• How Does Buffalo Wild Wings Revenue Growth Compare?

    By Art Crabtree - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: BJRI, BWLD, DIN, TXRH

    How does Buffalo Wild Wings revenue growth compare to other casual dining restaurant chains? Of the four restaurant chains; Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD), Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ: TXRH), BJ’s Restaurants (NASDAQ: BJRI), and DineEquity Inc. (NYSE: DIN); which one has the superior future revenue growth prospects?

    All four casual dining restaurant chains have recently reported their second-quarter earnings for 2013. The table below compares several revenue and growth metrics more »

  • You Should Do More Than Just Eat at Chili's

    By Mark Yagalla - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    It always surprises me to see a little bit of Americana in Asia, particularly Tex-Mex chain Chili's Grill & Bar. Brinker International (NYSE: EAT) has done a great job with Chili's international expansion and creating a restaurant concept that diners enjoy and love. According to the company's website:

    Every day from Chicago to Cairo, more than a million people dine at Brinker International restaurants.

    What I like about more »

  • Add Flavor to Your Portfolio With These Stocks

    By Gayron Wainwright - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DIN, CAKE

    Under the circumstances of low consumer confidence, customer allegiance threatens restaurants continually. According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), “on average, repeat customers represent sales of 71 percent of quick service, 68 percent of fast casual, 64 of casual dining, 63 percent family dining and 51 percent of fine-dining restaurants.”


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    Source: National Restaurant Association, July 29, 2013

    The chart shows the restaurant industry maintaining a 47% share of the food more »

  • 3 Restaurants for Your Watchlist

    By William Bias - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: DIN, RRGB, SONC | Editor's Choice

    Sometimes, you can find good investment ideas by looking at the myriad of restaurants in your neighborhood. They may not all rank with huge global restaurant chains such as McDonald’s; however, they may still be worth some of your research time. The three restaurant chains below reside in a turnaround situation that can profit the long-term shareholder.

    From pancakes and steaks

    Full service restaurant chain DineEquity (NYSE: DIN) and more »

  • One Restaurant Company to Consider, Two to Avoid

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CBRL, DENN, DIN

    If you take a road trip, then you might want to stop for a bite to eat. Some people will opt for McDondald’s, and others will go with a healthier option like Subway. Both are quick and easy. But then there are people who would prefer to sit down and enjoy a meal. These folks might stop at Denny’s (NASDAQ: DENN), Cracker Barrel (NASDAQ: CBRL), or IHOP (International more »

  • Which Full-Service Restaurant Company Should You Buy?

    By Awais Iqbal - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    Casual dining represents a great market in the United States. There have been many success stories of roadside eateries becoming giants because of their famous product offerings. The restaurant industry in the United States has leveraged its growth on the casual dining market.

    As the population of United States becomes more multicultural consumers have started to demand different tastes. There is also a rising trend of quick service retail and more »

  • Should You Invest Where You Eat?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    Have you eaten at Chili’s lately? If so, then you have supported Brinker International (NYSE: EAT). If you prefer a more upscale dining experience, or if you simply prefer Italian food, then perhaps you have dined at Maggiano’s at some point. If so, then you have also supported Brinker International.

    Between these two establishments, Brinker owns and operates nearly 1,600 restaurants around the world. Brinker’s stock more »

  • Are Restaurant Chains Serving Up an Earnings Feast?

    By Brian Hill - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, DIN, RUTH

    Americans love to eat out, which makes restaurant companies' financial results a useful barometer of the state of the general economy. The National Restaurant Association reported that the average household spent $2,620 on food outside the home in 2011. But when consumers' budgets are tight, they don't dine out as often. By taking a look at how restaurant chains are doing, we can get some clues about how more »

  • These Sit-Down Restaurants Offer Big Plates of Profits

    By Bob Ciura - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    As the economy gradually recovers from the worst financial crisis in decades, it’s reasonable to invest in cyclical sectors of the economy that do particularly well in good economic times.

    One such industry is the casual restaurant industry, whose fortunes are tied closely to the health of the consumer. And, since American consumers are feeling better about their finances and spending more in recent months, wise investors should pay more »

  • Is Fast Casual the New "Dining Out" Norm?

    By Stephanie Faris - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, DRI, DIN, PNRA

    Chains rely on business from lunch and dinner customers to succeed, but during the rushed lunch hour, workers often have little time to wait for food to arrive at chains like Red Lobster and Applebee's. Adding to this is the fact that lunches at both of these chain restaurants can easily cost $10-$20 per person, including tip.

    As American consumers have tightened family budgets, these daily lunchtime outings more »

  • Michael Dell's Top Stocks

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: ABG, DLPH, DIN, PVH

    Most people are unaware that billionaire Michael Dell, the founder of tech giant Dell, has a hedge fund that oversees some $550 million of his personal wealth. Michael Dell formed the MSD Capital hedge fund in 1998, and it's currently managed by Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan. The fund remains heavily concentrated, with over 80% of its assets vested in its top four stocks (check out MSD's top more »
  • Don't Skip Breakfast With These Stocks

    By Mark Yagalla - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: BOBE, CBRL, DENN, DIN

    In good times and bad, one basic luxury never went out of style – a good, old fashioned American breakfast. Americans have a love affair with breakfast. Generally it's good, filling and cheap. The restaurant chains that cater to this demographic have been great performers. They have defied the economic downturn. I see continued gains for the sector since I love their business model and their breakfasts.

    Nothing like an more »

  • This Hedge Fund Was Heavy on the M&A Front Last Quarter

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: ARB, DIN, SEMG, S, VMED

    Halcyon Asset Management, managed by John Bader, is a multi-strategy hedge fund specializing in the credit, merger, and special situations fields. The fund recently filed its 13F with the SEC, describing some of its main investments during 2013’s first quarter. It’s important to take a look at the fund’s favorite holdings, because research has shown that retail investors can benefit from watching hedge fund sentiment; discover the more »

  • Time to Buy This Restaurant Chain

    By Ted Cooper - May 15, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    Casual dining chains have not been left out of the current stock market rally, but their profits are likely to improve at least as much as their stock prices as the U.S. economy continues to recover. As the unemployment rate falls, foot traffic will likely pick up again -- leading to higher earnings for these companies.

    However, not all causal dining chains are equally appealing. Some stocks have run up more »

  • Income Investors Should Consider Casual Restaurants

    By Bob Ciura - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    Despite worries over another economic slowdown, the U.S. economy continues to show resilience. In particular, consumers have shown a measurable ability to keep spending, even when under duress as a result of higher payroll taxes, and the ongoing sequester.

    Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that personal spending in the U.S. increased 0.2% in March, according to the Commerce Department. This was received well by many, as more »

  • It's Okay to Buy the Food, Just Don't Buy the Stock

    By Austin Higgins - May 1, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) recently reported third quarter metrics. Earnings per share rose by 292% from the previous quarter but fell by 18% from the same quarter last year. Total revenue climbed to $2.26 billion while same-store sales declined by 4.6%. With so much competition in the restaurant industry, are these numbers bad news for Darden and other companies?

    Darden overview

    Darden Restaurants operates Olive Garden, Red Lobster more »

  • Billionaire Richard Chilton’s Small Cap Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: ATML, DIN, ENTG, FHN, VVUS

    According to our research, the most popular small cap stocks (those with market capitalizations between $1 billion and $5 billion) among hedge funds outperform the S&P 500 by an average of 18 percentage points per year. We think that this is because small cap stocks are less widely followed by investors, including institutional investors such as mutual funds; when a hedge fund team looks at such a stock then more »

  • ShouId We Buy Into This Casual Dining Chain's Turnaround?

    By Anh HOANG - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, DIN, RT

    If investors grabbed shares of Ruby Tuesday (NYSE: RT) at its low in 2009 at nearly $1 per share, they must be quite happy to see it has risen to nearly $7.40 per share by now. The shares seem to have a lot of more potential upside as the casual dining chain is turning itself around. Let’s take a closer look to see whether or not Ruby Tuesday more »

  • Cracker Barrel is Country Strong

    By Julian Willis - April 1, 2013 | Tickers: CBRL, DENN, DIN

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ: CBRL), the Southern-inspired restaurant operator and country kitsch gift store, is currently outclassing its publicly traded competitors in a variety of business metrics. Here are three reasons why the Lebanon, Tenn., company and operator of 621 restaurants should see its stock price appreciate 10% this spring and crack $90 per share by June.

    1. Quarterly revenue momentum
    First, let's run down some key more »

  • Its okay to buy the food, just don't buy the stock

    By Austin Higgins - March 30, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) recently reported third quarter metrics. Earnings per share rose by 292% from the previous quarter but fell by 18% from the same quarter last year. Total revenue climbed to $2.26 billion while same-store sales declined by 4.6%. With so much competition in the restaurant industry, are these numbers bad news for Darden and other companies?

    Darden Restaurants operates Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and more »

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