want to give them a look.

  • Stocks End Strong August With Modest Gains Morningstar - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    Stocks ended August with modest gains on a day that saw the release of mostly promising economic numbers. The final August reading for the University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters consumer sentiment index showed it rising to 82.5, up from an 81.8 reading at the end of July. Meanwhile, consumer spending numbers for July …

  • Stocks Head Higher; Data in Focus Morningstar - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    The final August reading for the University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters consumer sentiment index showed it rising to 82.5, up from an 81.8 reading at the end of July. Meanwhile, consumer spending numbers for July showed a 0.1% decline, according to the Commerce Department, possibly indicating that consumers are becoming …

  • Burton Malkiel's Latest Advice for Investors @ Morningstar - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    Patience, emerging-markets stocks, and municipal bonds.

  • Return-of-Capital Special Cases @ Morningstar - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    A closer look at MLP and covered call closed-end funds.

  • A Sustained Rebound Ahead for Homebuilders? @ Morningstar - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    This ETF offers the greatest exposure to homebuilding companies, which have significantly trailed the broader market since the start of 2013 but which recently have posted some good news.

  • 5 Key Questions for JPMorgan Investors @ Morningstar - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Outperformance is increasingly unlikely.

  • Stocks End Lower; Data, Ukraine Eyed Morningstar - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were lower today after data and continued concerns over the Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today that Russian forces have entered Eastern Ukraine and have taken over ...

  • Stocks Lower; Data, Ukraine Eyed Morningstar - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were lower this morning after data and continued concerns over the Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today that Russian forces have entered Eastern Ukraine and have taken over several towns. Initial unemployment claims fell by 1,000 last week to 298,000, below expectations of 300,000 claims. Pending …

  • Have Investors Noticed These Manager Changes? @ Morningstar - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    These funds continued to get inflows after the managers responsible for their records departed.

  • For a small category, the world-bond group features a confusing array of choices.

  • Stocks End Little Changed Morningstar - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    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 - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    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 - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

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

  • Where Are the Opportunities in U.S. Health Care? @ Morningstar - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    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. …

  • 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 ...

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