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  1. Cutting Oil-Services FVEs on 2015 E&P Capex Cuts

    Commentary

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014

    spending environment, and on average our fair values for these firms have come down by 15%. Our moat ratings remain intact, and we note that wide - moat Schlumberger is likely to see operating margins stand up better than peers, managing a 14

  2. CarMax Has a Strong 3Q, Fair Value Estimate Increasing but We think the Stock Is Overvalued

    Commentary

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014

    CarMax reported a strong third quarter for fiscal 2015, giving us no reason to change our moat rating. However, we are raising our fair value estimate to $53 from $45. This increase is primarily from increasing our assumed

  3. Morningstar's Most Popular

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    Fri, 19 Dec 2014

    U.S. Stock Investors The Winners and Losers of U.S. Equity Funds in 2014 Investors Stand to Clean Up With This Wide - Moat Firm Manager Departures and Portfolio Shifts Meant Ratings Changes in November Most Popular Videos Oil's Slide Is Causing

  4. MetLife Officially Becomes a Nonbank SIFI

    Commentary

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014

    official. The news does not change our long-term view of the company, and we are keeping our fair value estimate and no- moat rating for MetLife. As a result of the nonbank SIFI designation, MetLife will be subject to tougher regulatory standards under

  5. Friday Five: Russia Woes Contained for Now

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    Fri, 19 Dec 2014

    stock look attractive on that news? Glaser: Oracle's wide moat was driving those results. Their software has very, very ..... TICKER:ORCL] Oracle analyst, thinks that the firm's wide moat is going to be able to survive this transition into a cloud

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    results, and does the stock look attractive on that news? Glaser: Oracle's wide moat was driving those results. Their software has very, very high switching costs, and we saw again this quarter that they are able to keep selling more software. They had good sales of sales support and also the software itself. Their cloud product grew very, very quickly, but off of a relatively low base, so it's not a huge driver of the firm yet, but they do see the cloud as potential threat, and are moving in there. Rick Summer, our [TICKER:ORCL] Oracle analyst, thinks that the firm's wide moat is going to be able to survive this transition into a cloud environment, even if the rollout ends up being a little
  6. Nike Delivers Another Strong Quarter: Momentum in Online, but Upside Largely Anticipated

    Commentary

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014

    Wide - moat Nike delivered another strong quarter of growth (revenue up 15% to $7.4 billion and earnings per share up 25% to $0.74

  7. BlackBerry's 3Q Shows Nice Cost-Cutting Efforts, but Disappointing Revenue; Maintain $8 Fair Value

    Commentary

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014

    volatile as management's turnaround continues, and we are not especially fond of its long-term risk/reward profile. Our no- moat rating is unchanged. Revenue in the quarter was $793 million, far below both consensus estimates of $932 million and our

  8. BGC's Increased Tender Offer Price for GFI Decreases Any Cushion for Error

    Commentary

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014

    recently raised offer--BGC may not only need perfect execution, it might also need luck to make the GFI acquisition accretive to shareholders. We are maintaining our no- moat ratings and fair value estimates for GFI Group and BGC Partners.

  9. Samsung Electronics: Raising Uncertainty Level to Very High from Medium

    Commentary

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014

    We increase our uncertainty rating for no- moat Samsung Electronics to Very High from Medium, given its much higher ..... cost, so semiconductor earnings can be very volatile. Our no- moat rating stands, as do our base case forecasts, which see Samsung

  10. NRW Holdings' Uncertainty Rating Rises to Very High from High

    Commentary

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014

    of NRW Holdings on 12 January 2015 to focus on businesses with higher quality more sustainable earnings. We maintain our no moat rating but increase our uncertainty rating to very high. NRW Holdings does not hold any particularly strong competitive advantage

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