• The Raise of the Working Poor.

    By Eric King - August 29, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, WMT, YUM

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  • The Five Most Expensive CEO Perks in America

    By Paul Hodgson - August 21, 2013 | Tickers: FOLD, ETN, GBL, LVS, MCD, MSI, NOC, TWI, WYNN

    It’s not simple tracking down the five most expensive perquisites. They’re in the Summary Compensation Table (SCT) in a company’s proxy statement but are buried in a category called “All Other Compensation” (AOC). AOC is, as its name suggests, a catch-all for anything that won’t fit into any of the other pay categories defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). For that reason there are more »

  • 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 »

  • Will This Noodle Go the Distance?

    By Victor Lai - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, NDLS, SBUX

    Since its IPO in June, Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) has more than doubled from $18 to over $40.  Some expect Noodles to become the next Chipotle, a restaurant stock that has risen by almost 10 times its offer price. However, taking a closer look at Noodles' fundamentals may lead people to question how much longer this stock's winning streak will last.

    Financial Condition

    Since equity investors are the first more »

  • Big Trouble In Little China: Yum! Brands

    By Michael Tu - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, WEN, YUM

    Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) has been suffering from a series of woes in its most important market, China. Up until this past month, Yum! has been battling fiercely against the tides of bird flu affecting KFC’s sales and a food safety scare. Its KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell brands rely heavily on China’s growing middle class population to generate revenue for the company. With July’s restaurant more »

  • Should You Be Worried That Corporate Earnings Are Slowing Down?

    By Mark Morelli - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: SAM, JNJ, MCD

    Several reports are circulating in the financial media that EPS growth for the S&P 500 member companies is slowing down to a trickle (or even poised for an outright drop) and P/E ratios are getting too high. Some analysts say that by later this year earnings will only grow by single digits.

    Should this concern the average retail investor?

    Not if you invest for the long term and 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 »)

  • The Big Business Of Breakfast

    By Timothy Green - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, MCD, YUM

    Americans spend an estimated $42 billion on breakfast at restaurants each year, makign this a highly lucrative and competitive market. Fast food behemoth McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) has long held an enviable position in this market, with iconic items such as the Egg McMuffin remaining extremely popular for over 40 years. Breaking into the breakfast market in a significant way can be difficult, and many companies have tried and failed 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 »

  • How Arcos Dorados Can Succeed as a Franchisee

    By Will Chavey - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW, TAST, MCD

    A few years ago, amid the pending IPO for McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) franchisee Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO), analysts began to question the franchisee system’s profitability. Some pointed to franchisor advantages, others to the underwhelming history of franchisees. What's more, those concerns have seemingly turned out to be true; shares of Arcos Dorados have struggled tremendously since the IPO. It’s fair to ask: were those criticisms warranted more »

  • Weakness at McDonald’s Might Present an Investment Opportunity

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, WEN

    McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) once ruled the fast-food world. Today, McDonald’s is referred to as a quick-service restaurant, and instead of sitting at the top of a mountain enjoying the views of all the lowly peasant-like companies attempting to compete, it has been forced to make room for others at the top of the mountain. McDonald’s is none too pleased about this chain of events, but it’s more »

  • Has This Fast Food Stock Fallen on Hard Times?

    By Bob Ciura - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, YUM

    Consumer habits change frequently, especially when it comes to food. Fast food is currently suffering a public relations backlash, as many consumers opt for healthier alternatives. Add in questions surrounding a company’s food quality, and you’d think Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) should be avoided at all costs.

    That’s exactly what Yum!, the operator of the KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut brands has had to deal with more »

  • This Looks Like A Yummy Long Term Investment

    By Rajesh Marwah - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, SBUX, YUM

    Yum! Brands’ (NYSE: YUM) investors seem to be a little worried about the company’s future outlook after the fast food giant reported a steeper than anticipated decline in same store sales in China. The American restaurant chain has been struggling in its main market from a long time. It posted a 13% drop in comparable store sales in China for the month of July.

    Concern over the antibiotic level more »

  • Why I'm Buying Starbucks

    By Michael Douglass - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, KKD, MCD, SBUX

    America runs on caffeine, and Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX)) has done a great job of tapping into that need for over a decade. Even though the stock is at all-time highs, now is a great time to get in.

    Accretive investments

    The MyStarbucks Rewards program showed 30% growth year-over-year in the past quarter. The Starbucks Card also continues to impress, with 38% more dollars loaded on Starbucks' cards compared to the more »

  • A Burger Stock You’ll Want in Your Portfolio

    By Ranu Devi - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, WEN

    When it comes to the quick-service restaurant industry, or QSR, two of the big players that come to my mind are McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) and Burger King (NYSE: BKW). However, there is one more company that deserves attention: Wendy’s (NASDAQ: WEN). Wendy's is well known for its best-tasting burgers, salads, and sandwiches. 

    In order to improve its market share, Wendy’s came up with its Image Activation 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 »)

  • 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 »

  • Time to Place an Order: Fast Food Is Delivering

    By Marie Palumbo - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, MCD, WEN, YUM

    Every now and again I like to treat myself to some fast food. Nothing makes me feel more American than eating a burger with fries. While I generally try to limit my caloric intake, I think over the next few months I’m going to splurge on more fast food. Why? Because companies are delivering.

    I’m not talking about 30 minute pizza delivery, or McDelivery; instead, fast food companies more »

  • 3 Dividend Stocks to Consider

    By Michael Ugulini - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, KMB, MCD, RY, TD

    If you’re an income investor, the following three stocks could add some punch to your portfolio. If you’re not, research dividend paying entities such as the three listed below as possible components of a balanced stock portfolio.

    Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB)

    Kimberly-Clark manufactures and markets personal care, consumer tissue, and health care products. What do I like about Kimberly-Clark?

    Recently, Kimberly-Clark’s board declared a regular quarterly dividend of more »

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