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  1. 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 .

  2. Brands Key to Consumer Moats

    Brand power can create strong competitive advantages in the consumer sector, but cost advantages and network effects also can play big roles.

  3. 3 Reasons to Stay Bullish on eBay

    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 a long-term positive outlook for the firm.

  4. 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.

  5. 3 Reasons to Care About This IPO

    This Internet giant's public offering could be one of the largest in history, and investors should consider its network effect and growth tailwinds.

  6. 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 .

  7. 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 .

  8. The Friday Five

    Draghi drops a hint, Whole Foods takes a hit, and Alibaba's impending IPO raises questions for Yahoo.

  9. The Friday Five

    Google not going astray, banks look too big to earn, GE and Coke worth considering, and Chipotle's stock is overstuffed.

  10. The Friday Five

    China cools, Fannie and Freddie fall, and Amazon's wide moat backs a Prime decision.

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