Morningstar: Alphabet is admired by top investors, and so do we

Morningstar: Alphabet is admired by top investors, and so do we ...

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Morningstar reviewed seven diversified mutual funds with respect for their managers. Then it chose three undervalued stocks that are held by at least four of the funds.

Concentrated funds are funds that hold between 20 and 50 stocks, thus making them more discerning about what they purchase, according to Morningstar.com's director of content.

The seven funds are:

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Three stocks are:

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Morningstars Take on Alphabet

Morningstar analyst Ali Mogharabi assigns the company a broad moat and assesses fair value at $169. It recently traded at $116.

In a July commentary, Alphabets second-quarter results failed consensus estimates, but we found the companies' search advertising and cloud numbers encouraging.

Google's diversified advertising offerings appear to be partially offset by macro concerns, while digital transformation to the cloud remains at the top of many businesses' priorities list.

Given the persistent economic and geopolitical challenges, we have modestly lowered our short- and medium-term projections, bringing his fair-value estimate down from $180.

Morningstars Take on Booking Holdings

Dan Wasiolek, a Morningstar analyst, gives the company a light moat and fair value of $3,000. It last traded at $1,933.

We expect Booking's global online travel agency leadership position to increase over the next decade.

Wasiolek expects a strong position in Asia-Pacific, a strong European position, and an expanding presence in vacation rentals, restaurants, experiences, flights, and payments. All of this is backed by a leading marketing and technology scale.

Morningstars take on Microsoft.

Morningstar analyst Dan Romanoff gives the company a broad moat and puts fair value for the stock at $352. It recently traded at $280.

Microsoft's latest quarterly results were lower than predicted, but we believe that its fundamentals are still solid, according to the author.

The company's performance was primarily harmed by factors beyond its control, such as a stronger dollar, persistent supply chain issues, continued scaling back in Russia, and general macroeconomic pressures.

We are encouraged by several pockets of weakness, such as Azure, the continued migration to Office E5, and the continued use of the Power platform, according to Romanoff.

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