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  • Don't dismiss traditional index funds, static-allocation funds, or traditional IRAs, among others, without careful consideration.

  • 3 Funds That Go Their Own Way @ Morningstar - 1 hour 35 minutes ago

    Here are a few fixed-income prospects to watch.

  • U.S. stocks were mixed but largely flat Wednesday, as investors digested mixed earnings news and the Federal Reserve's statement on rates. Shares of Apple (AAPL) rose 6.6% Wednesday after the iPhone maker beat expectations despite reporting that profit fell 27% in its fiscal third quarter. Morningstar's director of …

  • Coke’s Marketing Can’t Overcome Headwinds @ Morningstar - 19 hours ago

    Volume slowed in Coke's second quarter, but we still think the firm can grow over the long-term and are sticking with our fair value estimate.

  • Stocks Mixed Ahead of Fed Statement Morningstar - 19 hours ago

    U.S. stocks were mixed midday Wednesday, as investors digested mixed earnings news and awaited the Federal Reserve's statement on rates, expected at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Shares of Apple (AAPL) rose 6.6% Wednesday after the iPhone maker beat expectations despite reporting that profit fell 27% in its fiscal third quarter. …

  • These Mutual Funds Are New but Still Worthy @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 27, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Although they've been around for less than five years, many of these funds benefit from a wealth of experience.

  • Starbucks' Weakness Only Temporary @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 27, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Brand, channel, and technology advantages result in one of the widest moats in the consumer sector.

  • Navigating ETF Premiums and Discounts @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 27, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    What is net asset value? Why does it matter? And how can you ensure that you are buying and selling ETFs at a fair price?

  • Twitter Not Cheap Enough Yet @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 27, 2016 1:00 AM EDT

    Disappointing guidance is sending shares of the social networker lower, but we'd wait for a larger margin of safety before investing.

  • Apple Isn’t Rotting After All @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 9:05 PM EDT

    We're confident in our long-term view of Apple ahead of the crucial iPhone 7 launch.

  • Stocks End Little Changed as Earnings Roll In Morningstar - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 4:50 PM EDT

    Stocks were little changed today as earnings rolled in and ahead of the Fed’s statement tomorrow. New home sales rose 3.5% in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000. Consumer confidence was down slightly in July according to the Conference Board.

  • McDonald's Facing Cyclical, Not Structural, Issues @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 1:24 PM EDT

    We're trimming our fair value estimate for McDonald's, but we think the firm's long-term competitive advantages remain intact.

  • Stocks Lower as Earnings Roll In Morningstar - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks headed lower this morning as earnings rolled in and ahead of the Fed’s statement tomorrow. Home prices were up 5.2% in May from the previous year according to the Case-Shiller 20-city ...

  • Tips for Maximizing Your 401(k) Match @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    We tackle reader questions about annual contribution limits, how your contribution amount could be too high, and how the match math works.

  • 10 Under-the-Radar and Up-and-Coming Funds @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    We've added to our Morningstar Prospects list of intriguing, little-known, or new strategies.

  • Who Bought U.S. Stocks After 2008? @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 26, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Don't look close to home for the answer.

  • Investor Demand for U.S. Corporate Bond Remains Insatiable Morningstar - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 2:00 PM EDT

    Even in earnings season, trading volume remains high.

  • Stocks Fall Ahead of Busy Earnings Week Morningstar - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 11:40 AM EDT

    Stocks were broadly lower this morning ahead of a busy earnings week. Verizon (VZ) has finally captured its target, agreeing to acquire Yahoo’s (YHOO) core business for $4.8 billion. While the deal is too small to have a material impact on our fair value estimate or moat rating for Verizon overall, we aren’t enamored …

  • Verizon Bags Yahoo, But We Question the Strategic Rationale @ Morningstar - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 8:32 AM EDT

    The $4.8 billion deal won't move the needle on valuation, but we're skeptical that Verizon will be able to reinvigorate Yahoo.

  • Is the Golden Era of Dividend Growth Over? @ Morningstar - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Several factors are conspiring to thwart dividend growth, explains Morningstar DividendInvestor editor Josh Peters.

  • GE Offers High-Quality Earnings in a Slow-Growth World @ Morningstar - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Its latest results show resilience in the face of macroeconomic volatility.

  • 6 Ways to Simplify Your Retirement Portfolio Plan @ Morningstar - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Come up with a streamlined strategy, then skinny down the number of accounts and holdings that you have.

  • 3 Funds Vulnerable to a Growth Meltdown @ Morningstar - Mon, Jul 25, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    These funds have hefty exposure to healthcare and tech stocks.

  • What Makes Fidelity Contrafund Different @ Morningstar - Sun, Jul 24, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    This Silver-rated behemoth follows a typical growth strategy, but Will Danoff's execution is what sets this fund apart.

  • The Mind Games Investors Lose @ Morningstar - Sun, Jul 24, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Investor returns reveal why sometimes investors are their own worst enemy.

  • Retirement Accounts: Keep Contributing After Age 70 1/2? @ Morningstar - Sat, Jul 23, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    It may sound strange, but this technique can work well in some circumstances.

  • Brexit Bark Worse Than Its Bite? @ Morningstar - Sat, Jul 23, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Despite all the angst, purchasing manager data suggests that things are not falling apart in Europe.

  • Morningstar Runs the Numbers @ Morningstar - Sat, Jul 23, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    We take a numerical look through this week's Morningstar research. Plus, our most popular articles and videos for the week ended July 22.

  • Stocks Modestly Higher After Earnings Morningstar - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 11:50 AM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were modestly higher in choppy trading this morning. At midday the Dow was flat, the S&P 500 was up 0.2% while the Nasdaq was 0.4% higher. Stocks on the Move Shares of General Electric ...

  • Chipotle Shares Under Review, Cut Expected to Fair Value Estimate @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

    Slow sales recovery raises questions about Chipotle's brand-intangible asset.

  • Terrific Results From GM Support Our Thesis @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    The quarter was stellar, even with currency headwinds.

  • Cheap Exposure to Small-Growth Stocks @ Morningstar - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    This ETF's significant cost advantage should translate into attractive category-relative performance.

  • Stocks Slide Into the Red Thursday Morningstar - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 6:00 PM EDT

    U.S. stocks slid into negative territory Thursday, as investors digested mixed earnings news and the ECB's decision to stand pat on rates. The European Central Bank held rates unchanged Thursday and said that it intends to keep rates at the present or possibly even lower levels for an "extended period" and that its monthly …

  • Despite CEO uncertainty, we remain confident in the firm's wide moat and competitive advantages in neurology.

  • Stocks Slip into the Red Midday Thursday Morningstar - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 12:40 PM EDT

    U.S. stocks slid into negative territory midday Thursday, as investors digested mixed earnings news and the ECB's decision to stand pat on rates. The European Central Bank held rates unchanged Thursday and said that it intends to keep rates at the present or possibly even lower levels for an "extended period" and that …

  • EBay: Better-Than-Expected Results Lead to Modest Fair Value Increase @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 12:00 PM EDT

    While eBay presents investors with a compelling capital allocation story, shares are fairly valued.

  • Joy Global's Board Unanimously Recommends Sale to Komatsu @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

    Long term, we think this transaction will enhance Joy Global-Komatsu's product suite and enable it to better compete with Caterpillar.

  • Sluggish Growth in Data Center Group Nicks Intel's Earnings @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

    Ongoing cost reduction efforts should offset tepid top-line growth this year, but shares of this wide-moat chip leader remain overvalued.

  • Revisiting 80 Years of Sloth @ Morningstar - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Voya Corporate Leaders Trust has defied expectations for decades.

  • Stock Reach New Highs Wednesday on Upbeat Earnings News Morningstar - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 4:30 PM EDT

    Stocks were particularly buoyed by better-than-expected earnings reports from Microsoft and Morgan Stanley, which helped investors regain some confidence lost after Netflix reported worse-than-expected earnings Tuesday. The Dow was up 0.2%, while the S&P 500 gained 0.4%, and the Nasdaq added 1.1%. Microsoft (MSFT) shares …

  • PIMCO Hires a New CEO @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 3:00 PM EDT

    A new business leader shouldn't have any near-term effect on how the firm's funds are managed.

  • Stocks Eye New Highs Wednesday on Upbeat Earnings News Morningstar - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were particularly buoyed by better-than-expected earnings reports from Microsoft and Morgan Stanley, which helped investors regain some confidence lost after Netflix reported worse-than-expected earnings Tuesday. Microsoft (MSFT) shares rose 6.9% after the company reported sales of its Azure cloud computing service …

  • Making Contrarian Investing Work @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Performance tends to persist in the short run, but betting on long-term losers can be a winning strategy.

  • Terrific Companies at Terrible Prices @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    We'd love to own these stocks--if only they were cheaper.

  • Resurgent Citigroup Records Another Solid Quarter @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Its turnaround plan is proceeding quietly but effectively.

  • Microsoft Continues to Excel at the Long Game @ Morningstar - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 12:05 AM EDT

    We still see modest upside in Microsoft shares today as the firm keeps making inroads in the commercial cloud.

  • Stocks Modestly Lower After Tech Earnings Morningstar - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 12:25 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were modestly lower this morning after tech earnings. Housing starts rose a larger-than-expected 4.8% in June from the previous months. Building permits were up 1.5%. At midday the Dow, ...

  • Drug Group Lifts J&J; Shares Still Overvalued @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

    We plan to raise our fair value for the pharma giant after second-quarter results, but valuation remains rich.

  • Columbia Threadneedle Is Still Finding Its Way @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Columbia Threadneedle has made strides toward a unified global brand but lacks the track record of a long-term dedication to shareholders' best interests.

  • 3 Reasons to Go Low-Cost @ Morningstar - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 7:00 AM EDT

    Survivorship, fund returns, and the return gap.

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