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CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, has published a summary of Morningstar Analyst Rating™ activity for 158 U.S. mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and two target-date series that occurred in August 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 August, Morningstar's Manager Research Group assigned new ratings to 48 funds. In addition, analysts upgraded ratings for eight funds, downgraded ratings for seven funds, and affirmed ratings for 95 funds and two target-date series.

As of August 31, 2017, Morningstar analysts had assigned a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold to 138 unique U.S. funds, a Silver rating to 334 funds, a Bronze rating to 546 funds, a Neutral rating to 603 funds, and a Negative rating to 11 funds. Morningstar Medalists currently account for approximately 6 percent of unique mutual funds available for sale in the United States and 59 percent of assets under management. Morningstar's manager research analysts rate approximately $10.5 trillion of U.S. investor assets, or approximately 67 percent of total investor assets in the United States.

The following Morningstar Analyst Rating changes occurred in August 2017:


Previous
Morningstar

Analyst Rating

Current
Morningstar

Analyst Rating

New Morningstar Medalists



AB Income Advisor

None

Bronze

AQR Long-Short Equity

None

Bronze

BlackRock Strategic Global Bond

None

Bronze

Federated Total Return Bond

None

Bronze

Fidelity Advisor Health Care

None

Silver

Fidelity Select Health Care

None

Silver

Harbor High-Yield Bond

None

Bronze

John Hancock Funds Disciplined Value Mid Cap

None

Silver

SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF

None

Silver

T. Rowe Price Institutional International Core Equity

None

Bronze

T. Rowe Price Institutional International Growth Equity

None

Bronze

Touchstone Focused

None

Bronze

Tweedy, Browne Global Value II Currency Unhedged

None

Bronze

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond Index

None

Silver

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond Index

None

Silver

Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index Investor

None

Silver

Vanguard Long-Term Corporate Bond Index

None

Silver

Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond Index

None

Silver

Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index

None

Silver

Voya Intermediate Bond

None

Silver

Wells Fargo Global Small Cap

None

Bronze

Westwood Income Opportunity

None

Bronze




Upgrades



Artisan High Income

Neutral

Bronze

Eaton Vance Multisector Income

Negative

Neutral

iShares S&P 500 Index

Neutral

Bronze

John Hancock Funds International Growth

Neutral

Bronze

Lazard Global Listed Infrastructure

Bronze

Silver

PIMCO Mortgage Opportunities

Bronze

Silver

T. Rowe Price International Stock

Neutral

Bronze

Thornburg Limited Term Income

Neutral

Bronze




Downgrades



Driehaus Active Income

Bronze

Neutral

Fidelity Small Cap Stock

Bronze

Neutral

Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Growth

Bronze

Neutral

Tweedy, Browne Global Value

Silver

Bronze

Tweedy, Browne Value

Silver

Bronze

Tweedy, Browne Worldwide High Dividend Yield Value

Silver

Bronze

Vanguard Windsor II

Bronze

Neutral

A complete list of the new Analyst Ratings for 48 U.S. funds that Morningstar assigned in August is available here. A list of the Analyst Ratings for 95 U.S. funds and two target-date series that Morningstar affirmed in August 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 130 manager research analysts worldwide who cover approximately 4,420 funds. The company provides data on approximately 223,000 open-end mutual funds, 11,000 closed-end funds, and 14,500 exchange-traded product listings as of June 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 $200 billion in assets under advisement and management as of June 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.

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