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Its peak $100 billion valuation once made it the world's third largest privately-held company, behind TikTok owner Bytedance and Elon Musk's SpaceX. Estimates have pegged Shein's IPO valuation at around $90 billion, Bloomberg reported last year. AdvertisementTo gauge what happens to some Shein items once they're returned, BI reporters in the UK put two AirTag trackers on Shein garments and sent them back. Shein is more directly involved in production and focuses on clothes, but Temu's popularity "could affect the valuation," Swartz said. In a November statement following the news of Shein's IPO, chairman Mike Gallagher urged investors and banks underwriting the move to "carefully examine Shein's regulatory and compliance programs."
Persons: , Bytedance, Sky Xu, Yangtian Xu, Chris, Shein, confidentially, David Swartz, Swartz, Lululemon, JADE GAO, Stephanie Benedetto, Queen, Benedetto, they're, Shein's, Morningstar's Swartz, Temu, Mike Gallagher Organizations: Service, Elon, SpaceX, Business, Reuters, Authentic Brands, Wall Street, CNBC, Bloomberg, Morningstar, Zurich Insurance Group, Guardian, BI, Coventry Airport, SEC, Street, Financial Times, London Stock Exchange, Chinese Communist Party, Nike, Adidas Locations: China, , Singapore, Sequoia China, London , Hong Kong, York, London, Canary Wharf, Coventry, Walsall, Northern Ireland, England, Kent, Washington, Xinjiang, Dublin, Shein
PDD's value-for-money positioning and growth of its Temu marketplace has helped the company lead China's e-commerce arena, analysts said, making it the country's most valuable company in the segment. PDD Holdings reported stellar first-quarter results on Wednesday last week, sending its shares surging as much as 7.5%, and driving its market-cap past that of rival Alibaba Group . PDD shares have more than doubled in value — up 109% — in the past year, according to LSEG data. PDD, which also owns Chinese discount shopping app Pinduoduo has a market-cap of about $208 billion, compared with Alibaba's $196 billion, according to LSEG data. The market has "now more than priced in" the two key concerns – domestic competition and U.S.-China tensions – which were behind our earlier downgrade on PDD in March, said Keung.
Persons: Morningstar, Chelsey Tam, PDD, Goldman Sachs, Temu, Ronald Keung Organizations: PDD Holdings, Alibaba, Morningstar Locations: China
There's a lot to like right now in the fixed income market, according to BlackRock's Rick Rieder. He finds European credit, both investment grade and BB-rated high yield, attractive in part because of the strong U.S. dollar. They have also added high quality CLOs and high-quality European securitized assets. "We're getting more yield than BB high yield. We're getting almost as much yield as full high yield — and our volatility is 60% of that market, just because we diversified," Rieder said.
Persons: BlackRock's Rick Rieder, Rieder, Bond, Fed Governor Waller, I've, He'd, Morningstar, We've, we're, BINC, We're, they'll Organizations: CNBC, SEC, Federal Reserve, Fed, AAA, BlackRock AAA, BlackRock AAA CLO, U.S, CLOs, MBS Locations: BlackRock, CLOs, European
Apple needs its big AI moment
  + stars: | 2024-05-24 | by ( Jordan Hart | ) www.businessinsider.com   time to read: +4 min
That's made Apple's lack of a big generative AI announcement so far particularly noticeable. However, one big sign an announcement may be coming at WWDC was the unveiling of its M4 chip, which Apple described as an "outrageously powerful chip for AI." The CEO spoke of "big opportunities across our products" for generative AI and promised that Apple is "well positioned" to take on the space. "We think investors will take any generative AI announcement positively," Morningstar tech analyst William Kerwin said. We'd expect any new-gen AI announcement to see strong adoption when released."
Persons: , they've, chatbot, That's, Dan Ives, Apple, Tim Cook, William Kerwin, Morningstar, Gene Munster, OpenAI, Siri, Ives, Deepwater's Munster, Kerwin Organizations: Service, Developers Conference, Microsoft, Google, Business, Wedbush Securities, Apple, iPad, Morningstar, Deepwater Asset Management, Bloomberg Locations: Cupertino , California, WWDC
That doesn’t mean the battle against inflation is won. Walmart saw first-quarter sales at stores open at least a year climb 3.8% from the prior year, in part thanks to its ability to keep prices low even as inflation remains sticky. “Our combination of everyday low prices plus a large number of rollbacks is resonating” with consumers, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said on a call with analysts. Investors will get more inflation data next week from the Personal Consumption Expenditures index for April. Without that discount, the combined fine would have topped £88 million ($112 million).
Persons: Doug McMillon, Price, we’re, , Preston Caldwell, Scarlett Johansson, Will Scarlett Johansson, OpenAI, Johansson, OpenAI’s, Sam Altman, Brian Fung, OpenAI didn’t, Anna Cooban, Organizations: CNN Business, Bell, New York CNN, Walmart, Ikea, Aldi, Morningstar Research Services, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Investors, Citi, Citigroup, Financial Conduct Authority, Bank of England’s Prudential, Authority, CNN Locations: New York, United States
In this videoShare Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via Email'Stock is undervalued': Morningstar's Nicolas Owens on Boeing's latest setbackNicolas Owens, Morningstar Equity Analyst, joins 'Fast Money' to talk Boeing's latest setback and his take on where the stock should be.
Persons: Morningstar's Nicolas Owens, Nicolas Owens Organizations: Morningstar Equity
A bond fund run by two of the top names at DoubleLine is outpacing the broader market by being defensive without fully committing to an imminent recession. The DoubleLine Opportunistic Bond ETF (DBND) has a total return of 3.2% over the past year. That's more than the broadest bond funds, such as the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG) , and the category indexes for the ETF as determined by FactSet and Morningstar. "Given where yield levels are, you're paid relatively well just to be in the higher credit quality," Sherman said.
Persons: Morningstar, Jeffrey Sherman, Jeffrey Gundlach, Sherman, Bonds, it's Organizations: Bond, Aggregate Bond, FactSet, SEC, CNBC, Federal Reserve Locations: DoubleLine, Treasurys
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailMorningstar: Anglo American has been good at playing 'hard to get'Jon Mills, equity analyst at Morningstar, says BHP's last bid for Anglo American is "getting expensive" ahead of Wednesday's deadline for a formal offer.
Persons: Jon Mills, BHP's Organizations: Morningstar
Industry analysts think the AI revolution is still in its early stages, and longtime fund manager Chris Retzler agrees. But the market veteran believes small, under-the-radar growth stocks—not the well-known companies that have already surged — are the best way to play the AI boom. AdvertisementHow to invest in small caps — and where to find themSince 2008, Retzler has single-handedly managed the Needham Small Cap Growth Fund (NESGX). Plus, investors are overlooking small-cap stocks' exposure to key growth opportunities like AI, data center buildouts, military modernization, and telecommunication improvements, in Retzler's view. "Money doesn't go immediately to small caps — it goes to the next market cap, generally," Retzler said.
Persons: , Chris Retzler, Retzler, he's, Morningstar, doesn't, Rogers, Lumentum, that's, Generac Organizations: Service, Nvidia, Business, Industry, Growth, MKS, Aspen Locations: ROG
Samsung Electronics named a new head for its semiconductor business on Tuesday, as the firm strives to lead the AI chip race. The firm aims "to strengthen its competitiveness amid an uncertain global business environment," Samsung Electronics said, adding that Jun has extensive experience leading the company's memory and battery manufacturing divisions. Samsung is in intense competition with SK Hynix to produce the most advanced memory chips in the market to ride the AI wave. The memory chip market is currently dominated by Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron — the world's top three suppliers. SK Hynix has been leading on the high-bandwidth memory front, having been the sole supplier of HBM3 chips to Nvidia , which is at the forefront of AI chips.
Persons: Young Hyun, Kyehyun Kyung, Kazunori Ito Organizations: Samsung Electronics, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung, SK Hynix, Micron, Nvidia, Morningstar
Muni bonds are beloved by wealthy investors because they offer income that's free of federal taxes. Muni bond ETFs and mutual funds, meanwhile, don't have a definite maturity date and their price can fluctuate while the investor is holding them. Liquidity needs are also a major factor, with individual bonds potentially being hard to sell if an investor has a cash need. Since these funds offer a fixed number of shares, they trade at a discount or premium to their net asset value. Some of these funds hold municipal bonds and are trading at sharp discounts to their net asset value, potentially making them an attractive purchase.
Persons: Kathleen McNamara, there's, muni, he'll, Beth Foos, James Ritzema, Baird, Jon Browne Organizations: Federal Reserve, UBS, tradeoffs Investors, SEC, Investors, Morningstar, RiverNorth Locations: Americas,
It was the upstart athletic brand that was making real inroads against Nike, the dominant name in the industry. People saw it as a company that actually could break through and take market share from Nike among the hardcore athletes,” Swartz said. String of controversiesThe period from 2016 onward is when “things really started to fall apart” at Under Armour, Swartz said. A bulk of Under Armour products are sold through sporting goods retailers and department stores, including Macy’s and Kohl’s, and online. The basketball superstar Curry, arguably the best shooter in history, famously signed with Under Armour instead of Nike in 2013.
Persons: Armour, Stephen Curry, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Plank, Howard Schultz’s, Bob Iger’s, Plank, , David Swartz, Morningstar, ” Swartz, Justin Sullivan, Tommy Gilligan, ” Plank, Swartz, , , Stephanie Linnartz, ” Schwartz, Andrew Kelly, Merrell, Zak Stambor, Stambor, Plank’s, Noel Celis, Eric Smallwood, Dwayne Johnson, Johnson, ” Smallwood, Smallwood, Curry, Joel Embiid, Embiid, Skechers, Caitlin Clark Organizations: New, New York CNN, Nike, Starbucks, Disney, CNN, Sports, North, Maryland Terrapins, Southern Methodist Mustangs, Capital, Maryland, Reuters, , Armour, Sports Authority, Sporting Goods, UCLA, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Footwear News, Adidas, NBA Golden State Warriors, UA Curry II, Getty, Apex Marketing, United Football League, NBA, WNBA Locations: New York, San Rafael , California, North America, College Park , Maryland, Manhattan , New York, Petaluma , California, Manila, AFP
Right now, securitized products in general look relatively cheap, said John Kerschner, head of U.S. securitized products and portfolio manager at Janus Henderson Investors. To meet this need, Janus launched its Securitized Income ETF (JSI) in November, which invests across the securitized space. JSI YTD mountain Janus Henderson Securitized Income ETF Collateralized loan obligations Another fund Kerschner manages is the Janus Henderson AAA CLO ETF . One way investors can get broad exposure to CMBS via BlackRock's iShares CMBS ETF . CMBS YTD mountain iShares CMBS ETF year to date However, Janus' Kerschner pointed out that all office work isn't going away.
Persons: Nick Travaglino, Nuveen, Travaglino, John Kerschner, Janus Henderson, Janus, Kerschner, Rick Rieder, I've, Rieder, CLOs, it's, isn't, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Kershner, We're Organizations: Investors, Fund, Janus Henderson Investors, SEC, Janus Henderson AAA CLO, Bank of America, AAA CLOs, BlackRock AAA CLO Locations: CLOs, BlackRock, Moody's, CMBS, multifamily
The index has rallied nearly 30% from its January low, having entered a bull market earlier this month. Longfor Group, the ninth largest homebuilder in China, surged 11%, becoming the top performing stock on the Hang Seng Index. “We think this is a largely symbolic move to show support for the sector with a ‘national team’ for the housing market,” said Citi analysts. “We are cautiously optimistic about the ‘government-led buying on unsold units’ as it’s still being rolled out in more cities, “ said Jeff Zhang, an equity analyst at Morningstar. Nasdaq Golden China Index, which tracks Chinese companies listed on Wall Street, has gained 11% since the start of April.
Persons: , , Jeff Zhang Organizations: Hong Kong CNN, Longfor, China Holdings, National Development, Reform Commission, , Citi, ING Group, Morningstar, homebuyers, Communist Party, Nasdaq Locations: China, Hong Kong, Beijing, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Chengdu, Shanghai
Investing can be intimidating, but financial planners recommend index funds to make things easier. Index funds are generally low-cost, but make sure you understand what fees are involved. Instead, experts have a suggestion to reduce the overwhelm for new and experienced investors alike: total stock market index funds, which give you exposure to the stock market more broadly. AdvertisementWhen you're picking your total market index fund, keep in mind that many of the funds are tracking the same indexes. Susan Dziubinski, an investment specialist at investment research firm Morningstar, identified total market funds as one of the five best ways to invest money.
Persons: Bryan Hasling, Hasling, there's, Charles Schwab, Susan Dziubinski, Morningstar, Dziubinski, doesn't Organizations: Apple, Financial, Fidelity Investments, Wall Street Locations: U.S
US stocks soared on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 notching an all-time high. The benchmark index surpassed 5,300 for the first time after April inflation came in cooler than expected. AdvertisementUS stocks surged on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 breaking its all-time record as traders took in cooling inflation numbers. On a monthly basis, inflation rose 0.3% in April, less than 0.4% in March. Slower economic activity helps lower inflation, though it could also indicate a slowdown in economic growth.
Persons: , Preston Caldwell, Morningstar, Jeffrey Roach Organizations: Service, Dow Jones, Treasury, Federal Reserve, Labor Department, LPL
Apple looks kind of ridiculous right now
  + stars: | 2024-05-15 | by ( Jordan Hart | ) www.businessinsider.com   time to read: +3 min
download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Apple, though, has kept pretty quiet about its own AI ambitions so far — and it's increasingly obvious. "The buzz around AI, and specifically GenAI, has been so deafening that Apple is noticeable by omission," Dipanjan Chatterjee, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, told Business Insider. Still, if the rumors about OpenAI or Gemini iPhone integration are true, this week's "strong announcements actually would bode well for Apple," William Kerwin, an analyst at Morningstar, said. AdvertisementThe analyst told BI that the new iPad rollout is simply an "appetizer to the real meat and potatoes" of Apple's AI strategy, expected to be announced at the WWDC in June.
Persons: , Sam Altman's, Google's, Dipanjan Chatterjee, Forrester, Chatterjee, Gene Munster, it'd, Apple's, bode, William Kerwin, Siri, Dan Ives Organizations: Service, Big Tech, Business, Apple, Conference, Google, Deepwater Asset Management, Morningstar, Microsoft
There's been so much love for one global chip stock that as many as 14 analysts upgraded it in the past two weeks. Based on a CNBC Pro FactSet screen, 14 analysts upgraded the stock in the past two weeks, and none downgraded it. Those covering the stock say they are optimistic in light of AI demand, among other factors. This "inefficiency" has been estimated to likely create an additional ~10% in equipment demand over time," Kim added. When it comes to AI, Kim also said that each large language model upgrade cycle requires roughly 100 times more in compute capacity upgrades.
Persons: There's, That's Taiwan's, Phelix Lee, Lee, Dan Kim, Kim, FactSet, TSMC Organizations: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Nvidia, CNBC, Morningstar, Saturna Locations: U.S, China, Taiwan
Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesHigh-performance memory chips are likely to remain in tight supply this year, as explosive AI demand drives a shortage for these chips, according to analysts. "We expect the general memory supply to remain tight throughout 2024," Kazunori Ito, director of equity research at Morningstar said in a report last week. The demand for AI chipsets has boosted the high-end memory chip market, hugely benefiting firms such Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, the top two memory chipmakers in the world. High-performance memory chips play a crucial role in the training of large language models (LLMs) such as OpenAI's ChatGPT, which led AI adoption to skyrocket. HBM's production cycle is longer by 1.5 to 2 months compared with DDR5 memory chip commonly found in personal computers and servers, market intelligence firm TrendForce said in March.
Persons: SeongJoon Cho, Kazunori Ito, Morningstar, William Bailey, TrendForce Organizations: Samsung Electronics Co, Galaxy, Bloomberg, Getty Images, SK Hynix, Micron, Samsung Electronics, Nvidia, Samsung, Nasdaq Locations: Seoul, South Korea
He previously took home the title of Morningstar fixed-income manager of the year in 2016. Generating long-term outperformance The largest among the many funds O'Neil co-manages is the Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX), which has $35.8 billion in assets and a 5.32% 30-day SEC yield. From December 2004 through the end of March 2024, Fidelity Total Bond Fund's 3.7% annualized gain topped the typical intermediate core-plus bond Morningstar Category fund's 3.3% and the 3.1% of its benchmark, the Bloomberg U.S. The 'secret sauce' The fixed-income team also benefits from teaming up with equity analysts when they talk to corporate executives, public agencies and government issuers. "If you're a buyer of nominal yields, you're finding the market very attractive.
Persons: Fidelity's Ford O'Neil, O'Neil, O'Neil —, Morningstar, Ford …, Dan Culloton, Morningstar's Culloton, FTBFX, it's Organizations: Fidelity, Harvard University, One, CNBC, Harvard, Bond Fund, SEC, Bloomberg U.S, Total Bond, Bond, Federal Reserve, Fed, Treasury Locations: Wharton, U.S
TIAA has launched a new metric to show why the 4% rule combined with an annuity can provide a higher amount of income than just using the 4% rule alone. For example, if a retiree has $1 million in total savings, the 4% rule would provide them with $40,000 in their first year of retirement. That is based on the combined income of the annuity and a 4% withdrawal on the remaining $666,667 portfolio. The first-year withdrawal of the annuity strategy — $52,667 versus $40,000 — is 32% higher and $1,056 more per month than just using the 4% rule. When withdrawal rates may be higherThe 4% rule has its blind spots when applied to today's retirees, according to recent research from Blanchett.
Persons: TIAA, Benjamin Goodman, Colin Gerrety, Goodman, Blanchett, Morningstar Organizations: Istock, Getty, Social Security, TIAA Institute, Wealth, Inflation Protection Securities, Security Locations: Corner , Virginia
Morningstar CEO: The American Dream is thriving
  + stars: | 2024-05-13 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailMorningstar CEO: The American Dream is thrivingFrom an immigrant to running Morningstar, CEO Kunal Kapoor says hard work, entrepreneurship and contributing to society leads to great outcomes.
Persons: Morningstar, Kunal Kapoor Organizations: Morningstar
Japanese technology investor SoftBank Group is expected to slip back into the red when it reports earnings on Monday despite technology stocks including Arm Holdings its core asset, performing well over the quarter. Analysts and investors are also eagerly awaiting clues about new growth investments as SoftBank has ample liquidity and can monetize its huge holding in Arm. The initial public offering (IPO) market remained subdued, leaving analysts uncertain of the monetization prospects for SoftBank's portfolio of unlisted tech startups. But while the Arm stake may make possible an investment on this scale, its dominance within SoftBank's portfolio poses a risk should market sentiment turn, hitting SoftBank's value and fundraising capacity. Morningstar analyst Javier Correonero estimates a fair value for Arm of $57 per share, compared to its recent trading range around $100 per share.
Persons: SoftBank, Arm's, DiDi, Shogo Tono, Javier Correonero Organizations: SoftBank, Arm Holdings, Grab Holdings, LSEG, Nomura Securities, Nvidia, Morningstar Locations: Britain, Coupang
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via Email'Beaten up' UK homebuilders could get the biggest boost from interest rate cuts, strategist saysMichael Field, European equity market strategist at Morningstar, discusses the outlook for European sectors and says homebuilders, particularly in the U.K., could see the biggest boost should the Bank of England start cutting interest rates.
Persons: Michael Field Organizations: Morningstar, Bank of England
Plenty of companies are reining in their rhetoric and in some cases action on issues such as sustainability and diversity. Over the past decade, many corporations have at least professed to take a more active role in social issues, under pressure from their customers and, more importantly, employees. After last year's Bud Light debacle, which was a real blow to its business, executives fear they'll be the next target of some anti-woke outcry. For the fourth quarter of 2020, 131 companies mentioned ESG, and 34 mentioned DEI or diversity and inclusion. This may be a great un-wokening, but maybe corporate America was actually never that committed to the idea in the first place.
Persons: Paul Polman, It's, Naomi Wheeless, Eventbrite, Donald Trump, Larry Fink, George Floyd's, ESG, Andrew Jones, there's, Bud Light, influencer Dylan Mulvaney, haven't, Philip Mirvis, Bud, they'll, they'd, Jones, it's, Fink, FactSet, — we're, wasn't, Alison Taylor, University's, we've, Roe, Wade, Taylor, isn't, Dylan Mulvaney, Bud Light's, Kenneth Pucker, Emily Stewart Organizations: Unilever, Unilever wasn't, Unilever isn't, Companies, Business, Sporting Goods, Conference Board's ESG, Morningstar, Babson, AIG, Amazon, ExxonMobil, University's Stern School of Business, Anheuser, Busch, Fletcher School, Tufts University Locations: Plenty, America, ESG, New, Charlottesville
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