Morningstar Assigns New Analyst Rating to 59 U.S. Funds and One Target-Date Series; Upgrades 10 Funds; Affirms Ratings on 116 Funds and One Target-Date Series in November

Morningstar Assigns New Analyst Rating to 59 U.S. Funds and One Target-Date Series; Upgrades 10 Funds; Affirms Ratings on 116 Funds and One Target-Date Series in November

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CHICAGO, Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, has published a summary of Morningstar Analyst Rating™ activity for 192 U.S. mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and two target-date series that occurred in November 2017. The Morningstar Analyst Rating for funds represents Morningstar’s conviction in the fund’s ability to outperform on a risk-adjusted basis over the long term. The five-tiered, qualitative Morningstar Analyst Rating scale has three positive levels, indicating Morningstar Medalists—Gold, Silver, and Bronze—in addition to Neutral and Negative ratings.

In November, Morningstar’s Manager Research Group assigned new ratings to 59 funds and one target-date series. In addition, analysts upgraded ratings for 10 funds, affirmed ratings for 116 funds and one target-date series, and placed seven funds under review.

As of Nov. 30, 2017, Morningstar analysts had assigned a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold to 140 unique U.S. funds, a Silver rating to 326 funds, a Bronze rating to 584 funds, a Neutral rating to 646 funds, and a Negative rating to 15 funds. Morningstar Medalists currently account for approximately 6 percent of unique mutual funds available for sale in the United States and 60 percent of assets under management. Morningstar’s manager research analysts rate approximately $11.2 trillion of U.S. investor assets, or approximately 69 percent of total investor assets in the United States.

The following Morningstar Analyst Rating changes occurred in November 2017:

Previous Morningstar

Analyst Rating

Current Morningstar

Analyst Rating

New Morningstar Medalists

American Beacon Bridgeway Large Cap Value

None

Bronze

BlackRock Asian Dragon

None

Bronze

Credit Suisse Managed Futures Strategy

None

Bronze

Fidelity Advisor Technology

None

Bronze

Fidelity Real Estate Income

None

Bronze

Fidelity Select Technology

None

Bronze

Fidelity Small Cap Growth

None

Bronze

iShares MSCI EAFE International Index

None

Bronze

Janus Henderson Global Technology

None

Bronze

JPMorgan Intrepid European

None

Bronze

JPMorgan Market Expansion Enhanced Index

None

Bronze

MFS Technology

None

Bronze

Natixis US Equity Opportunities

None

Bronze

Oberweis International Opportunities

None

Bronze

Pioneer Floating Rate

None

Bronze

Principal Real Estate Securities

None

Bronze

T. Rowe Price Japan

None

Bronze

Vanguard Total International Bond Index

None

Silver

Voya International Real Estate

None

Bronze

Upgrades

Champlain Mid Cap

Silver

Gold

Champlain Small Company

Silver

Gold

Dreyfus Strategic Value

Bronze

Silver

Fidelity Advisor Leveraged Company Stock

Neutral

Bronze

JPMorgan US Research Enhanced Equity

Neutral

Bronze

PIMCO StocksPLUS

Neutral

Bronze

T. Rowe Price Emerging Markets Stock

Bronze

Silver

T. Rowe Price Institutional Emerging Markets Equity

Bronze

Silver

T. Rowe Price Media & Telecomms

Bronze

Silver

Vanguard International Explorer

Neutral

Bronze

Under Review

Fidelity GNMA

Gold

Under Review

Fidelity Government Income

Gold

Under Review

Fidelity Mortgage Securities

Silver

Under Review

Fidelity Select Materials

Neutral

Under Review

Goldman Sachs Multi-Manager Alternatives

Neutral

Under Review

Highland Global Allocation

Neutral

Under Review

Highland Long/Short Equity

Neutral

Under Review

A complete list of the new Analyst Ratings for 59 U.S. funds and one target-date series that Morningstar assigned in November is available here. A list of the Analyst Ratings for 116 U.S. funds and one target-date series that Morningstar affirmed in November is available here.

A summary of last month’s Morningstar Analyst Rating changes for U.S. funds is available on Morningstar.com in the latest Fund Spy: Medalist Edition here.

Morningstar launched its Analyst Rating for funds and Global Fund Reports in November 2011. Morningstar Medalists—Gold-, Silver-, and Bronze-rated funds—are funds that analysts determine are likely to outperform their peer groups and/or relevant benchmarks on a risk-adjusted basis over a market cycle of at least five years. The differences between the positive ratings indicate the level of the analyst’s conviction in a fund’s future performance. Analysts arrive at a rating through an evaluation of five key pillars: People, Process, Parent, Performance, and Price. The Analyst Rating methodology for mutual funds is available here and for ETFs here.

To view a complete list and supporting analysis for Analyst Ratings for U.S. funds, please visit www.morningstar.com. Premium Members have access to a Morningstar Medalists screener, where users can sort funds by Morningstar Rating, Morningstar Analyst Rating, Fund Family, Manager Tenure, Expense Ratio, and other metrics. Morningstar’s Global Fund Reports, in-depth research reports that include a wealth of data and analysis, are available in Morningstar DirectSM, the company’s web-based global investment analysis platform for institutional investors, and in Morningstar OfficeSM, a global practice and portfolio management solution for advisors.

Morningstar has approximately 120 manager research analysts worldwide who cover approximately 4,440 funds. The company provides data on approximately 225,200 open-end mutual funds, 10,900 closed-end funds, and 14,500 exchange-traded product listings as of Sept. 30, 2017.

About Morningstar, Inc.

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, retirement plan providers and sponsors, and institutional investors in the private capital markets. Morningstar provides data and research insights on a wide range of investment offerings, including managed investment products, publicly listed companies, private capital markets, and real-time global market data. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its investment advisory subsidiaries, with more than $220 billion in assets under advisement and management as of Sept. 30, 2017. The company has operations in 27 countries.

Morningstar’s Manager Research Group consists of various wholly owned subsidiaries of Morningstar, Inc. including, but not limited to, Morningstar Research Services LLC. Analyst Ratings are subjective in nature and should not be used as the sole basis for investment decisions. Analyst Ratings are based on Morningstar’s Manager Research Group’s current expectations about future events and therefore involve unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause such expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what was expected. Analyst Ratings are not guarantees nor should they be viewed as an assessment of a fund’s or the fund’s underlying securities’ creditworthiness. This press release is for informational purposes only; references to securities in this press release should not be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell the securities.

©2017 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved.

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