Jack in the Box

  • 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 »)

  • Are These 3 Hot Restaurant Stocks Worth a Bite?

    By Mark Holder - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CHUY, JACK, NDLS

    Investing in restaurant stocks can be a simple yet frustrating pursuit. The theory of developing a successful concept that can easily be duplicated across the country from a regional to national play is easier said than done. While a good plan in theory, restaurants can quickly come in and out of favor making very few successful of making the trek from a strong regional play to a truly national company 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.

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  • Greasing the Wheels of Fast Food Commerce

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, JACK, WEN

    Agoraphobic fast food junkies rejoice! Burger King Worldwide (NYSE: BKW) now delivers fast food to your home. Already in twelve major metropolitan regions, the BK Delivers initiative is expanding yet again to Salt Lake City UT.

    The program seems to be gaining traction with this expansion, and franchisees, (Burger King is 99% franchisee run) have been asking to join the program. The couch potato can order crisp french fried potatoes more »

  • Chipotle Is Reaching for New Heights

    By Gaurav Basu - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK, YUM

    Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) just celebrated its 20th birthday. What started as a small Mexican food joint two decades ago is now a national food chain with over 1,500 restaurants and a company with a market capitalization of more than $12 billion. 

    Chipotle has been a market out-performer all along. It is trading at 30.9 times its forward earnings and showing no signs of slowing.  It more »

  • Is This Quick Service Restaurant a Good Investment?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, JACK, YUM

    Earlier in July, Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) released its results for the second quarter of its fiscal year. As the restaurant company (whose concepts include Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC) shifted its store composition more towards franchises, lower costs did not successfully offset reduced revenue and as a result, earnings decreased 15% versus a year earlier. This resulted in profits being over 20% lower in the first six months more »

  • Can These Quick-Service Restaurant Chains Serve Long-Term Profits?

    By Brian Hill - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, JACK, MCD, SONC, SBUX

    Avid consumers of burgers and fries may call them fast-food joints, but the industry prefers the term "quick service restaurant," or QSR. In its January 2013 edition, trade publication QSR magazine predicted trends for 2013 including continued economic headwinds -- although the National Restaurant Association expects that the quick-service sector will grow faster than the industry as a whole. 

    When we review the results for three prominent quick service chains, you more »

  • 1 Vital Clue in the Hunt for the Next 18-Bagger

    By HL Chin - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK

    Fast-casual restaurateur Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) has delivered an 18-bagger return since 2006. What's more, this incredibly delicious return has been backed by sustained growth over that period. That said, as desirable as it sounds, you should always look beyond the returns -- and focus on how it sustains its hiring of good people to run its growing business. With it, you may just get that vital clue you more »

  • Chipotle and Panera vs. Fast Food

    By Joel Wasserman - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK, PNRA

    Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) has been known for its incredible growth since the company went public in 2008. Last year, the stock peaked at above $400 before missing estimates and crashing down to $233. As of now, the shares are marching back up, currently at $386.

    Chipotle has increased revenue by over 20% in each of the last three years and is trading at 41 times earnings. Usually it more »

  • A Yummier Investment than Jack?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK, YUM

    Jack in the Box's (NASDAQ: JACK) stock has gone up more than 100% over the past three years, yet revenue has declined four years in a row. Jack delivered profits in each of the past four years, but overall, its EPS trend is down.

    A fickle consumer is the biggest reason for its revenue decline and high commodity costs have helped to hurt its bottom line.  Strategic moves have more »

  • Fast-Casual Part 2: One to Own

    By Michael Douglass - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, FRGI, JACK

    The fast-casual concept has proven itself with a few big winners, particularly Five Guys, Chipotle, and Panera. This article is for those of us who did not jump on the fast-casual investing train early (me included). We missed out on the initial gains; where should we put our money? This is the second in a two-article series (the first can be seen here). Today, I will be looking at the more »

  • 2 Fast Food Chains to Avoid and 1 to Buy

    By Bob Ciura - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: JACK, MCD, SONC

    Fast food is big business in the United States. The seemingly saturated market is filled with publicly traded stocks for investors to choose from. While many fast food chains might seem identical on the surface, not all companies are thriving.

    In light of this, it’s crucial for investors to separate the wheat from the chaff when considering the major fast food chains. Here’s two to stay away from more »

  • Why You Should Own This Fast Food Chain

    By Ted Cooper - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: JACK, MCD, WEN

    The recent volatility in the stock market has spooked many investors. With a scale-down of the Federal Reserve's unprecedented quantitative easing program in the works, some market participants are concerned that the economy will fall back into recession.

    Luckily for long-term investors, there is a special set of businesses that continue to earn stable cash flows no matter what the economic environment looks like. One such company, McDonald's more »

  • Does Jack Know Qdoba?

    By Mark Holder - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK, MCD, WEN

    Recently Jack in the Box  (NASDAQ: JACK) disclosed that it would close 67 Qdoba stores for a cost of $40 million in impairment and severance charges. With a turnaround at the Jack in the Box concept, one has to wonder if management knows how to operate Qdoba.

    The company operates and franchises Jack In the Box restaurants with more than 2,250 restaurants in 21 states. Additionally, the company operates more »

  • Should Investors Be Hungry For These Restaurant Stocks?

    By Jayson Derrick - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK, PNRA

    There are tons of choices when it comes to dining out, but when it comes to investing the available options are not necessarily tasty. The restaurant industry, particularly the fast food chains face stiff competition, exposure to commodity and forex risks as well as shifts in consumer taste. These are some of the restaurant chains that investors should either buy or sell.

    Closing 67 locations not a good sign

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  • Will Late-Night Cravings Boost Falling Profits?

    By John Casteele - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: JACK, MCD, WEN

    The fast food industry has been suffering as of late. When the economy took a dive, people started looking for ways to save money and one thing that took a major cut was grabbing a burger or sandwich from a local fast food place. Add to that the rising popularity of "fast casual" restaurants that offer better-quality food in a similar time frame and several fast food chains have been more »

  • What Will Boost Growth of This Food Retailer?

    By Gaurav Basu - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK, PNRA

    It is true that Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) is keeping market watchers busy speculating whether its growth story is slowing. The rise in food inflation, modest same store sales growth and growing competitive pressures are raising questions on the company’s premium valuation.

    But my take is that there is still upside left for Chipotle. The company has enough room to grow sales by tapping more markets at home more »

  • Catering Service And Increased Marketing Will Drive Growth For This Restaurant Company

    By Ash Sharma - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, JACK, PNRA

    Chipotle Mexican Grill's (NYSE: CMG) stock price has outperformed the broader markets in the last month. The key catalyst for this performance was better-than-expected results. Chipotle reported EPS of $2.45 in 1Q13, which was $0.32 more than consensus estimates. Chipotle also showed YOY sales growth of 13.45% in 1Q13. The company opened 48 new stores in the quarter. Chipotle's focus is on serving high quality more »

  • Hedge Fund Blue Harbour’s Top Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: CACI, CHS, IGTE, JACK, BIN

    Blue Harbour has primarily invested in activist situations since its founding in 2004, and recently launched a long-only fund in order to expand its investor base in that strategy. Its flagship fund--which often takes short positions, running afoul of some institutional investors’ requirements--has over $1 billion under management and outperformed the S&P 500 in 2012. The fund was founded by a former partner at private equity giant KKR, Clifton more »

  • These Companies Have Valuable Subsidiaries and Few People Realize It

    By Sam Mattera - May 7, 2013 | Tickers: GPS, JACK, TWX, YHOO

    Sometimes, there’s more to a company than what meets the eye. Although investors frequently equate the value of company’s stock to its core business, there are many cases when large companies are in possession of highly valuable subsidiaries.

    Frequently, these stocks will trade at a discount, as the market fails to fully price-in the value of their subsidiaries. In time, however, the market may come to value the more »

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