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Quarter-End Insights

Morningstar's Take on the First Quarter

Our analysis of the first quarter in stocks and funds.

As the first quarter of 2020 comes to a close, Morningstar's analysts have provided in-depth reviews and outlooks across equity sectors and fund categories. 


32 Undervalued Stocks
Here are our analysts' top ideas in each sector this quarter.

Stocks Cheap After First-Quarter Plummet
Two thirds of the stocks in our North American coverage are undervalued, trading at 4 or 5 stars.

Quarter-End Markets Summary: From Record Highs to Worst Since ...
Here's a list of all the hits.

Utilities: Stock Swoon Opens a Cheap Way to Play Defense Through the Downturn
Finally, some buying opportunities in the sector.

Basic Materials Among Most Undervalued Amid Continued Underperformance
Compelling opportunities in building materials and agriculture firms, which are less exposed to macroeconomic headwinds.

Downturn Has Put Communication Services Firms on Sale
Google's online dominance should be able to withstand any shocks.

Virus, OPEC+ Oversupply Fears Weigh Heavily on Oil Prices, Gouge Energy Stocks
Plenty of reason to worry, but we still expect a nearly complete recovery.

Financial Services Is Undervalued Based on Long-Term Fundamentals  
Berkshire an ideal defensive investment for the long term.

Healthcare Moves Into Undervalued Territory After Pullback
Fears of a progressive president and changes to the healthcare system have faded.

Opportunity in Industrial Conglomerates, Aerospace and Defense, and Agricultural Firms
Defense contractors could be a smart play in this volatile environment.

Best Values Among Hardest-Hit Real Estate Subsectors
Hotel, mall, and healthcare subsectors should rebound strongly once the global crisis is over.

Turbulence Remains, but Value Remains in Consumer Cyclical
Eighty percent of the sector is undervalued, trading at 4 or 5 stars.

Consumer Defensive: Uncertainty Creates Attractive Valuations
Tobacco and beverage subsectors look particularly attractive.

Opportunities Are Arising in Software and Cybersecurity
Compared with the previous quarter, patient investors have some good opportunities.


U.S. Stock Funds Say Goodbye Bull Market, Hello Volatility at Quarter-End
Investors grappled with record-breaking volatility in a historic quarter. 

How First-Quarter Volatility Hit Foreign Stock Funds
Dan Sotiroff looks at performance and how it might have affected your portfolio.

Which Equity Funds Stood Up to the Bear Market?
These funds are bloody, but unbowed.

International-Stock Funds Recoil in 2020
International equity markets cratered as the world grappled with the adverse health and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus.

First-Quarter Sell-Off Soon Roils Calm Fixed-Income Market
The global pandemic caused fixed-income market volatility not seen since the global financial crisis.

How Have ETFs Fared During This Bear Market?
Ben Johnson explains what happened with value and growth and discounts and premiums. 

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