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Morningstar Runs the Numbers

We take a numerical look through this week's Morningstar research. Plus, our most popular articles and videos for the week ended May 19.

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Inspired by Harper's Index (with a tip of the hat to FiveThirtyEight's Significant Digits blog), Morningstar Runs the Numbers uses a numbers-based approach to highlight recent Morningstar research, along with some outside news stories.

According to data from the Federal Reserve, U.S. industrial production at factories, mines, and utilities rose 1% in April from March, beating expectations. Director of economic analysis Bob Johnson said it was a pretty broad-based positive reading, but manufacturing, which is 70% to 80% of the number, was particularly encouraging, rising more than 1% month over month.

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