Morningstar's Joung Park explores why gold miners have lagged gold prices in recent years and what needs to happen for that trend to reverse.
Capacity cuts and industry consolidation have given airlines the power to raise prices in the face of higher fuel costs, says Basili Alukos.
After a few false starts, the auto industry is finally hitting a setback-free recovery in 2012, according to Morningstar's Dave Whiston.
Buffett's revelation of how he values Berkshire's operating businesses highlights the attractiveness of Berkshire's stock, says Sanibel Captiva's Pat Dorsey.
Morningstar's Gregg Warren and Paul Larson share their biggest takeaways from the Berkshire annual meeting.
Morningstar's Paul Larson and Drew Woodbury give their take on the first-half of the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.
Berkshire's bet on financial firms should pay out for him in the end according to a group of Buffett authors.
A group of Buffett biographers and experts discuss the implications of splitting Berkshire's top role in three.
Buffett authors weigh in on the possibility and wisdom of Berkshire Hathaway returning capital to shareholders.
Although these three firms might be too small for Berkshire, they have great competitive advantages, and our analysts think they're cheap, too.
A dividend would be a good way to return capital to shareholders, says Morningstar's Drew Woodbury, but Buffett's reluctance means investors shouldn't hold their breath for one.
After the market runup, Berkshire's best place to deploy cash might be making investments in its capital-intensive businesses like Burlington Northern, says Morningstar's Gregg Warren.
Morningstar's new Stewardship Ratings for stocks can help reveal if management teams are working in shareholders' best interests or just their own.
Morningstar's Gregg Warren says Berkshire's sterling balance sheet, strong business, and unique structure will sustain the firm's competitive standing--even without Buffett.
Adopting Buffett's very-long term perspective can help individual investors focus on what is important, says Morningstar's Paul Larson.
Expect plenty of discussion of succession, politics, and dividends at the 2012 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, says Morningstar's Paul Larson.
As interest rates remain very low, leveraged CEFs are apt to see solid returns, but Morningstar's Cara Esser points out what to keep in mind before investing.
As the tech giant expands into emerging markets with lower-priced products, profitability will likely get squeezed, says Morningstar's Michael Holt.
New legislation will make it easier for startups to raise capital, but looser regulations on disclosure and research will make the IPO market less attractive for investors, says Morningstar's Heather Brilliant.
Morningstar's Heather Brilliant says the risk/reward profile for bonds is no longer in investors' favor, and stocks still offer better return potential despite the recent runup.
The search giant's first-quarter results underscored the fact that even with Android's explosive growth, Google's bread and butter remains its still-fast-growing advertising business, says Morningstar's Rick Summer.
The market shrugged off global uncertainty to rally in the first three months of 2012.
Investors in short- to medium-term corporate bonds will probably be fairly rewarded over the near term, says Morningstar's Dave Sekera.
Regardless of when and how the justices rule on the Affordable Care Act as well as the best- and worst-case scenarios, company valuations should see little change, says Morningstar's Matt Coffina.
Even after the tech giant's new dividend payment, Apple will still have plenty of dry powder to pursue all of its growth initiatives, says Morningstar's Mike Holt.
Adding more asset classes, not more securities, is the best way to diversify.
Strong retail numbers, combined with last week's employment data, continue to indicate more growth in the coming months, according to Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
The Fed's stress tests confirm that Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp, and BB&T are the best bank bets for income investors, says Morningstar's Josh Peters.
February's across-the-board jobs growth is more evidence that the recent string of good employment news is not a fluke and could continue throughout the year, say Morningstar's Vishnu Lekraj and Bob Johnson.
Morningstar's Bob Johnson and Vishnu Lekraj see plenty of evidence that February's jobs report will continue the strong trend, but some headwinds remain.
Dividend-paying stocks are fairly valued, but low payout ratios indicate that there could be more room for dividend growth, says Morningstar DividendInvestor editor Josh Peters.
Munis' tax-equivalent yields remain compelling especially for investors in the highest tax bracket, says Fidelity muni manager Mark Sommer, but there are other good reasons to own them.
Don't let yourself get caught up in the idea that dividend-paying stocks are attractive only because of the current tax treatment, says Morningstar's Josh Peters.
Pharmaceutical firms' adept handling of patent expirations has boosted investors' opinions of the sector, says Morningstar's Damien Conover.
It will be a volatile ride, but Facebook's strong competitive advantages and growth opportunities could be the recipe for a hefty valuation, says Morningstar's Rick Summer.
It's getting harder to find to find decent, sustainable income in the stock market, but these stocks fit the bill.
Some upside remains in Apple shares, but the acceleration of the iPhone and iPad businesses has sent the stock closer to fair value, says Morningstar's Mike Holt.
There is room for smaller, tuck-in acquisitions this year, but blockbluster deals are likely off the table for a few years, says Morningstar's Bridget Freas.
As a share of durable good spending, technology has actually continued to rise through the recessions.
Tablet makers have yet to find a way to compete with the iPad, but a new breed of thin laptops dubbed Ultrabooks introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show could reignite excitement, and sales, in the notebook space.
Though smartphone hardware continues to improve processing power, screen quality, and other features, the ecosystem around the devices will also play a crucial role.
At CES, electronics manufacturers were almost more excited to talk about the different types of content consumers can get on their new devices than the devices themselves.
None will be able to dodge the spending cuts, but some may be impacted less than others, says Morningstar senior credit analyst Rick Tauber.
Underlying corporate strength and an improving U.S. economic picture helped close the year on a high note, but obstacles remain for 2012.
We don't know what the end game in Europe is yet, but these firms should be able to withstand the flood, says Morningstar's Paul Larson and Dave Sekera.
We highlight three stocks that can provide extra flavor to your core investments.
Fundamentals remain strong across the board, but high-quality corporate credits are likely to outperform in a volatile environment, says Morningstar's Dave Sekera.
Despite Jefferson County's woes, we don't expect widespread defaults--but trouble spots do remain, says Morningstar muni credit analyst Rachel Barkley.
Although prices may be volatile in the short term, a global imbalance of oil supply and demand will continue to drive prices higher in the long run, says Morningstar's Allen Good.
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