Shares of Burger King Worldwide (NYSE: BKW) have had an amazing year so far.
In the past 12 months, their price increased almost 40%, making this stock the best performing fast food & franchise model investment. The amazing rally has caused Burger King's market capitalization to reached $7.37 billion, but this valuation may be too high to be sustainable. To begin with, Burger King's current P/E Ratio more »
This past spring brought challenges to the restaurant industry. In May, it seems the industry has turned a corner. With sales growth reports coming in for a few companies, there are some great opportunities ahead for investors.
The major player in the industry
Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) has chalked out an aggressive growth plan. The company, which owns popular chains like KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, has been making investors nervous of late as it ran into a series of troubles in its biggest market, China. But now, things seem to be getting better in the Middle Kingdom and in the backdrop of improving overall outlook, Yum! has announced big global plans more »
McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) and others of the fast-food ilk certainly get a potato sack full of jibes directed their way from various special interest groups - but who cares? They're good at what they do. If some people don't like their food - they don't have to go there.That being said, it's time everyone faces it - McDonald's is here to stay. Therefore, here are a more »
The U.S. restaurant industry has been very competitive. The outlook for the restaurant industry for the rest of the year is positive-primarily because of an increase in the same store sales of the players in this industry and stable food inflation. According to a report by the U.S. department of Agriculture, the food inflation is expected to be around 2.5-3.5% in 2013, declining from the more »
Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) is the largest system of fast food restaurants in the world by number of locations, with over 39,000 stores either operated or franchised. Despite concerns about the company’s ability to grow in China, a big part of Yum’s growth strategy, shares are still hovering around their 52-week (and all-time) highs. Is this company headed for a pullback, or is all of the negative more »
Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) is recovering from the bird flu and continues to expand in China. Yum! Brands, a quick-service restaurant company with 38,000 locations in more than 120 countries, has three strong global brands, including KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. With its improving sales number, the bird flu effect starts to ease.
Bird flu update
Domino’s (NYSE: DPZ) is looking for growth options outside the domestic market, and international growth is included in its plans. The online and mobile platform, with various apps to make effective use of the latest multimedia technology, is important for the future. The nation-wide promotion of pan pizza was one of the factors behind the 5.2% comps growth last quarter, and consequently the company is increasing its advertising more »
As consumers continue to struggle to make ends meet, eating out has become less of a priority. As a result, major fast food operators have shown less than stellar year over year sales and tepid earnings forecasts. Nonetheless, as the economy gradually ekes its way out of the “Great Recession” and the employment situation slowly improves, these stocks below look to be great beneficiaries.
Should we take a bite of more »
McDonald´s (NYSE: MCD) may not be the most exciting growth story in the markets today, but that´s precisely what makes it a smart bet for dividend investors looking for attractive returns while still being able to sleep smoothly at night. Slow and steady wins the race, and McDonald´s looks like a winning dividend champion.
McDonald´s is the unquestionable leader in the global fast food more »
The stock market is on fire. Stocks have risen more than two times in price since the bull market started, in 2009. Still, now is not the time to cash out. Rather, it's time to get defensive.
Income investments, like dividend paying stocks, give investors much needed safety right now. That’s because income payers typically don't fall as far in down markets. So, in addition to income more »
McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has been radically overhauling its menu in recent weeks. After teasing the possibility of 24-hour breakfast, the fast food chain has begun to offer a few breakfast items after midnight.
Meanwhile, McDonald’s has added several new items to its menu, while at the same time getting rid of others.
But why? What are investors to make of the company's food shakeup?
McDonald’s looming more »
When I'm looking for investment ideas, I like secular themes. Big ideas that give me the confidence to hold on during the occasional market panics.
And it doesn't get any bigger than China.
Between 2000 and 2010, China's gross domestic product, or GDP, grew at an astounding 10% annually.
According to estimates provided by the World Bank, China's GDP is expected to grow at a high more »
All businesses constantly engage in a type of warfare against competition, product obsolescence, and negative perceptions. With that being said, looking at pizza restaurant chain Papa John’s International (NASDAQ: PZZA) from the perspective of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats will give you a good idea of the company’s investment merits.
NFL partnership – Papa John’s is in a partnership with the National Football League. The popularity of more »
For years, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) has taken heat for selling allegedly nutritionally deficient food. But instead of going to battle each and every time it's criticized, McDonald's should stop touting the health benefits of its food, acknowledge that some of the items on its menu are not healthy, and even take advantage of diners' demand for unusual, uber-unhealthy cuisine
The Guilty Pleasure
Sweet tea, biscuits, and fried everything are all staples of good old southern cooking. There are many fast food restaurants that have taken up this style of cooking as a business, and among those fryers is Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. Owned by AFC Enterprises (NASDAQ: AFCE), Popeye’s opened in 1972 and specializes in spicy, New Orleans style chicken which, in my personal opinion, is delicious. But, Popeye’s has more »
Established quick-food brands have been successful around the globe and promise to keep delivering growth as the world’s population becomes younger, more concentrated in cities and holds larger amounts of discretionary income. Wendy’s (NASDAQ: WEN), Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) and Tim Hortons (NYSE: THI) are three of these big companies in the restaurant business with fairly large moats that could be interesting investment opportunities. Let’s take a more »
Why is anyone surprised when yet another photo of a fast food employee licking or stepping on the food (or worse) surfaces on the internet. These sensational and all too frequent fast food headlines are making some good companies' stocks pretty hard to stomach. Warning: some of the links are hard to take.
Hard to stomach headline risk
Having worked in restaurants, I know how grueling it can be. But more »
The recent wave of panic selling may continue over the short-term.
Investors have been able to do well in an environment of declining bond coupon values. Generally speaking, investors are rotating out of low risk securities and have been buying into higher risk securities in order to avoid the loss of capital from a depreciating bond portfolio.
Therefore, the logical conclusion was to buy stocks. Therefore, in this environment low more »
Jimmy Dean once said, “I can’t change the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) has proved the saying true with its first-quarter results.
In the first quarter, Domino's grew its comparative-store sales by 8.6%. The company generated total revenue of $417.62 million and earned $0.59 per share. Analysts at Thomson Reuters had estimated the more »
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