Sonic Corp

  • Can One Menu Items Boost These Stocks

    By John Timmes - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: SONC, WEN, YUM

    If you have seen the news recently, you may have heard about Taco Bell's new breakfast product, the waffle taco.  Taco Bell, the fast food chain owned by Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) has been testing a breakfast menu at 850 of its 6,000 US locations.  The waffle taco, first tested in just five Southern California restaurants, quickly became the top selling breakfast menu on the item.  The simple 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 »

  • 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 »

  • What's Cooking at Sonic?

    By Ash Sharma - July 4, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, SONC, WEN

    Sonic Corporation’s (NASDAQ: SONC) stock has gained 40% in the last six months. Its differentiated business model and customer centric “made to order” approach have helped it grow in this period. It has shifted its marketing efforts more towards national level advertising to promote its products and brand across the nation. Its new Point of Sales system along with the incremental revenue from license renewals are expected to drive more »

  • Sonic, McDonald's, or Red Lobster?

    By Alexander Cho - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, MCD, SONC

    Sonic (NASDAQ: SONC) seems to be on solid footing in 2013. The company announced earnings a couple days ago. It has a lot of growth potential when compared to other restaurants.

    Earnings and investment thesis

    The company has been able to increase its earnings per share by 17% on an adjusted basis. This helps to justify the relatively high earnings multiple. The stock currently trades at a 21.8 earnings 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 »

  • America's Drive-In Is the Place to Be

    By Mark Yagalla - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, SONC

    Sonic (NASDAQ: SONC) is known as America's drive-in. The company operates over 3,500 restaurants in 43 states. The restaurant is known for its hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, milkshakes and other Americana fare. It is best known for its food being delivered by carhops, whereby a waiter or waitress brings the food to the car, sometimes on roller skates.

    Latest quarterly results

    For the latest quarter, earnings per more »

  • Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

    By John Timmes - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, SONC, YUM

    As the U.S. economy continues to strengthen, fast food restaurants are slowly starting to show signs of growth.  Many of these quick service companies are offering healthier options to broaden their consumer appeal, and are continuing with aggressive international expansion.

    With international growth opportunities continuing to abound, and a strengthening U.S. economy, we look at three quick service stocks trading at or near 52-week highs to determine if more »

  • Sonic's Cherry-Limeade Induced Sugar Hangover

    By Leo Sun - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, SONC, WEN | Editor's Choice

    Restaurant chain Sonic (NASDAQ: SONC), best known for its iconic drive-ins, recently surprised Wall Street with strong second quarter earnings that spurred the stock to rally nearly 10% on March 26. The company, founded in 1953 as a root beer stand and rebranded as Sonic in 1959, has had an interesting run since its public debut in 1991. The years leading up to the Great Recession were kind to Sonic more »

  • Three Companies That Reported Earnings on Monday: Value or Value Trap?

    By Brian Nichols - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: GMAN, JASO, SONC

    Earnings can be the best period of opportunity in the market, as they often set the trend for the following three months. However, it can also be a trap. Therefore, I am looking at each of the below companies' performance to determine if these reactions are creating value or a value trap.

    An Undervalued High-Risk Stock Gets Crushed After Earnings

    Gordmans Stores (NASDAQ: GMAN) announced earnings on Monday after the more »

  • Multiple Brands Definitely Help Yum! Right Now

    By Eric Novinson - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, PEP, SONC, YUM

    Yum! (NYSE: YUM) may have convinced Chinese diners to come back. After a chicken contamination scandal hit Chinese KFC restaurants hard last quarter Yum! warned that this problem could weigh on the company's results for the entire year. Now, Yum! looks like it might recover from this scandal sooner. And KFC isn't the only thing Yum!'s cooking up. Taco Bell has shaken up its menu, adding a more »

  • Earnings Watch: Valuable Insights on Apollo Group, Dollar General, and Sonic Corp

    By John Macris - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DG, SONC

    As an investor, earnings season provides multiple usages for both opportunity and self-reflection.

    First, earnings season provides a quarterly “report card” for your portfolio. Investors should consider listening to the conference call or reading the call transcript in order to determine if a company's results are consistent with your original investment thesis. Second, earnings season creates unanticipated buying and selling opportunities based on market sentiment and emotion.

    With the more »

  • Multiple Brands Definitely Help Yum! Right Now

    By Eric Novinson - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, PEP, SONC, YUM

    Yum! (NYSE: YUM) may have convinced Chinese diners to come back. After a chicken contamination scandal hit Chinese KFC restaurants hard last quarter Yum! warned that this problem could weigh on the company's results for the entire year. Now, Yum! looks like it might recover from this scandal sooner. And KFC isn't the only thing Yum!'s cooking up. Taco Bell has shaken up its menu, adding a more »

  • Three Future Winners You Should Look At

    By Rupert Hargreaves - March 10, 2013 | Tickers: CTB, CYBX, SONC

    It can be hard to pick future winners. In fact, it is almost impossible to consistently pick small cap stocks that are destined for greatness. However, based on vigorous screening criteria, I have picked three stocks that I believe are destined for greatness, based on their current financial information.

    I have been searching for future winning equities based on the following criteria:

    1. Small market cap. – greater than $300 million but more »
  • Which Fast Food Companies Have Things Twisted?

    By Michael Carter - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: JACK, SONC, WEN


    Peanut butter and jelly, cinnamon and sugar, honey and ham, chicken and rice, spaghetti and meatballs, peas and carrots – these are some of the classic food pairings that just work well.  When it comes to fast food, there are some combinations that you just shouldn’t change, while every once in a while there is that one idea that revolutionizes not only the company, but the entire fast food industry more »

  • Full Circle on Fast Food

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, SONC, WEN

    The very first stock I ever blogged about was McDonald's ) and it's time to revisit it before earnings on January 22. McDonald's was a dog in 2012. No two ways about it. It was the stellar performer in 2011 and then CEO Jim Skinner retired and worldwide revenues slowed for the first time since 2003.

    Despite worldwide brand awareness McDonald's still has competitors enjoying more bullish more »

  • Fast-Food Stocks Can Bring Fast Profits

    By Nate Wooley - January 12, 2013 | Tickers: PNRA, SONC, SBUX, YUM

    Restaurant stocks are interesting. Sometimes I blow hot on them and sometimes cold. Just yesterday I was sitting with my family at a fast-food place in Summerville, SC and in the booth behind me the manager was interviewing a series of folks in their early 20s for positions. She (the manager) went on about what the job would entail and so forth, but mostly I focused on how much she more »

  • Earnings Preview for January 3-4, 2013

    By John Macris - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: FDO, SONC, FINL, MOS

    I’d like to open this piece by wishing readers a healthy and prosperous New Year.

    Despite a holiday-shortened week, with the markets closed on January 1, there are multiple earnings reports on Thursday, January 3, and Friday, January 4. Here are the companies I’ll be following in coming days and my expectations for each.

    Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO) This discount retailer of household goods will report first more »

  • Here’s One Insider That’s Bullish on Wendy’s

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - September 7, 2012 | Tickers: JACK, MCD, SONC, WEN, YUM

    Wednesday morning’s SEC Form 4 filings detail the insider transactions of A. Scott Weisberg, the Chief People Officer at Wendy’s  (NASDAQ: WEN). On this date, September 5th, Mr. Weisberg purchased 20,000 shares of WEN worth more than $80,000. The buys, which were made at an average purchase price of $4.32, increased Mr. Weisberg’s total holdings in his company by a factor of sixty more »

  • Buyers Beware: Two Large Caps With Growing Short Interest

    By Soroush Pour - August 30, 2012 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, MCD, SONC, YUM

    In the wide world of investment analysis, there are dozens of methods that can be used to determine the attractiveness of a particular stock. Indicators like trading volume, price volatility, and valuation metrics are some of the most popular (read here for more info); though we’re here to tell you that short selling activity should be on your radar as well.  In layman’s terms, a stock’s short more »

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