Morningstar, Inc. published its summary of Morningstar Analyst Rating activity for 151 U.S. open-end mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that occurred in July.
Morningstar’s research analysts assigned new ratings to six funds, including an inaugural rating of Gold to PGIM High Yield.
Laura Pavlenko Lutton, Morningstar’s director of manager research for North America, said that PGIM High Yield earned an inaugural rating of Gold due to its “expansive and experienced team, robust process, and modest price tag.”
“Backed by a deep bench of 42 credit analysts and two dedicated traders, the portfolio team [of PGIM High Yield] has a history of managing insurance assets, helping to focus the group on a long-term outlook, which is reflected in the fund’s investment process,” Lutton said in a statement.
Analysts also upgraded ratings for five funds, downgraded ratings for eight funds, affirmed ratings for 129 funds, and placed three funds under review in July.