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  • U.S. Market Stocks ended higher today ahead of a busy earnings week. There were no major economic data releases today. At midday, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up 0.9% and 1.4% respectively. The Dow was ...

  • Big Blue's shedding of businesses with low returns on capital is a good idea, but weaker demand for the firm's core products is likely to weigh.

  • Stocks Rise Ahead of Busy Earnings Week Morningstar - 23 hours ago

    U.S. Market Stocks were higher today ahead of a busy earnings week. There were no major economic data releases today. At midday, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up 0.4% and 0.7% respectively. The Dow was off ...

  • Will Big Inflows Slow These Top Foreign Funds? @ Morningstar - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Popularity can be a burden.

  • Our Favorite Oil Services Firm @ Morningstar - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Schlumberger is a best-in-class name being treated as one of the herd.

  • 2 Key Decisions for Your Retirement Withdrawal Strategy Morningstar - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    Translating your nest egg into a cash flow generator requires careful consideration.

  • How to Handle Beneficiary Designations Morningstar - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    Tips for ensuring your assets flow to the right people.

  • Investors' Tips for Juggling Multiple Investing Goals @ Morningstar - Sun, Oct 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Meeting various objectives calls for coming up with a system, many readers say.

  • An Aggressive Retirement Saver Portfolio @ Morningstar - Sun, Oct 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    We employ actively managed mutual funds and a stock-heavy portfolio mix.

  • The Global Financial Cycle: Where Are We Now? @ Morningstar - Sat, Oct 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    As the world found out in 2008, it's crucial to track macrofinancial risks.

  • Diagnosing the Market's Mood Swings @ Morningstar - Sat, Oct 18, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    Europe woes, retail sales data, and mixed earnings rocked markets this week, but not all the news was as bad as it seemed.

  • Stocks End Higher After Earnings, Data Morningstar - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Stocks rallied today after earnings and data. The Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 86.4 in the beginning of October, above the final September reading of 84.6 and the 84.0 expected by economists.

  • GE Reports Solid Profitability Gains @ Morningstar - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    With GE's wide moat resting squarely in its industrial business, we're pleased to see the firm move toward its long-term goal of increasing its industrial earnings contribution.

  • Stocks Rally After Earnings, Data Morningstar - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks rallied this morning after earnings and data. The Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 86.4 in the beginning of October, above the final September reading of 84.6 and the 84.0 expected by economists.

  • Google: Slowing Growth, Higher Expenses No Cause for Alarm @ Morningstar - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 10:05 AM EDT

    Despite higher R&D costs at the wide-moat firm, we're maintaining our fair value estimate, says Morningstar's Rick Summer.

  • Opportunity in the World’s Roads, Railways, and Water Systems @ Morningstar - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    iShares Global Infrastructure provides a broad, inexpensive way to invest in global infrastructure.

  • Strong Pipeline Blazes Trail for ATV Maker Polaris @ Morningstar - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Product innovation and overseas expansion led us to raise the firm's economic moat rating to wide, says Morningstar's Jaime Katz.

  • Stocks End Little Changed in Volatile Trading Morningstar - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks ended little changed today after Wednesday’s massive losses in choppy trading. Initial unemployment claims fell by 23,000 last week to 264,000, the lowest level in 14 years. The less ...

  • Stocks Lower in Choppy Trading After Wednesday’s Drop Morningstar - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were lower again today after Wednesday’s massive losses in choppy trading. Initial unemployment claims fell by 23,000 last week to 264,000, the lowest level in 14 years. The less volatile ...

  • EBay: Marketplaces Volume and Margins Raise Concerns @ Morningstar - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 8:40 AM EDT

    We're nevertheless maintaining our fair value estimate as PayPal continued to show good momentum, says Morningstar's R.J. Hottovy.

  • New Funds Generate More Excitement Than Results @ Morningstar - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Putting new funds to the test.

  • Improving the Odds in Active Management @ Morningstar - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    American Funds' new study makes the case for seeking funds with low fees and high manager ownership.

  • Commodities CEFs Tank in September @ Morningstar - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The Bond King's departure had a small impact on CEF performance compared with the onslaught in the commodities market.

  • Netflix's Third-Quarter Subscriber Growth Disappoints @ Morningstar - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 10:00 PM EDT

    The firm's move to raise prices and invest in marketing and original content is sound even if it has slowed subscriber growth in the short-term, says Morningstar's Peter Wahlstrom.

  • Stocks End Sharply Lower After Volatile Day Morningstar - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    The Dow was down by nearly 450 points at one point before recovering somewhat in late trading. Intel (INTC) continues to benefit from a corporate PC refresh cycle and reported third-quarter results that were within our expectations. Similar to the second quarter, Intel was boosted by a corporate PC refresh cycle driven …

  • Microsoft's (Mis)Adventures in Hardware @ Morningstar - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Strategic changes may allow for reduced direct investment in hardware.

  • The Most Popular ETF Debuts of 2014 @ Morningstar - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Diverse new launches have covered the gamut from income to strategic beta to bespoke offerings.

  • Stocks End Mostly Higher as Earning Seasons Kicks Off Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) were down around 0.3% after the firm reported third-quarter earnings. JPMorgan’s net interest income rose from $10.8 billion to $11.1 billion, but net interest margin was pressured as cash balances rose and loan yields continued to fall.

  • Citi’s Simplification Not Driving Growth @ Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 2:27 PM EDT

    Citigroup's newly announced divestitures are a sound strategy, but the global bank is not experiencing exceptional growth rates due to refocusing.

  • Stocks Rise as Earning Seasons Kicks Off Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    At midday the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up 0.8%, 1.2% and 1.4% respectively. Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) were down around 1% after the firm reported third-quarter earnings. JPMorgan’s net interest income rose from $10.8 billion to $11.1 billion, but net interest margin was pressured as cash balances rose and loan yields …

  • Wells Fargo Deepens Its Funding Moat @ Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 11:48 AM EDT

    Low-cost core deposits--the key source of Wells Fargo's narrow moat--grew during the third quarter, but low rates and regulatory costs will be headwinds.

  • Cost Management Will Be Key for JPMorgan Valuation @ Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 10:24 AM EDT

    The bank will find it harder to cut expenses as revenue begins to rebound and legal expenses become a cost of doing business.

  • Led by Drug Sales, J&J Posts Solid Third Quarter @ Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    New drug launches are helping offset tepid consumer and device growth, but competition will likely weigh on the health-care giant next year.

  • Did You Notice These New Sector Bets? @ Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Three funds that have seen big shifts in sector allocations in the past three years.

  • Is Quality Cheap? @ Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Yes.

  • Getting a Handle on Risk-Adjusted Returns @ Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Formula assumes investors are willing to forego part of return for reduced volatility.

  • Top Fund Ideas for Retirement Bucket Portfolios Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    We search for sturdy core funds to provide fixed-income and equity exposure.

  • Retirement Health-Care Costs: The Swing Factors Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    Your current health, geography, and gender all play a role--plus why longevity may cost you.

  • Don't Set and Forget Your Retirement Withdrawal Rate Morningstar - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    In Part 3 of a three-part interview, T. Rowe Price's Christine Fahlund addresses the highly debated issue of withdrawal rates and the merits of "practicing retirement."

  • Abby Johnson to Become CEO of Fidelity @ Morningstar - Mon, Oct 13, 2014 5:03 PM EDT

    She will succeed her father, Ned Johnson, who will remain Fidelity's chairman.

  • Stocks End Sharply Lower Again Morningstar - Mon, Oct 13, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were lower again today after last week’s heavy losses and ahead of corporate earnings. There were no major economic data releases this morning. At market close the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P ...

  • Stocks Move Lower Ahead of Earnings Morningstar - Mon, Oct 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were lower again this morning after last week’s heavy losses and ahead of corporate earnings. There were no major economic data releases this morning. At midday the Dow and Nasdaq were ...

  • Darden's Board Sent Away From the Table @ Morningstar - Mon, Oct 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Substantial structural and operating changes are ahead.

  • In Hindsight, Here's What Retirees Wish They'd Known @ Morningstar - Sun, Oct 12, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    From the financial crisis to decisions about where to live and everything in between, retired readers share their regrets.

  • Stocks Fall Again in Choppy Trading Morningstar - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 4:40 PM EDT

    Stocks fell again today in choppy trading after Thursday’s massive sell-off. Symantec (SYMC) officially announced it intends to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies late Thursday.

  • Stocks Lower in Choppy Trading Morningstar - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were lower this morning in choppy trading after Thursday’s massive sell-off. Symantec (SYMC) officially announced it intends to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies late Thursday. One company, to be named Symantec, will sell security products and services, while the other company (which has …

  • Dos and Don'ts for Leaving IRA Assets to Your Loved Ones @ Morningstar - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Some strategies take maximum advantage of an IRA's tax-savings benefits.

  • How to Widow-Proof (or Widower-Proof) Your Portfolio @ Morningstar - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Here are six simple ways to make sure your spouse is 'set'--in every respect.

  • Gift and Estate Taxes: Why You Might Never Owe a Penny @ Morningstar - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Widely misunderstood rules require that you file paperwork for large gifts although few ever pay taxes on them.

  • A Look at the HP Split @ Morningstar - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    There is value in a breakup, but it won't be transformational.

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