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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 Sept. 15.

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.

David Meats laid out the case that the crude oil market is going to face oversupply next year. This leads to our energy teams midcycle pricing forecast of $55 a barrel West Texas Intermediate, below many other forecasts. He thinks U.S. production will be the driver of the supply: 

Shale growth is the main component of the glut we anticipate after March 2018. Huge growth in that arena is near certain next year, and this onslaught of new production will probably coincide with the potential expiration of OPEC’s voluntary curtailments, overwhelming crude markets once again.

In the Dividend Focus, Sonia Vora shares why she thinks  Coca-Cola (KO) can keep its 55 years streak of dividend growth intact.

Morningstar's director of policy research, Aron Szapiro, wrote a comment letter to the SEC about how the rules governing how broker/dealers and registered investment advisors can give advice should change. Szapiro emphasized that given that most investors are inexperienced, a disclosure-based approach is insufficient: 

Morningstar believes that investors' confusion about standards of conduct applicable to different kinds of relationships is likely to continue for some time, and disclosures alone will not clarify those standards for many investors. Most investors are not very experienced and probably would not invest in the absence of the defined-contribution system. For example, from our examination of the 2013 Survey of Consumer Finance, we noted that that 76% of investors invest exclusively in tax-privileged retirement plans, and these investors often do not understand fundamental investing concepts such as the importance of taking risk for long-term investing.

 Oracle (ORCL) reported solid first-quarter results, with the firm's software as a service revenue growing 62% year over year. Rodney Nelson warns that the firm's wide-moat is still under pressure as the company faces headwinds in its legacy on-premises business. He concludes:

We remain confident that Oracle’s SaaS business can carry the water as Oracle works through these challenges, but we are maintaining our $46 fair value estimate and continue to view shares as overvalued.

 Apple (AAPL) is raising the bar on pricing with their new iPhone X. Analyst Brian Colello thinks the $999 price tag for the phone is a sign of the strength of the firm's economic moat

Quite simply we don't think there's an Android competitor that could sell phones at these prices because they don't have the customer loyalty, the customer stickiness that Apple has.

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