The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.

  • You Should Consider Buying One of These Restaurants

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, TXRH, CAKE

    With food costs set to soar by 3%-5% this year, restaurants that are able to lower expenses or drive up prices without losing customer will come out on top. The relatively low barriers to entry in the industry put pressure on these companies to price their menu items attractively, something that can be hard to do with the current food-cost woes.

    Texas Roundhouse faces pressure from rising beef prices more »

  • Investing in Everlasting Trends

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, SYY, CAKE

    People won't stop eating. It's that simple. That's part of what makes McDonald's such a great investment. However, I like to look to lesser known names to find value. Sysco (NYSE: SYY) is one of those names.
     
    The company is one of the largest distributors of food products for the food-away-from-home industry. As the economy rebounds, so too should the dining-out market, a positive for Sysco more »
  • The Cheesecake Factory: A Tasty Investment

    By Adrian Campos - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, KKD, CAKE

    The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE) is up 27% since early January, yet this could be only the beginning: even tastier returns for Cheesecake Factory's shareholders could be on their way. With humble origins, this company that started in 1978 with one restaurant in Beverly Hills (and opened its fourth restaurant only by 1990),  the company now operates more than 170 restaurants and has plenty of room for growth nationally more »

  • Add Flavor to Your Portfolio With These Stocks

    By Gayron Wainwright - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DIN, CAKE

    Under the circumstances of low consumer confidence, customer allegiance threatens restaurants continually. According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), “on average, repeat customers represent sales of 71 percent of quick service, 68 percent of fast casual, 64 of casual dining, 63 percent family dining and 51 percent of fine-dining restaurants.”

     

    Source: National Restaurant Association, July 29, 2013

    The chart shows the restaurant industry maintaining a 47% share of the food more »

  • What Happens When These Growth Stories Stop?

    By Jon Quast - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: BJRI, CMG, PNRA, CAKE | Editor's Choice

    Over the past several years, we have witnessed some explosive growth stories unfolding in the restaurant sector. A handful of restaurants are crushing the market.

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    These restaurants are growing by expanding their chains faster than many competitors. Yet this growth causes investors to wonder: "When will these chains stop expanding, and what happens when they do?"

    Past growth

    To fully appreciate the growth, we need to more »

  • Can You Have Your Cake and Profit Too?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, CAKE

    The short position on The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE) continues to increase and it now stands at 13.30% of float. This lofty number might not make sense to the average investor considering the company’s margins are good and revenue is growing. And those aren’t the only positives. Management is also obsessed with finding ways to cut costs, which is a good sign as it leads to improved more »

  • Which of These Stocks Will Help You Profit the Most?

    By Louie Grint - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: KKD, PNRA, CAKE

    The fast-casual restaurant industry’s outlook is not highly positive. Same-store sales are projected to grow in low single digits this year, showing a still sluggish U.S. economy. Many analysts project slower traffic for casual dining restaurants, especially during weekdays. However, bakery-cafes will be less affected since they aim at higher-income families and their pricing maintains good margin levels.

    I will comment on three bakery-cafes to determine which one more »

  • Turing the “Risk-On” Switch Off

    By Michael Mandala - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: ACT, BAMXF, CAKE

    Today's investing environment is one that forces decisions to be made and, consequently, many errors.  In so many cases, investors take an emotional approach to their portfolio, resulting in impaired profit-taking or riding the bull to the bear without letting go. Additionally, I've witnessed many astute men and women rely on countless research reports just to buy a stock and stay up all night worrying about it.  

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  • Cheesecake Factory Is a Delicious Pick

    By Anh HOANG - July 6, 2013 | Tickers: DNKN, KKD, CAKE

    Since 2009, The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE) has been rising, climbing from around $7.15 per share in March 2009 to nearly $42.40 per share at the time of writing. In the past six months, it rose by more than 29.5%, outperforming the S&P 500’s return of only nearly 13.2%. Investment gurus Steven Cohen and Chuck Royce have accumulated this company’s shares, owning nearly more »

  • Dig in to This "Penny" Stock: A SWOT Analysis

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, CAKE

    Upscale casual dining restaurant Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE) has been whetting investors' appetites recently with a gain of 30.82% this last year.

    The Cheesecake Factory is known to many as the workplace of Big Bang Theory's Penny where she waits tables in Pasadena until her big break in Hollywood.

    Of interest is that general managers get a new BMW lease every three years. Maybe Penny should try for more »

  • Should You Have a Fling at These Restaurant Stocks?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: BLMN, EAT, DRI, DFRG, CAKE

    Once again, Ashley Madison, the extramarital dating site, has delved deep into the psyche of 42,890 of its cheating members and discovered their favorite trysting eateries.

    Number one trysting place was privately held Morton's Steakhouse.  But coming close were casual dining chains: Fleming's Steakhouse and Outback Steakhouse, owned by Bloomin' Brands (NASDAQ: BLMN), Del Frisco's Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: DFRG) Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE)),  Red Lobster, owned more »

  • How to Make Money From Investing in Restaurants

    By Alexander Cho - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, MCD, CAKE

    Darden Restaurants' (NYSE: DRI) promotion-driven strategy certainly gave a face lift to customers as it increased the amount of sales. The promotions have had a negative impact on the company's bottom line. Going forward, investors have to be watchful of the company's business strategy.

    Earnings highlights

    The company was able to grow same-restaurant sales across all of its franchises. The growth in same-restaurant sales was partially driven by more »

  • 3 Stocks You Would Want to Take on a Date

    By Alexander Cho - June 15, 2013 | Tickers: LTD, CAKE, DIS

    So, here are the three stocks you would take on a date. The practicality of these three companies will come through in my perfect date guide. Now, a man must know how to make his lady happy, so I have identified where to shop, where to eat, and what to watch. The answer to these three questions can be summarized with Victoria’s Secret, Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), and The more »

  • What restaurant chain will be next to deploy the kitchen of the future?

    By DJ Krieger - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: BLMN, EAT, DRI, MIDD, RT, CAKE

    In the beginning, there was the griddle.

    And the fryer. And the charbroiler, of course.

    The chef standing over the griddle monitored the burgers or the eggs. The chef standing over the charbroiler monitored the chicken or the steak. The chef standing over the fryer shook up the fries and onion rings.

    This is basically how American restaurants have operated for a long time. Until Middleby (NASDAQ: MIDD) decided to more »

  • The Most Efficient Restaurant Wins the Day

    By Ted Cooper - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, CAKE

    With the restaurant industry in a cyclical downturn, investors have moved their attention to more promising sectors of the economy. However, even amid an intensely promotional operating environment, some casual dining chains are making important improvements in efficiency that will pay off when the industry hits a cyclical upturn.

    Efficiency is king

    Operating a restaurant is similar to operating a retail storefront. Toy stores sell toys, bookstores sell books, and more »

  • The Most Efficient Restaurant Wins the Day

    By Ted Cooper - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, CAKE

    With the restaurant industry in a cyclical downturn, investors have moved their attention to more promising sectors of the economy. However, even amid an intensely promotional operating environment, some casual dining chains are making important improvements in efficiency that will pay off when the industry hits a cyclical upturn.

    Efficiency is king

    Operating a restaurant is similar to operating a retail storefront. Toy stores sell toys, bookstores sell books, and more »

  • The Most Efficient Restaurant Wins the Day

    By Ted Cooper - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, CAKE

    With the restaurant industry in a cyclical downturn, investors have moved their attention to more promising sectors of the economy. However, even amid an intensely promotional operating environment, some casual dining chains are making important improvements in efficiency that will pay off when the industry hits a cyclical upturn.

    Efficiency is king

    Operating a restaurant is similar to operating a retail storefront. Toy stores sell toys, bookstores sell books, and more »

  • Dividend Payers With No Debt

    By Reuben Brewer - April 1, 2013 | Tickers: GME, NTRI, CAKE

    The quickest way to go bankrupt is to have too much debt on the balance sheet. As an income investor, one way to protect yourself from that risk is to focus on companies with low leverage. Taking it to the extreme, Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE), NutriSystem (NASDAQ: NTRI), and GameStop (NYSE: GME) all pay dividends and have no debt.

    Debt

    Financial leverage can be a powerful tool, allowing companies to more »

  • Reading the Tea Leaves: Conviction with Large Insider Buying

    By John Macris - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: LOGM, MUR, CAKE

    With the broader indices continuing to reach new multi-year highs here in March, bulls and bears alike are providing an abundance of opinions on where the market is heading next. The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached three successive all-time highs during the week of March 4, and the S&P 500 is approaching multi-year highs as well.

    Truth be told, timing the market is a difficult task, and one that more »

  • Billionaire Ken Griffin Buffs Up on Buffalo Wild Wings

    By Marshall Hargrave - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, BWLD, DRI, TXRH, CAKE

    Billionaire Ken Griffin of Citadel Advisors now owns over 959 thousand Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) shares, an increase of over 275% from the 254 thousand they owned at the end of 2012. That's 5.1% of Buffalo's outstanding shares. Should we be following Griffin into Buffalo? I think so.
     
    Griffin began trading stock options from his dorm room in 1986, and by his sophomore year he had more »
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