• This Money Transfer Firm Looks Set On Growth Track

    By Rahul Jaiswal - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, MGI, SBUX, WMT, WU, XOOM

    Moneygram International Inc (NASDAQ: MGI) is the second largest provider of money-transfer services after The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU). The Dallas based firm primarily caters to people without bank accounts and the customers mainly includes foreign workers remitting cash home.

    Started as a small company in 1940, MoneyGram now has twice the number of locations than McDonald's Corp (NYSE: MCD), Starbucks Corp (NASDAQ: SBUX), Subway and Wal-Mart Stores more »

  • Wage Demands Could Hurt This Restaurant Industry Leader

    By Reuben Brewer - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, DRI, MCD

    Employees of fast food companies, including McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) and Burger King (NYSE: BKW) are striking in demand of higher wages. If these demands lead to increased pay, these companies won't take a direct hit. Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI), however, won't be so lucky.


    The fast food industry is built on the franchise model. The franchisee takes on the operating risk and has to pay most more »

  • The Best Bet Among the Hamburger Chains

    By Mark Yagalla - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, WEN

    The fast-food sector is one of my favorite sectors. The concept has been proven time and gain to be a long-term winner. An added bonus is the franchise model that delivers low overhead, high margins and steady cash flow. My favorite company in the fast-food category right now is Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN)


    Wendy's is the world's third-largest hamburger chain. There are more than 6,500 locations more »

  • Dunkin' Is on the Rise

    By Eshna De - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, MCD, SBUX

    Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) is the parent of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, two well-loved chains in the US and in many other parts of the world. The company is performing well as reflected in its second quarter results and has embarked on an aggressive expansion plan. It is keeping the excitement alive with constant product news and a new store layout called “Fresh Brew.”   

    Quarter Results

    During the second quarter more »

  • A Formula You Can Profit From

    By Marie Palumbo - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MCD, LUV, DIS

    Warren Buffet once said, “Beware of geeks bearing formulas.” Despite the oracle’s sage advice, there is one formula every investor should know. It’s very simple. Even Warren would agree: it’s so easy a caveman could do it. Here it is:

    Profit = Revenue – Costs

    Profit can be broken down into revenues and costs. A company can either raise profit by increasing revenues, or by decreasing costs.


    The more »

  • McDonald’s Same Store Sales Rises Despite Economic Weaknesses

    By Rahul Chattaraj - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, WEN, YUM

    McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) saw better-than-expected global sales rise of 0.7% at outlets which were open for at least 13 months. The overall modest growth came from its strong sales in the US which helped the fast food restaurant chain offset the declining figures in Europe and Asia. The world's biggest hamburger chain is working hard to draw more customers by adding new items to its menu, but more »

  • Predicting the Future.. With Coffee?

    By Ryan Gilbert - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, SBUX

    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) had a killer third quarter earnings report. It surprised analyst expectations, as the company's revenue rose by 13% due to strategic growth in China, as well as moderate expansion in Europe. Can we leverage this data in other useful ways, though? Yes, we can--in fact, we can use this data to predict the future of a similar company: McDonald's (NYSE: MCD).

    The two companies have more »

  • McDonald's and Burger King Due for a Comeback

    By Alexander Cho - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, SPG, BK, MAC, WFC

    Some have speculated as to whether restaurants are able to grow at faster rates in the United States, some debate the quality of the eating experience, or changes in customer preference. However, I think that it’s a premature idea to think that because certain fast-food chains aren’t growing at the rates we want them to, that they’re somehow doing something wrong.

    McDonald’s and Burger King

    I more »

  • Burger Stock You’ll Want in Your Portfolio

    By Ranu Devi - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, WEN

    When it comes to the quick-service restaurant industry, or QSR, of the big players that come to mind are McDonalds (NYSE: MCD) and Burger King Worldwide (NYSE: BKW). However, there is another company that deserves attention: The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN). In its earlier years, Wendy's was known for its best-tasting burgers, salads, and sandwiches. However, over the past years, it has seen a growth decline because of more »

  • Three Tasty Companies for Your Portfolio

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, MCD, SBUX

    Investing in restaurants is not very different from choosing a place to eat--at the end of the day, the right decision depends on your personal taste. There are some objective measures of value, quality and growth to consider, and investors should pay close attention to these factors when analyzing investment alternatives. However, keeping these characteristics in mind, investment decisions need to be made in accordance with each investor´s targets more »

  • This Stock Deserves a Place in Your Portfolio

    By Ayush Singh - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    The negative impact of avian flu and the horse meat scandal, along with the stringent economic conditions, has taken its toll on nearly every fast-food retailer, but the quarterly results of Burger King Worldwide (NYSE: BKW) indicate that it somehow managed to dodge the problems. Even though Burger King’s revenue dipped significantly, the company managed to increase its net profit and beat the consensus estimates.

    How did Burger King more »

  • Starbucks Brewing Great Returns for Investors

    By Zain Raza - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, MCD, SBUX

    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), apart from its perfect coffee and food, gives me more reasons to love it; the coffeehouse chain sells an experience which keeps bringing its customers back. Meanwhile, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) also introduced its coffee line at its outlets in the US, which includes cappuccinos and lattes, with smoothies and ice-blended frappes in the line as well, which at times are a disappointment for me due to more »

  • Fast Food: 3 Picks

    By Louie Grint - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, MCD, YUM

    Competition among fast-food restaurants appears to be on the rise, with chains trying to increasingly differentiate themselves on the basis of price and product. On the other hand, factors such as changing eating habits in addition to volatile energy, food and labor costs could affect profitability. Moreover, most of these chains mainly operate through franchisees and restrictive credit markets could have a negative effect in the business.

    Impressive performance

    Domino more »

  • Starbucks Is Still a Good Deal

    By Amal Singh - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, MCD, SBUX

    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX), the marketer, retailer and roaster of specialty beverages worldwide, recently released its third-quarter results. Performance affirmed remarkable growth in sales including an increase in revenue as compared to the previous year. 

    The improvement in performance was due to the fact that the company employs robust strategies to grow its business and has a strong management team, while continually increasing its footprint globally. An expansion strategies in China more »

  • Starbucks Is a Safe Haven for Investors

    By Eshna De - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, MCD, SBUX

    Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) knows what it is doing. The excellent third-quarter performance is a testimony to that. The company has several ongoing initiatives from evolving its menu offerings to developing new channels and brands to scaling up its digital presence, and much more.

    Fantastic numbers

    Starbucks grew its net earnings by over 25% to $417.8 million, or $0.55 per share. This beat analysts' expectations of $0.53 per more »

  • Why You Should Open a Roth IRA, and 3 Stocks to Fill it With

    By Bob Ciura - August 3, 2013 | Tickers: T, LMT, MCD

    One of the best means to accomplishing long-term financial success remains the Roth IRA, which is unfortunately too often under-utilized by the public.

    Quite simply, the Roth IRA is a fantastic way to produce completely tax-free returns until retirement. Investors trying to simultaneously sock away more money for retirement and escape Uncle Sam’s greedy hands would do themselves a huge service by opening a Roth IRA.

    And, since Foolish more »

  • 3 Stocks To Own In Any Market

    By Chris Johnson - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, HD, MCD

    As the stock market exceeds it's all-time highs set just a couple months ago, many equities are at the forefront of a seemingly endless rally. For investors that have been lucky enough to participate in this rally, it's been a wonderful time full of green numbers and worry-less asset allocation, but like all good things, this rally must come to an end, and with much certainty, many investments more »

  • Recession hits at different levels: The food industry

    By Vanina Egea - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, MCD

    The recent economic recession forced many restaurants to close their doors. Others took refuge on price hikes, while yet others focused on internal efficiency. Let us take a look at future prospects for full-service restaurant Darden (NYSE: DRI), international operator Brinker (NYSE: EAT),  and fast-food giant McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) , to discern what their strategy is, and what the future holds for them.

    Known tastes for profits

    Headquartered in Oak more »

  • 4 Reasons This Stock Will Make You “Big Bucks”

    By Marie Palumbo - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: BBW, GMCR, MCD, PNRA, SBUX

    Caffeine can be addictive. But this isn’t one of the reasons to load up on Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) shares. Here are four reasons why Starbucks will make you “big bucks.”

    1. Accomplished CEO

    Earlier this week Starbucks president and CEO, Howard Schultz, was honored with the 2013 Kellogg Award for Distinguished Leadership. The press release notes he was selected in recognition for his “entrepreneurial spirit and transformation of Starbucks more »

  • 3 Dow Companies to Buy

    By Jayson Derrick - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, KO, MCD

    Dow corporations are among the most recognizable companies in the world, and certain companies within the index can provide investors with superior returns. There are three companies within the index that I am following closely and investors should consider buying.

    Earnings were a slight bump in the road

    Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) recently announced 2Q13 results which were perceived as weak. While EPS did reach the $0.63 consensus, the underlying more »

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