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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 Oct. 12.

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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.

On the heels of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which called for more electric vehicles, Seth Goldstein revisited Morningstar's projections. We think that 15% of all new passenger vehicles globally will be electric by 2028. What does increased adoption mean for investors?  He flags these ideas:

Our top picks to invest in growing EV adoption include  Albemarle (ALB),  BMW (BMWYY,)  BorgWarner (BWA),  Edison International (EIX),   General Motors (GM), and   SQM (SQM).

Looking for dividend fund? Adam McCullough highlighted Silver-rated the  Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD), the cheapest dividend focused fund (7 basis point expense ratio) which he calls "compelling fund for exposure to profitable, large-cap U.S. stocks with attractive dividend yields."

It was a wild week in the market, with the S&P 500 ended 5.97% lower on the week despite Friday's rebound. But did the decline open up a ton of opportunities? Not really. Director of North American Equity Research Dan Rohr thinks that stocks are now just closer to fair value and that investors still need to be picky about stock selection. 

After a rebalance, the Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index (which holds the least expensive wide moat stocks) added 13 new stocks including  Intel (INTC) and  Gilead (GILD)

Matthew Dolgin discussed four data center REITS, and he thinks the move to cloud computing will keep demand for data centers high. His favorite choice is  CoreSite (COR).

CoreSite has data centers only in eight U.S. cities, and it runs Internet exchanges in each of them, making its properties key components of the Internet's backbone. With hundreds of network service providers exchanging traffic, these buildings are very difficult to replicate and highly valuable to tenants that need proximity to Internet exchange points. We think this protects CoreSite even if industry trends slow.

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