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Equity research reports from Morningstar

Morningstar quantitative equity research reports* are available across most of our global share products, including major stocks from the UK and US. Usually updated every 24 hours, the reports can be accessed directly from our Next Generation trading platform. Read on to discover what are Morningstar reports, how to access them and how to interpret Morningstar data using fundamental analysis. Get started by watching the video below.

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What are equity research reports?

Equity research reports tend to include all the current cash fundamentals for a share​, along with a series of value estimates, to reveal what the share could be worth versus its current underlying price. In this case, these value estimates are determined using Morningstar's proprietary calculations and metrics. The quantitative equity research provided in the Morningstar reports is automated and uses a universal rule-based metric system to generate all its value estimates. This feature doesn't offer tailored investment advice or personal analysis; it does however provide a simple yet effective summary of the latest data releases impacting each share, and applies the same value logic to each one.

Sample of a Morningstar report

Below is a sample of a Morningstar report for Apple (AAPL).​ We have highlighted some significant parts of the report, which can help your analysis and understanding of the reports.

  • A: The quantitative fair value estimate is the core component of the report and provides an estimate of what the value of the share could be.
  • B: The underlying historical price versus the quantitative fair value estimates.
  • C: The forecasted price range, based on the previous relationship between the quantitative fair value estimate and the underlying price.
  • D: Valuation data, including price/earnings ratio, cash flow and dividend yield.
  • E: Historical financials, including revenue, income, cash flow, earnings per share and overall profitability.

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What are Morningstar's quantitative ratings?

The quantitative equity rating section can be broken into five segments — the quantitative fair value estimate, quantitative economic moat, quantitative valuation, quantitative uncertainty and quantitative financial health. The quantitative metrics used to determine these scores are derived from a statistical model designed to mimic traditional analyst-driven ratings. We explore these in further detail below.

Quantitative fair value estimate

The quantitative fair value estimate is Morningstar's estimate of what the share price could be today. This is one of the most useful numbers on the report as it indicates whether the share may currently be undervalued​ or overvalued. For example, the underlying price of Apple might currently be 1550.0, while the Morningstar fair value estimate might be 2000.0. The figure is calculated using a statistical model similar to the that Morningstar equity analysts apply to companies.

Quantitative valuation

The quantitative valuation is the ratio of a stock's quantitative fair value estimate to its most recent close price. The rating is expressed as overvalued, fairly valued or undervalued.

Quantitative economic moat

The quantitative economic moat describes the strength of a company's competitive position. The quantitative rating is expressed as none, narrow or wide.

Quantitative uncertainty

Any equity valuation involves a certain degree of uncertainty. The quantitative uncertainty score shows Morningstar's level of uncertainty about the accuracy of the quantitative fair value estimate. The lower the quantitative uncertainty, the more reliable the fair value estimate for that particular company is likely to be. The rating is expressed as low, medium, high, very high or extreme.

Quantitative financial health

Morningstar's quantitative financial health rating reflects the likelihood that a company will face financial problems in the near future. This calculation uses a predictive model designed to anticipate when a company may default on its financial obligations. Financial health is expressed as weak, moderate or strong.

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​*These reports are provided by Morningstar for general information only and are not intended to provide investment advice. Neither CMC Markets nor Morningstar is responsible for any trading decisions, damages or losses related to the information or its use.

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