July's better-than-expected employment report is a sign that the U.S. economy is not slipping into recession, but robust growth is still nowhere to be found, say Morningstar's Bob Johnson and Vishnu Lekraj.
Looking to buy on the dip? These stocks are a good place to look.
As the broader market frets over the sovereign debt crisis, Morningstar's Jim Leonard shares which U.S. banks have the least exposure.
Stocks with rock-solid balance sheets and strong competitive advantages are the best for investors looking to deploy cash after the correction, says Morningstar's Heather Brilliant.
With Kraft's business separation appealing to both growth and income investors, the firm's two new entities could fetch a higher valuation in the marketplace, says Morningstar's Erin Lash.
Political wrangling, debt woes and economic uncertainty have sapped confidence from the market, says Janus' Gibson Smith.
Although there might be a few pockets of strength in July's employment report, the job-growth engine is likely still in neutral, according to Morningstar's Bob Johnson and Vishnu Lekraj.
Morningstar's Christine Benz explores what sectors are holding up in the downturn and the best way for investors to put money to work today.
Morningstar's Jim Leonard explores how well Citi has managed to clean up its balance sheet since the depth of the crisis.
Morningstar's Francisco Torralba thinks the United States will lose its AAA credit rating regardless of what Congress does in the coming days.
Shareholders would be well-served by the pharmacy benefit managers' merger, but regulators are unlikely to sign off on it, says Morningstar's Matt Coffina.
Competitive threats and CEO succession questions shouldn't worry Apple investors, says Morningstar's Joe Beaulieu.
Impressive second-quarter results underscore the tech giant's ability to keep growing its core search business, says Morningstar's Rick Summer.
Morningstar's Richard Hilgert discusses why equity investors should check the credit worthiness of captive finance entities before jumping into a parent's stock.
REITs look overvalued in general, but certain business models and individual names still look especially attractive.
Despite the strong performance of health-care stocks in the second quarter, there are still plenty of good buying opportunities in the sector, according to Morningstar's Damien Conover.
Even after achieving solid returns in the second quarter, these stocks still look cheap.
The weight of ongoing sovereign debt worries along with unfavorable economic news took its toll on the market in the second quarter.
Morningstar analysts Erin Davis and Maclovio Pina discuss the inevitability of a Greek default and which banks are most exposed to Greek debt.
Contractors with the strongest competitive advantages will still be able to generate returns for shareholders despite budget pressures, say Morningstar's Anil Daka and Rick Tauber.
Research in Motion's disappointing results highlight how far behind the BlackBerry has fallen, but the firm has the resources to avoid fading into obsolescence, says Morningstar's Joe Beaulieu.
Loose monetary policy, demand from emerging markets, and sovereign debt woes could push gold prices to $2,300 an ounce in the coming years, says U.S. Global Investors' Frank Holmes.
Morningstar bond strategist Dave Sekera on the recent flood of new issuance, European debt crisis contagion, and the U.S. corporate bond market's health.
Morningstar DividendInvestor editor Josh Peters explores the recent softness in MLP stocks and shares his pick for the best value in the sector today.
Regional banks are benefiting from higher credit quality, but concerns about the mortgage market, commercial real estate, and regulation loom.
BG Group's shares are attractively priced as the market isn't fully appreciating the firm's growth potential, according to Morningstar's Allen Good.
Though dividend-payers won't shoot to the moon, they can compound a lot of value and wealth for investors over time without the wild ride.
High levels of merger and acquisition activity will be the big theme of year for biotech, says Morningstar's Lauren Migliore.
Morningstar's Michael Wong believes that as demand for commodities increases, exchanges speculating on raw-materials prices will see their fortunes rise.
With auto sales rebounding, these dealers are best-positioned to take advantage, according to Morningstar's David Whiston.
FedEx should be able to enhance margins from historical levels during the next two to three years, says Morningstar's Keith Schoonmaker.
With tailwinds in its energy business and the ability to pass along cost increases to its customers, General Electric is poised to continue growing, says Morningstar's Daniel Holland.
Railroads have seen remarkable margin improvement since the rail renaissance began, and we see some select opportunities amid the sector's bonds.
Morningstar DividendInvestor's Josh Peters addresses the questions every investor needs to ask before buying a stock for yield.
Big pharmaceutical companies are getting lean in an attempt to boost profitability before they lose patent protection on several important drugs, says Morningstar's Damien Conover.
We think these moat-worthy firms are still attractively priced today, despite the overall runup in equities.
Korean steelmaker Posco's bonds look like a bargain at today's prices, say Morningstar's Dan Rohr and Bridget Freas.
With bank dividends trickling back and growth nowhere to be seen, income investors are better off looking elsewhere for income, says Morningstar's Josh Peters.
Following a stellar second quarter, Morningstar's Joe Beaulieu says the firm's shares are attractive at today's levels.
Rising consumer spending has allowed many retailers to clean up their balance sheets, creating some attractive values for fixed-income investors, says Morningstar's Joscelyn MacKay.
Despite recent forays away from the firm's core retail properties, Realty Income is positioned to produce solid dividend increases in the years to come.
Phil Gorham's recent trip to a European consumer conference underscored his worries about firms' abilities to pass on higher prices to Western Europeans.
Diageo's stable of well-known premium brands and attractive bond yields makes the firm a good bet for fixed-income investors.
Markets showed remarkable resilience in the face of global crises.
Strong demand in developing markets and around the globe is lifting sales, and valuations, for luxury-goods makers.
Pricing power may be diminished somewhat, but patent protections should continue to bolster big pharma's competitive advantage, says Morningstar's Damien Conover.
Concerns that Germany will permanently ban nuclear power have created two very attractive short-term dividend yield plays with a lot of long-term potential, according to Morningstar's Travis Miller.
Morningstar's Mike Hodel thinks that AT&T's deal for T-Mobile is good for AT&T shareholders, but regulators may be hesitant to allow the telecom giant to get even bigger.
Strong banks are being cleared to raise dividends, but financials may not be the best place to put new money to work, according to Morningstar's Josh Peters and Jaime Peters.
The major airlines should have the financial strength to withstand higher oil prices, but investors should still steer clear of the unsecured debt, according to Morningstar's Basili Alukos and Rick Tauber.