Friday, August 01, 2014
The Economy
Morningstar’s Bob Johnson sees the addition of jobs in the higher-paying sectors and a stable hours-worked metric as good signs for the labor market.
Dividend Investing
Paychex is one of a few firms with both an abundant capacity to pay a big dividend and a strong willingness to do so, says Morningstar’s Josh Peters.
Morningstar Minute: Stock of the Week
The recent decline in same-store sales growth at TJX is being driven by temporary weather trends and not an erosion of the firm's moat.
    Morningstar Minute
    Category Overview
    Despite muted expectations for the high-yield space, Morningstar analyst Sumit Desai identifies two solid funds for investors seeking exposure.
      Morningstar Specialists
      Christine Benz: Real-life Finance
      A review of the data--plus weighing the intangibles--can help you arrive at the right decision.
        Matt Coffina: Wide-Moat Investing
        Recent decelerating revenue growth has disappointed investors but is a temporary phenomenon, says Morningstar StockInvestor editor Matt Coffina.
          Russ Kinnel: Fund Investing
          Index funds aren't the only vehicles suitable for taxable accounts, and Morningstar's Russ Kinnel offers three names that can help minimize the tax hit.
            Sam Lee: Rational Investing
            State Street's newly launched MSCI Quality Mix exchange-traded funds offer good value.
              Bob Johnson: Reading Indicators
              June CPI data showed some moderation, and consumers could see more price relief in the future, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
                Josh Peters: Dividend Investing
                Planned consolidation should contribute to better pricing power in this shrinking industry, but one name stands out among the rest.
                  Rekenthaler Report
                  Yes, they do affect retail funds.
                    Stocks
                    Earnings News
                    With lower user time spent on its platform and user data collected, Twitter's ad revenue has constraints versus Facebook, and investors should moderate their expectations.
                    Real Life Finance
                    College Savings Radar
                    College remains a good long-term investment, but years of stagnant wages and student debt await recent graduates.
                      Mutual Funds
                      Fund Spy
                      Looking at 10 years of fund flows through the lens of volatility.
                        Perspectives
                        Perspectives: Schwab
                        Are the U.S. equity market's recent stumbles bumps in the road or something more serious?
                          ETFs
                          ETF Spotlight
                          China enthusiasts can now gain access to China's A-share market via ETFs.
                            Closed-End Funds
                            CEF Weekly
                            As rates grind lower, the opportunity set of high-yielding investments will shrink.
                              Bonds
                              Video Report
                              The risk of bank-loan defaults is muted at the same time investor demand for such products remains elevated, but this volatile asset class is not for near-term cash needs, says Fidelity's Eric Mollenhauer.
                                Market Barometer
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                                Value—Growth
                                Day Return
                                +1.25%
                                0
                                -1.25%
                                1Wk Return
                                +1.25%
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                                -1.25%
                                1Mo Return
                                +4%
                                0
                                -4%
                                3Mo Return
                                +8%
                                0
                                -8%
                                1Yr Return
                                +20%
                                0
                                -20%
                                3Yr Return
                                +20%
                                0
                                -20%
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                                Market Consensus
                                NA
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                                Market Consensus
                                220K
                                Actual
                                209K
                                Market Consensus
                                225K
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                                198K
                                Market Consensus
                                6.1%
                                Actual
                                6.2%
                                Market Consensus
                                0.2%
                                Actual
                                0.0%
                                Market Indexes
                                DJIA
                                16,458
                                -105.4
                                -0.6%
                                S&P 500
                                1,918
                                -12.6
                                -0.7%
                                NASDAQ
                                4,329
                                -40.6
                                -0.9%
                                Morningstar U.S. Market
                                4,835
                                -33.4
                                -0.7%
                                Morningstar Small Cap
                                7,239
                                -70.5
                                -1.0%
                                Commodity Futures
                                Gold
                                $1,293.70
                                0.97%
                                Aug 14
                                Light Crude
                                $97.30
                                -0.89%
                                Sep 14
                                Natural Gas
                                $3.85
                                0.26%
                                Sep 14
                                Maturity
                                %Yield
                                6 Month
                                0.05
                                2 Year
                                0.53
                                5 Year
                                1.76
                                10 Year
                                2.58
                                30 Year
                                3.32
                                1 Yr Ago
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