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8 Surprising Stocks to Consider

These large companies lack economic moats and have negative moat trends--but we think they’re attractive nonetheless.

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Some things just go together. Chocolate and peanut butter. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Teens and their iPhones. Morningstar and moats.

As longtime readers know, our approach to stock investing rests heavily on the idea of economic moats. We believe companies that’ve carved out economic moats have unassailable competitive advantages that should allow them to thrive for a decade or more. And even better than a company with a moat? A company whose moat exhibits a positive moat trend, meaning that its competitive position isn’t just solid--it’s improving.

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Susan Dziubinski does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.