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  • More important than the headline number were the falling unemployment rate, much higher-than-expected wage growth, and even upward movement in the number of hours worked.

  • Stocks sank today, led by losses in the tech sector, after a jobs report that came in below expectations. The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs last month, below the 175,000 jobs expected by economists. The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, fell to 4.9% which is the lowest rate since early …

  • Stocks Head Lower After Jobs Report Morningstar - 23 hours ago

    Stocks head lower today after a jobs report that came in below expectations. The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs last month, below the 175,000 jobs expected by economists. The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, fell to 4.9% which is the lowest rate since early 2008.

  • Still No Margin of Safety in LinkedIn Shares @ Morningstar - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 11:00 AM EST

    The professional networking site's shares tumbled on poor 2016 guidance, but that doesn't mean they are a good value today, writes Morningstar's Neil Macker.

  • Pfizer's Pipeline Productivity Is Improving @ Morningstar - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    The pharma giant is mitigating its patent losses, and we think it's undervalued.

  • Cheap Exposure to Large-Value Stocks @ Morningstar - Fri, Feb 5, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    This ETF is one of the best bargains in the U.S. large-value Morningstar Category.

  • Stocks End Higher After Choppy Trading Day Morningstar - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 5:50 PM EST

    Stocks ended higher today after a choppy trading day. Initial unemployment claims were up by 8,000 last week to 285,000. Shares of ConocoPhillips (COP) were down over 8.55% today after the firm reported disappointing results and lowered its dividend.

  • Stocks Little Changed in Choppy Trading Morningstar - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 12:00 PM EST

    Stocks were little changed at midday in choppy trading. Initial unemployment claims were up by 8,000 last week to 285,000. Shares of ConocoPhillips (COP) were down over 5% this morning after the firm reported disappointing results and lowered its dividend.

  • Morningstar's Guide to 2016's Market Volatility @ Morningstar - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Stay up to date on what's moving the markets--and what it means for your portfolio--with our research and commentary.

  • 8 Top Fund Portfolios in Pictures @ Morningstar - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Take a look at the buys and sells of some top funds across the Morningstar Style Box.

  • Maybe You Should Sell Some Stocks @ Morningstar - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Not everyone should sit still despite the market's turbulence.

  • Stocks Stage Late Rally After Oil Rebounds Morningstar - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 6:00 PM EST

    U.S. Market Stocks turned higher in late trading today after a rebound in oil prices. ADP reported this morning that the private-sector added a larger-than-expected 205,000 jobs last month. December’s ...

  • Stocks Lower; Data, Oil Eyed Morningstar - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 12:00 PM EST

    Stocks were lower this morning as data and oil prices were eyed. The report comes ahead of Friday’s official payroll and unemployment rate numbers. Oil prices were choppy this morning after a report of another rise in crude inventories in the U.S.

  • Exxon Girds for Lower-for-Longer Oil Prices @ Morningstar - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 7:28 AM EST

    Exxon's move to cut capital expenditures is a departure for the firm and shows the company expects prices to remain low for an extended period, writes Morningstar's Allen Good.

  • Allegheny and Carpenter Are Undervalued @ Morningstar - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Near-term headwinds hide attractive aerospace growth prospects.

  • What to Make of the Buyback Bonanza @ Morningstar - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Buybacks are in vogue, but many investors still prefer good old-fashioned dividends.

  • A Social Security and Medicare Checklist for Near-Retirees @ Morningstar - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Be sure to navigate the sign-up processes for these programs properly, warns Morningstar contributor Mark Miller.

  • Long-Term Investors: Don't Write Off Chipotle @ Morningstar - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 4:42 AM EST

    The embattled firm is in for a rough 2016, but longer-horizon investors may be rewarded for their patience with the narrow-moat name, writes Morningstar's R.J. Hottovy.

  • BP's Dividend at Risk? @ Morningstar - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 7:00 PM EST

    The oil giant has capacity to protect its payout, but if oil remains below $40 a barrel through 2017, it may need to dial it back, writes Morningstar's Stephen Simko.

  • Stocks End Sharply Lower as Oil Falls Morningstar - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 5:45 PM EST

    Stocks were sharply lower today as oil prices moved lower. Oil futures fell further today as hope for production cuts faded. Alphabet (GOOG)(GOOGL) posted mixed fourth-quarter results which beat consensus estimates for revenue and EPS while falling short versus operating income projections.

  • Pfizer Looks Undervalued @ Morningstar - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 2:41 PM EST

    We think the market is underestimating the pharma giant's long-term earnings potential.

  • Stocks Follow Oil Lower Morningstar - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 11:30 AM EST

    Stocks were lower today as oil prices moved lower. Alphabet (GOOG)(GOOGL) posted mixed fourth-quarter results which beat consensus estimates for revenue and EPS while falling short versus operating income projections. The quarter was the first time management reported financial results by operating segments (Google …

  • Minding the Curve @ Morningstar - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Why duration doesn't tell the whole story.

  • The SEC's Derivatives Proposal @ Morningstar - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    A solution in search of a problem?

  • Wide-Moat Alphabet Reports Mixed End to 2015 @ Morningstar - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 11:30 PM EST

    Google drove solid revenue growth even if operating income fell short of our expectations, writes Morningstar's Neil Macker.

  • Stocks End Flat; Weak Data, Falling Oil, Fed Eyed Morningstar - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 5:15 PM EST

    Stocks pared losses today to end little changed after disappointing data as oil prices headed lower and as Fed Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer gave a dovish talk. Personal spending was flat in December from the previous month according to a report from the Commerce Department released this morning.

  • T. Rowe Price Shuffles Managers @ Morningstar - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 2:10 PM EST

    New managers for the firm's Institutional Large Cap Growth, New America Growth, and Health Sciences funds.

  • Stocks Pare Losses; Weak Data, Falling Oil Eyed Morningstar - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 11:45 AM EST

    Stocks pared losses this morning, but off to a weak start after disappointing data and as oil prices headed lower. Personal spending was flat in December from the previous month according to a report from the Commerce Department released this morning. The PCE price index, which is the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, …

  • 3 Choices for Those Expecting an Emerging-Markets Rebound @ Morningstar - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Innovative emerging-markets funds may catch the eye, but the traditional type has the edge for most investors.

  • Check In to Priceline @ Morningstar - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    The online travel agency is set to profit from growth in international markets.

  • The Best Resources for Retirement Planning: Reader Favorites @ Morningstar - Sun, Jan 31, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Morningstar.com readers swap tips on where to turn for advice when crafting a retirement plan.

  • Data Quirks--and a Gift From Japan--Take Sting Out of Lackluster GDP @ Morningstar - Sat, Jan 30, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    While the sequential GDP growth number didn't look good, same-quarter to same-quarter growth has been much less volatile.

  • Stocks End Sharply Higher After BOJ Move Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 5:30 PM EST

    U.S. Market Stocks were sharply higher today after a new round of stimulus from the Bank of Japan. Japan’s central bank surprised markets by unveiling negative interest rates on some deposits. The move ...

  • Stocks Higher After BOJ Move Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 12:00 PM EST

    U.S. Market Stocks were higher this morning after a new round of stimulus from the Bank of Japan. Japan’s central bank surprised markets by unveiling negative interest rates on some deposits. The move ...

  • Pullback in Amazon Shares Creates Buying Opportunity @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 9:16 AM EST

    Concerns over profitability in the fourth quarter are overblown, creating a possible entry point for the wide-moat retailer, writes Morningstar's R.J. Hottovy.

  • Microsoft’s Cloud Transition On Track @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 8:57 AM EST

    The wide-moat software firm's shift to cloud is moving full steam ahead, but the market has already priced this in.

  • Harley Stops Its Slide @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Market share losses abate in its latest quarter.

  • Morningstar's 5-Step Retirement-Portfolio Assessment @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Gauge the viability of your overall strategy, check your asset allocation, evaluate the quality of your investments, and more.

  • Pros and Cons of Income-Generating Strategies in Retirement @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Living off of current yields is just one way to extract the cash flow you need.

  • The Squeeze on Fund Expenses @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Will it spread to financial-advisory fees?

  • This fund seeks to thread the needle between money markets and traditional ultrashort-bond funds.

  • Income vs. Total Return: Who Says You Need to Take Sides? @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Don't get hung up on labels; the best approach melds both strategies.

  • Generating Cash Flow With the Bucket Approach @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    The best strategies allow investors to be strategic when tapping long-term assets.

  • Stocks End Higher; Facebook Earnings, Oil Eyed Morningstar - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 5:30 PM EST

    Initial unemployment claims fell by 16,000 to 278,000 last week, below the 280,000 claims expected by economists. Durable goods orders were down a larger-than-expected 5.1% in December. Shares of Facebook (FB) surged over 15% today after the firm reported upbeat results late Wednesday.

  • Stocks Give Up Early Gains to Trade Mixed Morningstar - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 12:00 PM EST

    Initial unemployment claims fell by 16,000 to 278,000 last week, below the 280,000 claims expected by economists. Durable goods orders were down a larger-than-expected 5.1% in December. Revenues were up 52% in the fourth-quarter year-over-year and quarterly profit rose to over $1 billion for the first time.

  • Don't Be Dogmatic About Retirement-Portfolio Withdrawals @ Morningstar - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    In high- (or low-) tax years, retirees may have reason to flout the rules of thumb on withdrawal sequencing.

  • Currently low tax rates are one of the key reasons that taxable accounts should be part of most investors' tool kits.

  • Are You Holding Your Assets in the Right Types of Accounts? @ Morningstar - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Taking care with asset placement can result in big tax savings.

  • Oppenheimer: Moving Forward, But Still Work to Do @ Morningstar - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    A new CEO is not making any dramatic changes as the firm continues working to put its financial-crisis-era problems behind it.

  • Get a Tax-Smart Plan for In-Retirement Withdrawals @ Morningstar - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 7:00 AM EST

    Consider these strategies to stretch out your tax savings during your retirement years.

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