Morningstar (MORN +1.9%) joins the ranks of the credit-raters, saying it has begun publishing...

|By:, SA News Editor

Morningstar (MORN +1.9%) joins the ranks of the credit-raters, saying it has begun publishing ratings for nearly 100 of the top U.S. companies, with plans of expanding to 1,000. "Credit ratings are a natural extension of the equity research we've been producing for the past decade," firm says. "We believe we have a unique viewpoint to offer on company default risk."