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  • Stocks Rise After Earnings, Data Morningstar - 48 minutes ago

    U.S. Market Stocks were mostly higher this morning after earnings and economic data. Initial unemployment claims fell 19,000 to 284,000 last week, the lowest level since February 2006 and well below the ...

  • Shift in Wireless Plans Creates Messy Quarter for AT&T @ Morningstar - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    Although the move away from subsidized rate plans is an overall positive for AT&T, changing customer behavior could create bumps, especially around cash flow.

  • The social-networking firm's second-quarter ad revenue soared, particularly in the mobile business, but despite Facebook's upward potential, shares are slightly overvalued at current prices.

  • Watch Out for the Tax Bill on These Funds @ Morningstar - 5 hours ago

    High outflows, a low cash stake, and accumulated capital gains may create a perfect storm.

  • 3 Portfolio Risks You May Be Overestimating @ Morningstar - 5 hours ago

    In their efforts to avoid certain risk factors, investors may be inadvertently exacerbating others.

  • U.S. stock index futures were trending higher Thursday with investors focused on earnings due from Ford and Caterpillar, apart from some data reports. The S&P 500 Futures were up 2.50 points to 1983.25 points while the Nasdaq Futures added 10.30 points to 3985.80 points. Jobless claims data is expected at 8.30 a.m. Eastern …

  • U.S. Market Stocks ended mostly higher Wednesday as investors focused on a number of corporate-earnings reports. No major economic data were scheduled for release Wednesday, but Treasuries rose amid global ...

  • Stocks Mostly Higher After Earnings Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were up at midday as global markets continued to digest a number of corporate-earnings reports. After Tuesday's closing bell, Apple (AAPL) reported solid third-quarter earnings and gave investors a fourth-quarter outlook that was relatively in line with Morningstar analysts' expectations. Also after market close …

  • Management's cost-cutting, restructuring, and strategic moves should help Microsoft regain lost ground in the mobile devices and the cloud, says Morningstar's Norm Young.

  • Seeking Small-Cap Moats: Douglas Dynamics @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    This snowplow manufacturer shows pricing power indicative of a narrow moat, and a warmer winter might melt investors' high expectations and create an entry point into this stock.

  • 2 More Key Moat Sources @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    In this final excerpt from their new book, Morningstar's Heather Brilliant and Elizabeth Collins examine how companies can build competitive advantages around network effect and scale efficiency.

  • So Where Are the Equity Values? @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Bargains are hard to find in a market hovering just above fairly valued levels, but new data may provide some clues.

  • Hidden Risks in Emerging-Markets Debt? @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Fickle foreign portfolio flows add another dimension of volatility.

  • What Has Time Taught Bill Bernstein? @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Insights from Bernstein's new book, Rational Expectations.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Trend Higher Morningstar - Wed, Jul 23, 2014 6:17 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures were up Wednesday with the focus remaining on earnings reports. The S&P 500 Futures were up 2.75 points to 1977.75 points while the Nasdaq Futures were up 6.30 points to 3956.80 points. Boeing and PepsiCo are due to report results before the market opens. Boeing was down 0.4% in after-hours while …

  • Apple’s Results a Mixed Bag, But All Eyes on iPhone 6 @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 11:00 PM EDT

    New product pipeline buzz and management's bullishness on holiday revenue growth overshadow modestly disappointing third-quarter revenue, says Morningstar's Brian Colello.

  • Stocks Finish in Green After Data, Earnings Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 4:10 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks ended higher as investors focused on data and corporate-earnings reports, though concerns about Russia and Gaza continued to make headlines. The June consumer price index, a key measure ...

  • Stocks Higher After Data, Earnings Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were higher at midday as investors focused on data and corporate-earnings reports. The June consumer price index, a key measure of inflation, increased 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis. Separately, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said housing prices increased 0.4% in May, while the April reading saw an upward …

  • We Remain Encouraged by Coke’s Cash Flow @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:39 AM EDT

    Improved volume and pricing has helped Coke grow operating income despite currency and other headwinds, says Morningstar's Adam Fleck.

  • Netflix Has a Robust Growth Profile, but Upside Is Priced In @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    The video content provider's investments in marketing and original series should deliver solid returns, but shares are already at overvalued levels.

  • Chipotle Continues to Build Case for an Economic Moat @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 9:52 AM EDT

    Chipotle's phenomenal 17.3% comp increase during a tepid quarter for restaurant operators is a testament to the firm's business model, but valuation levels remain a concern, says Morningstar's R.J. Hottovy....

  • The Temptations and Dangers of Higher-Yielding Funds @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    A shift is under way in the makeup of the taxable-bond universe.

  • The Trade-Off Between Diversification and Knowledge @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    And when to make big bets.

  • CEF Update: News You Can Use @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Two funds lower fees.

  • Puzzled by Investing Jargon? @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    We clear up terms such as margin of safety, risk-free rate of return, and sensitive stocks.

  • 2 Key Sources of Moat @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    In this second excerpt from their new book, Morningstar's Heather Brilliant and Elizabeth Collins detail how companies leverage cost advantage and switching costs to their benefit.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Up Ahead of Data, Earnings Morningstar - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 6:06 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures were trending higher Tuesday ahead of inflation data for June and a batch of earnings reports. The S&P 500 Futures were up 6.50 points to 1972.75 points while the Nasdaq Futures were up 15.00 points to 3940.80 points. Later, at 10.00 a.m., the National Association of Realtors will release its …

  • Stocks End Lower on Global Tensions Morningstar - Mon, Jul 21, 2014 4:20 PM EDT

    Stocks ended lower Monday as concerns about the escalating military conflict in Gaza weighed on global markets. Also drawing worries were international relations with Russia, which might endure additional economic sanctions from Europe following last week's crash of a Malaysia Airlines jet, which Russia-supported separatists …

  • Stocks Lower on Global Tensions Morningstar - Mon, Jul 21, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks opened the week lower as concerns about the escalating military conflict in Gaza weighed on global markets. Also drawing worries were international relations with Russia, which might endure additional economic sanctions from Europe following last week's crash of a Malaysia Airlines jet, which Russia-supported separatists …

  • Pipe Dreams: Time to Sell These Gas Utilities @ Morningstar - Mon, Jul 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Attractive growth opportunities can't cover up nosebleed valuations.

  • What Makes a Moat? @ Morningstar - Mon, Jul 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    In an excerpt from their new book, Morningstar's Heather Brilliant and Elizabeth Collins explore how to identify a moat and how intangible assets can help a firm carve out a sustainable competitive advantage....

  • The Few, the Proud, the 30-Year Veterans With Good Results @ Morningstar - Mon, Jul 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    A look at some Morningstar Medalists with remarkable longevity and results.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Slightly Lower Morningstar - Mon, Jul 21, 2014 6:37 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures traded slightly lower Monday indicating a negative open on Wall Street. The S&P 500 Futures were down 3.75 points to 1967.75 points while the Nasdaq Futures were down 2.30 points to 3928.00 points. The economic calendar is nearly empty and features just the Chicago Fed’s National Activity Index …

  • Are 401(k) Funds Second-Rate? @ Morningstar - Sun, Jul 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    These funds may have been second-rate but seem no longer to be.

  • Should You Add Longevity Protection to Your Retirement Plan? @ Morningstar - Sun, Jul 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Longevity annuities might be a newly available option for your IRA, but retirees should weigh the pros and cons before buying these vehicles.

  • How Does Your Family Talk About Money? @ Morningstar - Sun, Jul 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    It's an area fraught with land mines, but readers share tips for improving the communication flow among family members.

  • What Will Undo the Low-Rate Environment? @ Morningstar - Sat, Jul 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Any one of several key questions will shape the path of real interest rates in the long term.

  • Consumers' Emergence From Winter Hibernation Continues @ Morningstar - Sat, Jul 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Increasing employment and income data suggest that retail sales could accelerate even more from here.

  • Stocks Rebound From Thursday’s Losses to End Higher Morningstar - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    AbbVie (ABBV) announced on July 18 that it has reached an agreement with Shire (SHPG) on the final terms of its takeover offer, which is GBP 22.44 in cash and 0.8960 shares of AbbVie resulting in a value GBP 52.48 per Shire share based on AbbVie’s price of $53.52 at the market's close on July 17. Google (GOOG)(GOOGL) logged …

  • Stocks Rebound From Thursday’s Losses Morningstar - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    AbbVie (ABBV) announced on July 18 that it has reached an agreement with Shire (SHPG) on the final terms of its takeover offer, which is GBP 22.44 in cash and 0.8960 shares of AbbVie resulting in a value GBP 52.48 per Shire share based on AbbVie’s price of $53.52 at the market's close on July 17. Google (GOOG)(GOOGL) logged …

  • A Lot to Like in Google's Second Quarter @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    Although some of Google's nontraditional products could have smaller margins, they still have strong potential for growth, and the stock remains a suitable core holding for many investors.

  • In 2014's First Half, MLPs Reign King @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Regional equities struggled but MLPs surged ahead in the first half of 2014.

  • Acquisitions Are a Value-Enhancing Strategy for VF @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Moat-building cost and brand advantages position the firm well.

  • Strategic Beta: Taking the Alpha Out of AlphaDEX @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    At first blush, this fund's strategy appears complex, but it is essentially a combination of traditional factors and equal weighting.

  • U.S. Stock Futures Edge Higher Morningstar - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 6:20 AM EDT

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a slightly positive open for Wall Street stocks Friday following a sharply lower closing the previous session. The S&P 500 Futures edged up 0.50 points to 1954.00 points while the Nasdaq Futures were up 2.80 points to 3878.80 points. The earnings calendar is light this Friday at the …

  • Stocks End Lower; Geopolitical Worries, Earnings Eyed Morningstar - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Stocks ended sharply lower today as the market reacted to news of a jet crash in the Ukraine, a ground invasion of Gaza, new economic data and earnings. Initial unemployment claims fell by a larger-than-excepted 3,000 last week to 305,000. Housing starts fell 9.3% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 893,000. …

  • Stocks Lower; Ukraine Worries, Earnings, Data in Focus Morningstar - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were lower this morning as the market reacted to news of a missing jetliner over the Ukraine and considered new economic data and earnings. Initial unemployment claims fell by a larger-than-excepted 3,000 last week to 305,000. Building permit applications also came in below expectations, falling 4.2% to a seasonally …

  • Microsoft Layoffs Don't Change Our Valuation of the Stock @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    The majority of the layoffs stem from redundancies following the Nokia acquisition while Microsoft looks to streamline operations, but we expect additional details in the firm's fourth-quarter earnings ...

  • 3 Reasons to Stay Bullish on eBay @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 8:48 AM EDT

    Management's response to the Marketplaces data breach, the firm's impressive gains in payment and mobile volumes, and its capital-allocation efforts are reasons why Morningstar's R.J. Hottovy is maintaining ...

  • Investors Are Fleeing These 3 Funds, but Should They? @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Weak relative performance has spurred outflows.

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