19/09/2014 | 8:42 AM As the stock undergoes a cyclical recovery in a secular growth industry, Alumina represents a low-risk/high-reward investment opportunity, Morningstar consultant Tony Young says.
19/09/2014 | 8:18 AM It is highly unlikely that higher bond yields will affect the profits of the banks and Telstra, and therefore their ability to maintain or increase dividends, in 2015 and beyond, Morningstar's Peter Warnes says.
17/09/2014 | 8:02 AM Operating and free cash flow yield measures are usually more than enough to determine whether a company offers compelling value, Cadence Capital's Karl Siegling says.
15/09/2014 | 8:22 AM There are several narrow-moat-rated companies through which investors can get exposure to both Australia and Asia's seemingly insatiable appetite for gambling.
12/09/2014 | 8:19 AM Morningstar's Peter Warnes urges SMSF trustees to heed the message of legendary investors Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger: If you don't understand it, don't invest in it.
12/09/2014 | 7:39 AM A strong balance sheet and good management are part of what makes a good company, but one measure above all is pivotal in determining a company's sustainable competitive advantage.
8/09/2014 | 8:15 AM While the latest reporting season may have had its fair share of upside surprises, investors should still remember that it takes far more than one year of decent earnings to make a quality company.
5/09/2014 | 8:20 AM Morningstar's Peter Warnes continues to emphasise the importance of economic moats and urges SMSF trustees to maintain their focus on the long term, as well as the risk profile of their portfolios.
5/09/2014 | 7:29 AM When it comes to the "dividend darlings" from the most recent reporting season, Morningstar looks beyond the usual suspects at stocks that are on the path to genuine growth.
3/09/2014 | 7:50 AM OzForex's low-cost, online business model could prove to be a meaningful market disruptor, and the shares look like a bargain today.
2/09/2014 | 8:19 AM As caloric needs increase around the world, potash companies are a good way to play the trend, as Morningstar US senior equity analyst Jeffrey Stafford explains.
2/09/2014 | 8:14 AM Talk of a turnaround and greater foreign ownership could see the Qantas share price jump higher, but does that make it a long-term investment?
29/08/2014 | 2:32 PM Morningstar head of equities research Peter Warnes discusses results from the likes of Ramsay Health Care and Woolworths as the curtains close over the fiscal 2014 earnings season.
29/08/2014 | 12:26 PM The retail giant reports a full-year profit in line with Morningstar's forecast and a 137-cent dividend, on the back of ongoing momentum in its Australian food, liquor and petrol operations.
29/08/2014 | 12:26 PM While additional regulation from the current Murray inquiry cannot be ruled out, the facts clearly show Australian banks are in much better shape than their global peers, Morningstar's Peter Warnes says.
28/08/2014 | 4:04 PM Qantas records a "confronting" full-year loss of almost $3 billion as its restructuring program continues, Perpetual lifts its dividend 35 per cent, while Ramsay Health Care delivers a profit above expectations.
27/08/2014 | 11:39 AM Lend Lease reports a result in line with recent guidance, Westfield remains on target post-restructure, while WorleyParsons delivers a final dividend slightly above Morningstar's expectations.
27/08/2014 | 8:35 AM Morningstar Australasia's co-chief executive Heather Brilliant talks about finding great companies in a new book she co-authored titled Why Moats Matter.
22/08/2014 | 2:58 PM Morningstar's Peter Warnes takes a look at the latest results from BHP Billiton, QBE Insurance, as well as a "shareholder's dream," Wesfarmers.
22/08/2014 | 11:09 AM Oil and gas major Santos raises its half-year dividend by a third after PNG LNG starts up, while mineral sands miner Iluka delivers a "modest" dividend despite still tracking along at bottom-of-the-cycle conditions.
22/08/2014 | 8:20 AM While shareholders are becoming more proactive when it comes to getting their fair share of free cash flow, they should be careful not to drive share prices lower in the short term out of frustration, Morningstar's Peter Warnes says.
21/08/2014 | 2:38 PM AMP's well-executed strategy delivers an impressive 15 per cent rise in half-year earnings after investment markets rise and sentiment improves, while a strong IPO market helps ASX lift its profit by 10 per cent.
21/08/2014 | 12:31 PM Origin Energy posts weaker-than-expected underlying earnings due to lacklustre energy markets, while Asciano, Mirvac Group and Sydney Airport report results in line with forecasts.
20/08/2014 | 2:55 PM Diversified conglomerate Wesfarmers announces a $1.1-billion capital-management initiative, Brambles lifts its full-year profit, while Coca-Cola Amatil delivers a weak result in line with guidance.
20/08/2014 | 2:25 PM Australia's biggest oil-and-gas producer ups its half-year profit by 33 per cent on the back of higher LNG prices, while AGL Energy and Fortescue Metals post full-year earnings in line with Morningstar's forecasts.
19/08/2014 | 5:52 PM The world's biggest miner notches up full-year earnings that meet expectations, while spinning out some non-core assets into a new company as it seeks to become a "higher-margin, higher-return" business.
19/08/2014 | 3:09 PM QBE announces a fall in half-year cash profit as expected, as well as a US$750m equity raising that Morningstar hopes will be the final step required to put the insurer on a sustainable footing.
19/08/2014 | 11:56 AM Amcor records a profit and dividend in line with expectations after posting strong cash flow and improvements across key metrics, while Toll Holdings, Sonic Healthcare and Oil Search all manage to lift earnings.
18/08/2014 | 2:30 PM NAB delivers a solid third-quarter performance despite deterioration in earnings quality, while gold miner Newcrest posts an underlying profit that narrowly beats Morningstar's forecast.
15/08/2014 | 2:49 PM Morningstar's Peter Warnes takes a look at the latest earnings results from the likes of Commonwealth Bank, CSL, Telstra and ANZ, and gives investors an idea of what to expect from these companies going forward.
15/08/2014 | 11:13 AM Despite a softer-than-expected third-quarter trading update, ANZ remains on track for a solid full-year result, according to Morningstar.
15/08/2014 | 8:26 AM Regardless of widespread commentary, high-quality, dividend-paying companies that deliver above-average returns through the cycle should remain the backbone of a long-term portfolio, Morningstar's Peter Warnes says.
14/08/2014 | 12:52 PM Australia's telecommunications giant announces a massive $4.7-billion capital return after revenue, profit and customer numbers all headed north in fiscal 2014.
14/08/2014 | 12:13 PM Industrial property business Goodman Group reports an operating profit and distribution in line with Morningstar's estimates, while Dexus Property Group's net profit falls 21 per cent.
14/08/2014 | 11:47 AM The casino operator delivers 19-cent final dividend and a full-year profit slightly above Morningstar's estimates thanks to a solid performance from its Macau joint venture.
13/08/2014 | 2:34 PM Biotech firm CSL records a profit in line with expectations after a strong performance by its specialty products unit, while Primary Health Care witnesses solid performances across all of its major divisions.
13/08/2014 | 12:07 PM CBA chalks up the biggest profit ever recorded by an Australian bank, while Suncorp reports a strong underlying result and an attractive dividend that augur well for its earnings going forward.
11/08/2014 | 8:50 AM These two Australian energy companies should see strong returns over the next decade.
8/08/2014 | 8:11 AM Size matters given that Australian industry's traditional competitive advantage is dissipating, and it is vital all regulators and the government appreciate the situation, Morningstar's Peter Warnes says.
7/08/2014 | 6:17 PM Rio Tinto books a 21 per cent rise in first-half underlying earnings and a 15 per cent dividend increase, while Tabcorp reports a full-year result in line with forecasts as well as a 16-cent dividend.
5/08/2014 | 4:28 PM Toll-road operator Transurban continues to deliver strong revenue and distributions, while hearing implant maker Cochlear wraps up a year of new product launches with a result in line with guidance.
5/08/2014 | 9:36 AM With its record of high profitability and very strong shareholder returns, this banking firm stands out.
5/08/2014 | 7:37 AM Morningstar's Stewardship Ratings for Australian stocks give investors the ability to assess the quality behind capital-allocation decisions made by company management.
1/08/2014 | 8:27 AM There are some tell-tale signs that suggest a healthy market correction is close at hand, but Morningstar's Peter Warnes questions whether they signal an end to the teens-decade bull market.
25/07/2014 | 8:17 AM Morningstar's Peter Warnes explores the multi-directional winds facing investors, while urging caution amid the current IPO frenzy and offering some pointers for the upcoming reporting season.
24/07/2014 | 8:25 AM While the retail, capital goods and biotech sectors may have put in some uninspiring performances in the June quarter, there were still some bright spots among the small caps, Morningstar says.
22/07/2014 | 7:20 AM Morningstar has uncovered a stock that is positioned to deliver ample returns for investors.
18/07/2014 | 8:18 AM With the financial sector now under the spotlight due to the government's financial system inquiry, Morningstar's Peter Warnes examines some of the implications for the share prices of the big four banks.
18/07/2014 | 7:24 AM This business could provide an opportunity for investors to enter the expensive healthcare sector
16/07/2014 | 7:24 AM Morningstar's Peter Warnes explores the key issues, trends, risks and opportunities that lay ahead for investors over the next year.
16/07/2014 | 7:24 AM There is one small Australian real estate investment trust investors may be unaware of that is positioned to provide both yield and secure earnings.
11/07/2014 | 7:24 AM With US interest rates set to rise in 2015, it will be critical for the Federal Reserve to be extremely vigilant on the inflation front and remain ahead of the game, Morningstar's Peter Warnes says.
11/07/2014 | 7:24 AM Value can still be found in some parts of the market despite Australia's share market having more than doubled since the global financial crisis.
7/07/2014 | 7:24 AM The 2014 financial year is now a memory and the local share market had its winners as well as losers, but there are companies among the latter group that may be set for a turnaround.
4/07/2014 | 7:24 AM While the market closed the 2013/14 fiscal year with a whimper, those investors loyal to Australia's big five sustainable income stocks will be cheering, Morningstar's Peter Warnes says.
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