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  • The Raise of the Working Poor.

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

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  • Is This Premium Burger Chain Worth The Price?

    By Timothy Green - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: PNRA, RRGB, YUM

    The burger is a mainstay of the American cuisine, and competition between the companies selling them is fierce. I classify burger restaurants in three categories: cheap fast food, mid-range, and premium. The cheap fast food category is comprised of companies like McDonalds and Wendy's, with dollar menus and lower-quality ingredients. The mid-range category is a step up from fast food, with companies like privately-held Five Guys able to charge 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Too Late to Back Up the Food Truck on This Stock?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, CHUY, YUM

    Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) stock has recovered nicely from several quarters of post-earnings drops both deep and brutal. The main concern was that its  former Ghost Pepper hot rate of growth (rated at 1 million Scoville heat units and the hottest pepper) had turned into a mild jalapeno rate of hotness (2,500 SHUs). Still hot but definitely not searing.

    It is a favorite of my college student daughter more »

  • 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 »

  • This Growth Story Has 3 Big Problems

    By Chad Henage - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BWLD, CMG, PNRA, YUM

    I’ve admittedly been a skeptic of Chipotle (NYSE: CMG) over the last year or so. The company has given shareholders quite the ride as shares have both risen and fallen based on how the current quarter’s results were perceived. I would argue that Chipotle is probably one of the easiest businesses to understand, yet the stock is a bit of a mystery. The company shows strength in a 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Pizza Is Delicious for Consumers and Investors Alike

    By Anh HOANG - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, PZZA, YUM

    In the past five years, Papa John’s International (NASDAQ: PZZA) has been on the rise, climbing from around $28 per share to $70 per share. This has resulted in a sweet annualized return of more than 20.1%, handily beating the S&P 500’s gain of only around 6% during the same period. Famous investor,s including Steven Cohen and Paul Tudor Jones, sold out their stakes in more »

  • Add Some Spice to Your Portfolio With This Eatery

    By Rohit Gupta - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, WEN, YUM

    The U.S. economic recovery is expected to increase U.S. restaurants’ revenue to $660 billion in 2013, which is a 3.8% increase from 2012 . As customers have more disposable income, they tend to spend more on dining in restaurants. To capitalize on this opportunity and draw in customers, restaurant companies are upgrading their menus and remodeling their restaurants.

    While analyzing the restaurant industry I came across Brinker International more »

  • Yum! Brands: A Global Growth Story

    By Jayson Derrick - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, SBUX, YUM

    Investors have lost focus on just how profitable and how valuable Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) growth prospects truly are despite the 2013 profitability setbacks and scandals in China, the company's most important market.  By 2015, the company hopes to earn 75% of profit from their global operations, giving investors a unique opportunity to benefit.

    China’s short term and long term outlook

    I believe the company will recover from more »

  • This QSR Could Continue To Soar

    By Piyush Arora - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, YUM

    I don’t think that the investing community needs an introduction to Chipotle (NYSE: CMG). From operating with just one outlet 1993, to having over 1,500 stores in 2013, its rise has been nothing short of meteoric. However, now that shares of Chipotle have risen by nearly 840% since its IPO in 2006, its trailing P/E of 43x seems pretty high. But even with its currently high valuations more »

  • 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 »

  • Fast Profits in Fast Casual

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, YUM

    The fast-casual industry has grown gangbusters over the past couple of years and for good reason. Many consumers are trading down, decreasing their time spent at casual-dining restaurants and increasing time at fast-food and fast-casual dining restaurants.

    I have to admit, that since the likes of Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), I rarely spend time at the fast-food joints. Even though both of these stocks more »
  • Place An Order And Earn Delicious Returns!

    By usha patodia - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DPZ, PZZA, YUM

    The world’s second largest pizza chain-Domino’s (NYSE: DPZ) recently announced an impressive 2nd quarter earnings report. The company reported an 18% year over year advancement in its earnings-citing domestic and international same store sales growth. Domestic same-store sales increased by 6.7%, while international sales grew by 5.8%. The company reported a quarterly revenue of $414 million versus $376 million earned in fiscal year 2012 more »

  • Searching for Earnings Growth?

    By Art Crabtree - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, PNRA, YUM

    Of the three restaurant chains; Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA), and YUM! Brands (NYSE: YUM); which one has the better future earnings prospects? Earning season is almost over and only 66% of the S&P companies beat expectations on the bottom line (earnings) and only 55% beat expectations on the top line (revenue). However, if you strip out the financial sector from the S&P 500 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 »

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