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  1. EBay Worthy of a Bid

    The Internet giant's network effect, mobile capabilities, and PayPal platform have it positioned for long-term growth, say Morningstar's Matt Coffina and R.J . Hottovy .

  2. Black Friday Trends Here to Stay

    As online purchasing becomes the norm among consumers, many retailers are increasing promotional activity and engaging in price wars to drive store traffic, says Morningstar's R.J . Hottovy .

  3. As Market Loses Appetite, Chipotle Shares Get More Interesting

    Notwithstanding disappointing first-quarter sales, Chipotle can weather a more competitive fast-casual industry in the years to come, writes Morningstar’s R. J . Hottovy .

  4. Alibaba’s Results Reinforce Our Wide Moat Rating

    The Chinese e-commerce giant’s first public update shows the power of the firm’s network effect, though shares are slightly overvalued at today’s levels, says Morningstar’s R.J . Hottovy .

  5. EBay: Marketplaces Volume and Margins Raise Concerns

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

  6. PayPal Spin-Off Won’t Dent eBay’s Moat

    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 R.J . Hottovy .

  7. Why Apple Pay and PayPal Could Be 'Frenemies'

    Apple Pay is clearly a potential disruption to eBay's PayPal, but we don't view mobile payments as a zero-sum game, says Morningstar’s R.J . Hottovy .

  8. The Key Question on Alibaba

    Morningstar's R.J . Hottovy says a key uncertainty ahead of Alibaba's IPO is whether the firm can duplicate its success outside of China.

  9. Chipotle Continues to Build Case for an Economic Moat

    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 .

  10. Amazon's Long-Term Potential Overshadows Near-Term Worries

    The online retail giant's third-quarter outlook draws some concern, but we have conviction in the firm's margin expansion and investments, says Morningstar's R.J . Hottovy .

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