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  • Stocks Slide After Manufacturing Data Morningstar - 1 hour 17 minutes ago

    U.S. Market Stocks started the fourth-quarter on a down note after disappointing eurozone and U.S. manufacturing data. The closely-watched ISM manufacturing index fell to 56.6 in September from 59.0 in ...

  • As enterprises allocate spending toward data analytics, we see increasing complexity leading to opportunities for legacy technology providers and services firms.

  • Is the Market Underestimating PVH? @ Morningstar - 6 hours ago

    We think now may be a good time for investors to try on this apparel manufacturing stock.

  • Industrials: Pockets of Value in Automotive @ Morningstar - 6 hours ago

    Bargains are currently scarce in the sector, but industrials continue solid execution and segment portfolio refinement.

  • Still Some Opportunities in REITs @ Morningstar - 6 hours ago

    U.S. REITs appear somewhat overvalued as a group, but we see some opportunities in the health-care, retail, and cell tower sectors.

  • While the sector looks fairly valued overall, we still see several stocks that offer attractive valuations across the different industries, including pharmacy benefit managers.

  • Our Take on the Third Quarter @ Morningstar - 6 hours ago

    Volatility returned in the third quarter thanks to geopolitical worries, but stocks ultimately proved resilient.

  • Stock price volatility offers opportunities for investors committed to holding utilities for the long run.

  • Performance Evaluation Tool Kit @ Morningstar - 6 hours ago

    The appropriate tools may help investors distinguish luck from skill.

  • Stocks End Lower After Economic Data Morningstar - 20 hours ago

    Stocks ended lower today in choppy trading. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index came in at 86.0 in the month compared to a reading of 93.4 in the previous month. Shares of eBay (EBAY) rose 7.5% after the firm said this morning it is planning on spinning of its PayPal business in the second half of 2015.  …

  • Stocks Pare Losses After Data Morningstar - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks pared early losses today after economic data. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index came in at 86.0 in the month compared to a reading of 93.4 in the previous month. Shares of eBay (EBAY) rose over 7% after the firm said this morning it is planning on spinning of its PayPal business in the second half …

  • PayPal Spin-Off Won’t Dent eBay’s Moat @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 10:05 AM EDT

    The shared services agreement between eBay and PayPal should preserve the synergies between the businesses while allowing management to focus on enhancing their respective network effects, says Morningstar's ...

  • ETF Managed Portfolios Require a Dose of Caution @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The increasingly popular investment tool provides advisors and their clients with sophisticated allocation strategies, sometimes at an elevated price.

  • Basic Materials: A Real Estate Cloud Over China--and Many Commodities @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Chinese real estate, a big driver of demand for industrial commodities, is likely to weigh on the country's GDP growth in coming quarters.

  • Our Top Picks in the Energy Patch @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Plus, our take on the prospects for Canadian energy, where insufficient pipeline capacity is limiting access to export markets.

  • Consumer Cyclical Picks for a Slower-Growth World @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Amid global uncertainty, consumer cyclical companies with moats will fare the best, in our opinion.

  • Financial Services: Housing Market Still on the Worry List @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Bargains are still hard to find in financial services, as the U.S. mortgage market is stuck in limbo and housing bubble concerns rise in Canada.

  • A Closed Fund Watchlist @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    For contrarians only.

  • Consumer defensive firms look to offset muted growth by beefing up their competitive positioning, and select opportunities for investors remain.

  • Downgrading PIMCO Total Return to Bronze @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 10:00 PM EDT

    We remain positive on the fund overall after the departure of Bill Gross, but some resulting outflow and management uncertainties bring our rating down.

  • Caution Warranted on PIMCO Stewardship @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 7:30 PM EDT

    Even without Gross PIMCO remains a leading global fixed-income manager with broad, deep resources, but investors should be aware of several key risks.

  • Stocks End Lower; Data, Hong Kong Protests in Focus Morningstar - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks pared early losses but were still ended lower today. Growing pro-Democracy protest in Hong Kong rattled markets today. Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds dropped to 2.481%, the lowest ...

  • Stocks Pare Early Losses; Global Tensions in Focus Morningstar - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks pared early losses but were still mostly lower at midday. Growing pro-Democracy protest in Hong Kong rattled markets today. Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds dropped to 2.481%, the ...

  • Credit Market Outlook: Corporate Bonds in for a Struggle @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    With interest rates poised to rise further and credit spreads near their tightest levels since the end of the 2008–09 credit crisis, we expect rising rates to largely offset the yield that investment-grade ...

  • Funds With Newer Managers Can Still Earn Medals @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Old wine, new bottles.

  • Should P&C Insurers Be Afraid of Climate Change? @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The situation is complex, but ultimately we think investors shouldn't be overly concerned.

  • Stock Market Outlook: Keep Your Expectations in Check @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Current valuation levels imply mediocre total returns and an elevated risk of a material drawdown.

  • Economic Outlook: 2015 Could Bring More of the Same @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    We may likely be entering a period of slower growth, but no growth at all is unlikely.

  • Much Ado About Cash @ Morningstar - Sun, Sep 28, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Think liquid holdings aren't worth talking about given today's low interest rates? Some beg to differ.

  • 6 Success Factors for Retirement @ Morningstar - Sun, Sep 28, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Handle these factors correctly to ensure a successful retirement plan.

  • U.S. Manufacturing Powers Ahead, but Housing Gets Hazy @ Morningstar - Sat, Sep 27, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    The manufacturing sector looked particularly strong this week, while housing data was mixed.

  • PIMCO Draws On Its Deep Bench @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 8:05 PM EDT

    PIMCO's post-Gross announcements bring some relief.

  • Stocks End Higher After Data Morningstar - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were higher today after GDP data. Second-quarter GDP growth was revised upward to 4.6% from 4.2% today. The increase was driven mostly by a revision to business investment growth to ...

  • Stocks Rise After Data Morningstar - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were higher this morning after GDP data. Second-quarter GDP growth was revised upward to 4.6% from 4.2% today. The increase was driven mostly by a revision to business investment growth ...

  • PIMCO Funds Under Review Following Gross' Exit @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 11:25 AM EDT

    PIMCO to name replacement by end of day.

  • PIMCO Outflows Will Hurt Allianz @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    We're placing PIMCO parent Allianz under review as we assess the impact of the a potential flood of outflows that could follow Bill Gross to Janus.

  • Gross a Coup for Janus @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    Even with the baggage that Gross brings with him from the turmoil that has surrounded PIMCO over the past year or so, we see the move as a likely positive for Janus Capital Group shareholders.

  • A Tale of Two Dividend Growth Funds @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    While these two funds pursue similar strategies, the active fund may have an edge over its index-based counterpart.

  • Consolidation Considerations in Kinder Deal Aftermath @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    We see upside for Kinder and an exit strategy for other master limited partnerships.

  • From the Mailbag: Rising Rates and CEFs @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Responding to reader questions about rising interest rates.

  • Stocks Sink After Durable-Goods Report Morningstar - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks sunk this morning after disappointing durable-goods data. Durable-goods orders fell 18.2% in August from July levels, worse than the 17.5% decline expected by economists. The big drop ...

  • Mairs & Power Small Cap Merits a Second Look @ Morningstar - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    This young fund comes from a company that is an old Morningstar favorite.

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  • Stocks End Higher After Housing Data Morningstar - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks erased early losses today and moved higher after housing data. New home sales were up 18% in August from July levels, the biggest month-on-month increase since 1992. Sales are now at ...

  • Stocks Move Higher After Housing Data Morningstar - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks erased early losses this morning after housing data. New home sales were up 18% in August from July levels, the biggest month-on-month increase since 1992. Sales are now at the highest ...

  • These Allocation Funds Have Earned Their Keep @ Morningstar - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Is a plain-vanilla 60/40 index fund that hard to beat? Apparently so.

  • Seeking Small-Cap Moats: Latchways @ Morningstar - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    U.K.-based Latchways' fall protection products keep workers--and the firm's competitive advantages--safe.

  • 2014 Morningstar ETF Conference @ Morningstar - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Get investable ideas and engaging strategies from Morningstar analysts and other ETF experts.

  • Stocks End Lower After Mixed Global Data Morningstar - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    Stocks were lower today as global growth worried continued to weigh. Markit said that Germany’s manufacturing sector grew at the slowest rate in 15-months while factory growth in the entire eurozone hit a 14-month low. Chinese growth was better than expected as the HSBC flash purchasing managers index moved up to 50.5 …

  • CEF Update: News You Can Use @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Two Federated CEFs experience distribution cuts.

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