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Morningstar Expands Commodity Research into Oil Markets; Hires Sandy Fielden as Director of Research, Commodities and Energy

CHICAGO, July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, has expanded its commodity research into the oil markets and has appointed Sandy Fielden as director of research, commodities and energy.

Morningstar added energy, oil, gas, and commodities data and analytics to its lineup of global investment research and data offerings in 2009 with the acquisition of Logical Information Machines (LIM), rebranded in 2011 as Morningstar Commodity Data, Inc. Fielden's appointment enables Morningstar to provide clients with in-depth analysis of the oil markets, and complements its robust research offerings in power and gas.

"Sandy is a respected analyst in the commodities space, and we are very pleased to bring him on board to round out our team of commodities analysts," Travis Nadelhoffer, global head of commodities and energy for Morningstar, said. "Sandy's broad knowledge of energy markets and ability to communicate about complex industry topics will further enable Morningstar to provide clients with timely, valuable insights into the market fundamentals that underpin their business."

Fielden has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and his research at Morningstar will focus primarily on the oil market. He comes to the company from RBN Energy, where he was director of energy analytics. At RBN, he authored and edited a daily blog distributed to 20,000 energy professionals and frequently presented at RBN's "School of Energy" conferences.

"The global oil industry is going through one of the most transformative periods in its history, the impact of which is poised to redefine the energy business," Fielden said. "It's a fascinating time. I look forward to sharing my findings and analysis with clients to help them navigate and address these seismic changes."

Before joining RBN in 2012, Fielden was vice president of data services for Allegro and served for more than six years as vice president of energy products and services for LIM. He was also a product manager for Saladin Security, Ltd.

Fielden holds a bachelor's degree in international history and politics from University of Leeds and a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in international business from University of Bradford.

About Morningstar Commodity Data, Inc.
Morningstar Commodity Data, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc., and a trusted source for consolidated global market data, processed and delivered in a high-quality form that businesses use to power their risk management, energy data management, trading, and other internal systems. Morningstar Commodity Data works with leading data vendors and consultants to help clients in energy and financial businesses integrate commodity, energy, and futures data into their systems and also offers a range of products for analyzing this data.

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, and retirement plan providers and sponsors. Morningstar provides data on approximately 530,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on nearly 18 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its investment advisory subsidiaries, with more than $185 billion in assets under advisement and management as of June 30, 2016. The company has operations in 27 countries.

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