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Morningstar Moments: 3 Things You May Have Missed

Our analysts cover's latest buy, the thematic fund landscape, and the Exxon board vote.


Here are the major market moments our analysts have been talking about.  

1) Lights, Camera, Action: Amazon's Big Buy

James Bond, Rocky, and even the Real Housewives have joined's (AMZN) ranks. The Internet retail giant announced its $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM Studios. Not only will this deal expand Amazon Prime's content library, but it will also most likely jack up the price for Prime memberships. 

2) Morningstar's Second Annual Global Thematic Funds Landscape

Thematic funds are defined as "those that select holdings based on their exposure to one or more investment themes." Most recently, these themes include cannabis and artificial intelligence. Download the report to explore the emerging trends. 

3) Dismantling the "Climate Denial Machine"

Shareholders brought home a huge win for sustainable investors and climate change activists. Two seats on the energy giant's board now belong to Engine No. 1, a newly formed activist hedge fund. The candidates pledged to shift the company's focus from climate-damaging fossil fuel to renewable energy.

Stay in the loop with @MorningstarInc and our analysts: 
Dave Sekera, chief U.S. market strategist: @MstarMarkets
Ben Johnson, director of global ETF research: @MstarETFUS
Jon Hale, head of sustainability research for the Americas: @Jon_F_Hale


Carole Hodorowicz does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.