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Three International Fat Pitches

The Fat-Pitch approach to stock investing with an international flavor.

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One of our favorite investing philosophies at Morningstar is the Fat-Pitch approach to stock investing. In a nutshell, the Fat-Pitch approach says that unlike baseball--in which a batter who just stands and watches three strikes go past will be called out--investors can stand and watch as many pitches as they want go by, waiting for an nice, easy, "fat" pitch before swinging away.

Fat Pitches Outside the United States
Given the sharp correction in international stocks--especially in emerging markets--since May, I'm seeing a few more good-looking pitches being thrown by the market. The number of 5-star stocks among Morningstar's international coverage rose from only four at the beginning of May to 18 on July 11. I've highlighted three of these "fat pitches" for you at the end of this article.

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Ryan Batchelor has a position in the following securities mentioned above: FMX, NVS. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.