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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 July 27.

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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.

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Equity analyst Ali Mogharabi lowered  Facebook's (FB) fair value estimate by 6%, to $186 per share after the social media site reported slightly disappointing second-quarter earnings. The firm’s reported revenue was in line with our internal forecast but below consensus. And while the firm did beat expectations on the bottom line, its announcement that it expects operating margins to trend in the mid-30s during the next couple of years (as a result of investments in innovation, content creation, and data protection) was disappointing, said Mogharabi.

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