Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: Berkshire's stake in a $28 billion deal, Avon's not-so-pretty 1% sales growth, and more.
Morningstar recently upgraded several companies' moat ratings, and global equity research director Heather Brilliant explains why.
Growing corporate cash balances and slowing organic-growth opportunities could lead to increased deal volume this year even if economic uncertainty throttles some activity, says Morningstar's Bridget Freas.
As Berkshire gets larger and larger, its acquisition opportunity set gets smaller and smaller, says analyst Drew Woodbury.
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