Chipotle Mexican Grill

  • Do Premium and Value Go Together?

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, CMG, MCD, YUM

    It's rare to find a company that can position itself as offering both value and premium offerings. Sometimes, when a company tries to straddle the lines between high-end and cheaper options, customers can get confused and sales may suffer. Some investors might assume this is what’s happening at McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD). However, the Golden Arches has upgraded its image before, and chances are the company can do more »

  • Why This Fast Food Chain is in Danger

    By Adrian Campos - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK, MCD

    Based in San Diego, Jack in the Box (NASDAQ: JACK) is a national casual fast-dining that sells hamburgers, French fries, sandwiches and other fast meals in 2,200 restaurants covering 21 states. It also owns Qdoba Mexican Grill chain, which comprises around 600 restaurants in 45 states.

    With $1.72 billion in market capitalization, the company is currently valued at 24x earnings, well above Mc Donald's Corporation (NYSE: MCDmore »)

  • Too Late to Back Up the Food Truck on This Stock?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, CHUY, YUM

    Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) stock has recovered nicely from several quarters of post-earnings drops both deep and brutal. The main concern was that its  former Ghost Pepper hot rate of growth (rated at 1 million Scoville heat units and the hottest pepper) had turned into a mild jalapeno rate of hotness (2,500 SHUs). Still hot but definitely not searing.

    It is a favorite of my college student daughter more »

  • No Longer Just Winging It

    By Chad Henage - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, BWLD, CMG, PNRA

    I have to admit, I didn’t see this one coming. I’m willing to admit when a company shocks me with an outstanding earnings report. Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) just reported blowout earnings, and they also seem to have solved one of the biggest problems facing the company at the same time.

    The Trouble With Being Chicken
    I found out about Buffalo Wild Wings from multiple articles on more »

  • This Growth Story Has 3 Big Problems

    By Chad Henage - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BWLD, CMG, PNRA, YUM

    I’ve admittedly been a skeptic of Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) over the last year or so. The company has given shareholders quite the ride as shares have both risen and fallen based on how the current quarter’s results were perceived. I would argue that Chipotle is probably one of the easiest businesses to understand, yet the stock is a bit of a mystery. The company shows strength in a more »

  • Is This High-Growth Restaurant Company Resilient?

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, MCD, YUM

    When the vast majority of stocks appreciate for several consecutive years, it can be difficult to determine which companies are for real and which companies are simply riding the wave. Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) clearly fits into one of these categories.

    A unique concept

    If you had approached someone in the 1980s and told them there would be a healthy and popular Mexican fast-food restaurant chain in the future more »

  • Noodles, we have a problem

    By Jon Quast - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: BWLD, CMG, NDLS

    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) is a newcomer to the fast-casual restaurant sector. Even before the IPO I had hoped this company - on the top-ten growth list for several years - would go public so I could have a piece of the action. But since going public my outlook has been cautious, and a 16% drop from recent highs may confirm this company's ongoing stock problem: valuation. Why is this company more »

  • A Bad Second Quarter Yields Great Opportunity

    By Michael Douglass - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, BAGL, PNRA

    Panera Bread's (NASDAQ: PNRA) earnings came in under expectations for the second quarter of 2013, and the sell-off to under $180 gives you a great opportunity to, as Warren Buffett put it, be “greedy when others are fearful.” There is nothing wrong with Panera’s business plan, and the market’s irrationality is your opportunity.

    Solid revenue and earnings

    Panera reported second-quarter 2013 EPS of $1.74, representing growth more »

  • Panera Bread's Potential Problem

    By Glenn Singewald - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA

    Panera Bread (PNRA) has been serving up satisfaction to patrons with steaming paninis, and to investors with profitable growth, for two decades now. On July 24, for the first time in months, the stock dipped much due to lower-than-expected earnings and a lowered full-year projection.

    Wall Street has tended to favor Panera; the main question of the company has been whether it can maintain such delicious growth. While analysts ponder more »

  • Which food company might satisfy your hunger for profits?

    By Chetan Valani - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, MCD, PNRA

    Fast casual restaurants have truly been a revolution in the food industry positioning themselves as the high quality middle-ground between fast food and full-service restaurants. Fast food restaurants are going strong as well touting strong overall value and low everyday prices while sophisticating their ambiance and menus.

    With over 1,000 locations Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) is truly the stalwart of the fast casual industry while McDonald’s (NYSE: MCDmore »)

  • This QSR Could Continue To Soar

    By Piyush Arora - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, YUM

    I don’t think that the investing community needs an introduction to Chipotle (NYSE: CMG). From operating with just one outlet 1993, to having over 1,500 stores in 2013, its rise has been nothing short of meteoric. However, now that shares of Chipotle have risen by nearly 840% since its IPO in 2006, its trailing P/E of 43x seems pretty high. But even with its currently high valuations more »

  • There's More Than Just Jack in the Box

    By Mark Yagalla - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK, MCD

    What I like about Jack in the Box (NASDAQ: JACK) is that you get both a hamburger chain and a Mexican fast-food chain by owning the company. It's like having both McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) all in one. Or is it? The concept certainly is appealing. The only question is if the company can execute on this strategy and deliver.

    Company overview

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  • You Shouldn't Be Betting Big on This Company Right Now

    By Chad Henage - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, MCD, PNRA, YUM

    Huge companies sometimes have to bet big in order to grow. Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) decided to bet big on the Chinese market, and specifically with the KFC chain. The company has over 4,400 KFC restaurants in the country, which represents over 74% of the company’s Chinese stores. Unfortunately for investors, when companies bet big, sometimes these big bets can go wrong. Through a series of issues at more »

  • Why Panera Bread Is A Great Purchase

    By Nikhil Raheja - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, COSI, PNRA

    Panera Bread Co(NASDAQ: PNRA) is one of the best restaurants in the country. It benefits from several important factors, such as a well designed business model, committed management, and good financials. Although Panera faces stiff competition in the industry, it has managed to appeal to the customers and build loyalty. Panera should prove to be a good long term buy.

    Business Model:

    Panera emphasises franchisees with greater resources. For more »

  • Fast Profits in Fast Casual

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, YUM

    The fast-casual industry has grown gangbusters over the past couple of years and for good reason. Many consumers are trading down, decreasing their time spent at casual-dining restaurants and increasing time at fast-food and fast-casual dining restaurants.

    I have to admit, that since the likes of Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), I rarely spend time at the fast-food joints. Even though both of these stocks more »
  • Why These Are Bubble Stocks

    By Ryan Peckyno - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, MGM, TSLA, Z

    In a market that has returned around 20% this year through July, it is very tempting to follow the herd and jump on the hot stocks -- those stocks that, on one hand, have characteristics of the rule breakers yet, on the other hand, seem eerily similar to many of the hundreds of companies that went bust after the dot-com boom.   

    Will these companies continue to defy logic and confound value more »

  • Searching for Earnings Growth?

    By Art Crabtree - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, YUM

    Of the three restaurant chains; Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA), and YUM! Brands (NYSE: YUM); which one has the better future earnings prospects? Earning season is almost over and only 66% of the S&P companies beat expectations on the bottom line (earnings) and only 55% beat expectations on the top line (revenue). However, if you strip out the financial sector from the S&P 500 more »

  • Private Equity Managers Say Sell Your Stocks Now!

    By Reuben Brewer - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, GOOG, TSLA

    Private equity managers are saying it's time to sell. That's disconcerting since these companies make money buying during market lows and selling at market peaks. It might be time to consider getting out of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG).

    "We’re selling everything that’s not nailed down in our portfolio,” Leon Black, the head of Apollo Global Management, told a more »

  • Searching for Sustainable Revenue Growth

    By Art Crabtree - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, YUM

    Of the three restaurant chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA), and Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), which one has the best future growth prospects? Earning season is almost over and only 67% of S&P 500 companies beat expectations on the bottom-line (earnings) and only 53% beat expectations on the top-line (revenue). Finding sustainable growth in today’s economy is a real challenge.

    All three restaurant chains more »

  • Dealing With the Fast Casual Threat

    By Reuben Brewer - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, DRI, YUM

    With the success of fast-casual chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), companies far and wide are trying to deal with the niche segment that sits between fast-food giants like Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) and casual players like Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI).

    Fast casual tries to be the best of all worlds, with better quality than fast food and lower prices than casual dining. The star of the industry is more »

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