Bird flu and poultry feed concerns
Chinese chicken haven’t been enjoying a great rep … And as a consequence, between concerns regarding bird flu and poultry welfare, the Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) KFC chain hasn’t been enjoying the best of times either.
It’s been a steep learning curve for those who took a chance and invested in Yum! Brands, that reaps most of its growth in one sole more »
Coffee has long been the beverage of choice in many parts of the world, and the US has joined the coffee craze with gusto. Although Americans don’t tend to like it quite as strong as it is served in Spain, Italy, France and throughout Central and South America, the continued strong performance of such giant coffee chains as Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Dunkin’ Donuts (NASDAQ: DNKN) makes an investment more »
Currently, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is trading with losses of 4% at a price of $426.00 after news that Tiger Management’s Julian Robertson unloaded its remaining 42,000-shares stake in the company, down from 101,000 shares in Q4--thus eliminating a $100 million stake the firm had owned for many years. However, the firm also initiated new positions, with what appears to be the money from its stake in more »
Some worldwide and well-known fast food chains, in the coffee sector in particular, have been making some noise in the stock market. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR), Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Dunkin Brands Group (NASDAQ: DNKN), are companies with plenty of expansion opportunities in both internal and overseas markets, due to their strong brand names and wide yet universal product offerings.
A stock with a positive perspective
On May more »
The fact that McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) is a relatively consistent business has led the company to make consistent dividend payments and payment increases annually over the long-term. The company raised dividends every year since first paying them in 1976. McDonald’s increased its dividend payments annually by at least 10% in 9 out of the last 10 years. The average annual dividend increase was nearly 30% over the past more »
Currently, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is trading with losses of 4% at a price of $426.00 after news that Tiger Management’s Julian Robertson unloaded its remaining 42,000 share stake in the company, down from 101,000 shares in Q4. Thus eliminating a $100 million stake the firm had owned for many years. However, the firm also initiated new positions, in what appears to be with money from its more »
When was the last time you grabbed a coffee at Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) on your way to work? Chances are it was today. What is it that makes this brand America's favorite coffee? All those who swear by Starbucks' coffee, read on to find out what makes this brand tick.
The last quarter
In its last quarter, Starbucks' comparable-store sales grew 6%, driven by increased traffic and the average more »
In shopping we feel comfortable paying a premium for a good brand because it signifies reliability and quality that will pay off later.
So why don't investors apply that same logic to the stock market? Too many investors are unwilling to pay up for the best companies because they're afraid of high price multiples. They're drawn to the 'bargain' second and third-rate competitors. But when it more »
There are five questions investors should consider when evaluating a growth stock:
- Does the company have a clear growth plan?
- Can management execute on its expansion strategy?
- Can the company protect or expand its margins?
- Is the stock reasonably priced?
- Does the company reward shareholders with dividends and buybacks?
Let's see how Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) stacks up.
1) Clear expansion plan
Dunkin' has three key growth drivers:
Domestic more »
I have this problem, if a stock is an obvious winner, I find some reason to avoid the shares. I've tried to correct the issue, but many times the company's potential is so obvious that I can't believe picking the stock could be that easy. Such is the case with Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX). Here is a company with an iconic brand, their business is booming, and yet more »
A 13% growth in sales is expected in the food and beverage segment in the U.S. this year. The main factors that would drive this growth are launches of new products. Innovation and pricing decisions of new products will also play a vital role for this industry.
I have picked up three restaurant stocks, which should benefit from this trend, and seem to generate revenue on the back of more »
Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) CEO has said that analysts who had predicted market saturation for Starbucks in the U.S. five years back could not have been more wrong. And he is right. The company is buzzing with new initiatives, which positions it well for solid long-term growth.
The fact that Starbucks is getting it right is amply reflected in its second quarter results. Where most fast food chains, including rivals more »
I won't lie, I've had my eyes on Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) since the company went public. I don't think there could be a better example of the old Peter Lynch adage of buy what you know. My wife and I both like their beverages and sandwiches. In fact, my wife's whole family is hooked on Dunkin and is from New England--what more could you want more »
Fast food giant Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) is taking another hit in China with the avian flu scare. That's bad news for a company that is betting heavily on China's future.
Growing with China
When investors visit Yum's investor relations website, the first item under “Vision & Strategy” is “Build leading brands across China in every single category.” The second item is to drive aggressive international expansion.
Clearly more »
Investors in Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) are learning a hard lesson. When you invest in a company where most of their growth comes from one country, things can go very badly, very quickly. When the company's Chinese operations were ringing up outsized sales gains and same-store sales growth was impressive, the stock could do no wrong. However, in the last few months, the company's KFC chain has more »
The United States expects to see 13% sales growth in its food and beverage segment for year 2013. The main factors that will be driving earnings are the launches of new products and sales growth. Innovation and pricing decisions into new products will also play a vital role for this industry. I have picked up three restaurant stocks that seem to generate revenue based on two parameters -- sales and expansions more »
Over the past several years, the health craze in the U.S. has forced many food industry organizations - both large and small - to reevaluate menu items in order to serve their more diverse and health-conscious customers. Tim Hortons (NYSE: THI) is no exception - although in many respects, the company actually IS an exception in terms of "green" guidelines and nutritional yet tasty menu selections.
Doing well while also doing more »
Although "the best part of waking up" used to be a cup of coffee brewed at home, today's on-the-run coffee retailers like Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) are raking in the revenues - even with their seemingly steep prices - so Americans can get their regular coffee fix.
Slow Economy Calls for Coffee - And More!
Even in light of the recently recessionary economy, Starbucks continues to more »
I have a list of another three stocks belonging to the restaurant industry that are reporting on the same day. However, this time, the investing theme is a bit different. Lately, bears have grunted over the Street’s bullish estimates on companies belonging to this sector. Let’s see if the following three stocks belong to the same category or not. If yes, then are the bears’ concerns justified?
BJ more »
Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) is more than just a Wall Street Cinderella story. Its culture, brand, and product excellence continue to win glowing accolades. It made coffee sexy and converted the masses into espresso junkies. Now the company's making a big bet on the potential of expanding Asian markets.
Robust U.S. market
The U.S. continues to be Starbucks' key market, with more than 65% of its revenue coming more »
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