MCD : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Bear of the Day: Tim Horton's (THI) - Bear of the Day

    March 3, 2014
    Bear of the Day: Tim Horton's (THI) - Bear of the Day
  2. Overvaluing Liquidity: Invest For The Future, Not For Today

    February 28, 2014
    If you talk to individual investors about which stocks they own, you will undoubtedly hear a recitation of the same stocks ...
  3. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook

    January 28, 2014
    Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook
  4. Q4 Shaping Up to be No Different - Ahead of Wall Street

    January 23, 2014
    The results thus far are not materially different from what we have been seeing in recent quarters.
  5. Earnings in Focus This Week - Ahead of Wall Street

    January 20, 2014
    The focus this week will be on corporate earnings as the 2013 Q4 reporting cycle ramps up, with 69 S&P 500 members are ...
  6. Better Times Ahead For Yum Brands?

    December 6, 2013
    Yum Brands CEO David Nowak talks a good game, but can he deliver? Even under the best of scenario, the amiable CEO is ...
  7. McDonald's Earnings Preview: Was The Menu Tinkering Worth It? ...

    October 19, 2013
    McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) is scheduled to report its third-quarter results Monday, October 21, before the markets open. ...
  8. Is Now The Time To Buy Yum Brands?

    October 11, 2013
    Yum Brands’ efforts to turnaround its beleaguered China division, which has been hurt by concerns about the safety of its ...
  9. McDonald's And Other Restaurant Stocks To Sell Now (DRI, MCD, ...

    September 24, 2013
    New research from Oppenheimer suggests that many leisure stocks may be overpriced now. The analysts suggest that investors ...
  10. Arcos Dorados Still Several Fries Short Of A Happy Meal

    August 20, 2013
    Inflation has made the operating environment quite challenging for McDonald's Latin American operator.
  11. Starbucks Shows Why It's Starbucks

    July 26, 2013
    Starbucks Shows Why It's Starbucks by Stephen D. Simpson, CFA Alright, Will Ashworth, you win this round! One quarter ...
  12. Time To Get Defensive With ETFs

    July 26, 2013
    With some storm clouds beginning to form over the global economy, investors may want to consider thinking about moving some ...
  13. Bull of the Day: Jack in the Box (JACK) - Bull of the Day

    July 17, 2013
    Bull of the Day: Jack in the Box (JACK) - Bull of the Day
  14. Get Ready For Brazil’s Consumer Explosion

    July 16, 2013
    With Brazilian stocks currently down in the dumps, long term investors currently have the opportunity to load up on one of ...
  15. Yum! Brands On Simmer For Now

    July 11, 2013
    Yum! Brands showed surprising margin vulnerability in the quarter, but investors are likely to stay focused on the recovery ...
  16. FRT Develops Residential Property - Analyst Blog

    July 10, 2013
    Federal Realty completed the development of a residential complex -- Chelsea Place -- in its shopping center 'Chelsea Commons' ...
  17. Yum! Brands Likely to Beat in 2Q - Analyst Blog

    July 10, 2013
    We expect restaurateur Yum! Brands to beat expectations when it reports second-quarter results on Jul 10 after the closing ...
  18. Another Red Robin Outlet in Maryland - Analyst Blog

    July 5, 2013
    Red Robin will unveil a new restaurant in Baltimore shortly.
  19. Noodles Doubles In IPO Debut: Time To Sell?

    July 3, 2013
    Fast Casual restaurant chain Noodles and Company (Nasdaq:NDLS) priced its IPO June 27 at $18. In its first day of trading ...
  20. QE Tapering: Threat for Net-Leased REITs? - Analyst Blog

    June 26, 2013
    Sending the global markets in a tizzy, the Fed recently announced its plans to gradually phase out the $85-billion-monthly-bond ...
  21. Does Obama Care About US Eateries? - Analyst Blog

    June 25, 2013
    The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is indirectly posing a threat to the US restaurant industry.
  22. Sonic's West Coast Expansion Plans - Analyst Blog

    June 24, 2013
    Sonic recently inked a deal to set up five new drive-ins in San Diego County and 10 new drive-ins in the greater Los Angeles ...
  23. Stock Market News for June 14, 2013 - Market News

    June 14, 2013
    Benchmarks ended their losing streak on Thursday following stronger-than-expected reports on the home front
  24. Yum!'s Comps Dip Yet Again - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2013
    Comps at YUM! dipped 19% in May 2013.
  25. Is McDonald's Back on Track? - Analyst Blog

    June 11, 2013
    Global comps of McDonald's grew 2.6% in May 2013 as against 0.6% decline in the previous month and 4.4% growth in the year-ago ...
  26. Femsa Is A Delicate Balance Between Growth Opportunities And ...

    June 5, 2013
    Femsa's stock got a little too popular, but the long-term prospects are very good.
  27. Restaurant Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    June 4, 2013
    Restaurant Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews
  28. Restaurant Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Industry Outlook

    June 4, 2013
    Restaurant Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Industry Outlook
  29. Smithfield Get It's Deal, But From A Surprising Bidder

    May 29, 2013
    Smithfield gets a lucrative bid from a Chinese buyer, but will the deal go through?
  30. Chipotle Executing Well, But Valuation Leaves No Margin Of Error

    May 14, 2013
    Weak traffic isn't worrying investors who still prize Chipotle's mid-teens operating growth.
  31. The Market Seems Unwilling To Let Yum! Brands Stay Cheap For ...

    May 13, 2013
    Yum! Brands' shares have rebounded pretty well despite an ongoing stream of bad news from China.
  32. Sysco's Reputation Seems More Durable Than Its Growth

    May 7, 2013
    Sysco seems to be trading more on reputation than reality today.
  33. Will Tyson Serve The Bulls Or Serve Up The Bulls?

    May 6, 2013
    Tyson's weak volumes and operating margins don't square well with the very strong stock price action.
  34. Starbucks' Special Model Is Valuable, But Maybe Not This Valuable

    April 26, 2013
    Starbucks continues to deliver good execution, but the valuation demands greatness.
  35. Sonic Still In A Tricky Spot

    March 27, 2013
    Sonic still can't seem to get back in a sales growth groove.
  36. McDonald's January Comps Tumble - Analyst Blog

    February 11, 2013
    After a relatively decent performance in the fourth quarter of 2012, same-store sales (comps) at McDonald's Corp. (MCD) dipped ...
  37. Yum! Brands Still Has Indigestion, But Investors Have An Opportunity

    February 7, 2013
    A sharp drop in guidance for 2013 will spook investors, but may create a bargain.
  38. Better-than-expected 4Q for Zynga - Analyst Blog

    February 6, 2013
    Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter 2012 results. Accounting for stock-based compensation expenses, ...
  39. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Feb 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    February 5, 2013
    The year 2012 started on a relatively positive note for U.S. restaurants. That scenario changed gradually as sales momentum ...
  40. Yum! Outperforms, China Sales Weak - Analyst Blog

    February 5, 2013
    Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM) reported fourth quarter 2012 adjusted earnings of 83 cents per share, ahead of the Zacks Consensus ...
  41. Ruth's Forays into China - Analyst Blog

    February 4, 2013
    Florida-based fine-dining restaurant Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc. (RUTH) has recently forged a deal with Ko China Hospitality ...
  42. Macerich Buys Vornado's Mall - Analyst Blog

    January 28, 2013
    Santa Monica, Calif.-based real estate investment trust (REIT), The Macerich Company (MAC) recently acquired an indoor shopping ...
  43. U.S. Drives Solid 1Q for Starbucks - Analyst Blog

    January 25, 2013
    Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) reported earnings of 57 cents per share for the first quarter of 2013, in line with the Zacks ...
  44. Stock Market News for January 24, 2013 - Market News

    January 24, 2013
    Strong earnings from technology stocks created positive sentiment, lifting benchmarks into positive territory on Wednesday. ...
  45. Earnings Season Looks Presentable - Analyst Blog

    January 23, 2013
    The fourth quarter earnings season is in full swing and the overall tone of earnings reports thus far has been quite reassuring ...
  46. Ahead of Wall Street - January 23, 2013 - Ahead of Wall Street

    January 23, 2013
    Wednesday, January 23, 2013 The fourth quarter earnings season is in full swing and the overall tone of earnings reports ...
  47. Wendy's Previews 4Q - Analyst Blog

    January 17, 2013
    The Wendy's Company (WEN) recently declared its preliminary fourth quarter and full year 2012 results. The company is scheduled ...
  48. Jamba Embarks on Reimaging Program - Analyst Blog

    January 15, 2013
    Following the footsteps of most of the industry behemoths, California-based Jamba Inc. (JMBA) recently unveiled a brand-new ...
  49. Profits: A Dirty Word

    January 14, 2013
    Every three months, publicly traded companies report their earnings—their profits, or losses. And this quarter, the ...
  50. Yum! Brands Knocked Off Stride In China

    January 9, 2013
    Yum! Brands pays the price for a food safety scandal. Could this be a rare opportunity to get these shares at a more reasonable ...
  51. Beat the Market in 2013 With the Dogs of the Dow

    January 7, 2013
    Are you looking to beef up your blue chip exposure, but aren't quite sure how to best go about doing it? Sometimes, the best ...
  52. Starbucks Closes Teavana Buy - Analyst Blog

    January 2, 2013
    Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) recently announced the closure of its previously-announced deal to acquire Atlanta-based Teavana ...
  53. The Secret Ratio That Predicts Winning Stocks Time and Again

    December 26, 2012
    Ever wonder how the most successful investors do it, correctly calling stock picks time and again?   They must know something ...
  54. McDonald's Back to Winning Ways - Analyst Blog

    December 12, 2012
    After relatively weak performances in the recent past and a  monthly decline in October, same-store sales (comps) at McDonald's ...
  55. The 'Controversial' Investing Advice That's Worked Every Time ...

    December 11, 2012
    It's a question we've been getting almost daily from our subscribers: "What does the fiscal cliff mean for stocks, and how ...
  56. Up/Downgrades

    November 26, 2012
    New York, November 26th ( – Following are some of the upgrades and downgrades before the market open. Aeropostale ...
  57. Up/Downgrades

    November 26, 2012
    New York, November 26th ( – Following are some of the upgrades and downgrades before the market open. Aeropostale ...
  58. America's Forgotten Half - Analyst Blog

    November 19, 2012
    'The Forgotten Half' study was conducted by the William T. Grant Foundation in the late 1980s. It reported on the school-to-work ...
  59. Wendy's Lags Ests, Hikes Dividend - Analyst Blog

    November 12, 2012
    The Wendy's Co. (WEN) recently posted third quarter 2012 adjusted earnings of 3 cents per share, lagging the Zacks Consensus ...
  60. Familiar Challenges Show Up For Manitowoc Too

    November 7, 2012
    Even with mid-to-high single-digit revenue growth, Manitowoc is going to have to show a higher, more consistent level of ...
  61. Sysco Can't Fight A Low Tide

    November 7, 2012
    Sysco's volume growth is weak, but this isn't a one quarter story. What Sysco has achieved over the years is remarkable, ...
  62. The Market's Next BIG Turnaround Story

    November 1, 2012
    If you've ever wanted to invest in the early stages of a corporate turnaround, read on. Three of the companies below ...
  63. Stock Market News for October 22, 2012 - Market News

    October 22, 2012
    Benchmarks took a battering on Friday as three industry heavyweights, Microsoft, General Electric and McDonald's, came out ...
  64. McDonald's and Other Services Stocks Making Big Moves on October ...

    October 19, 2012
    The Nasdaq has fallen 1.6%, the S&P 500 has fallen 1% and the Dow has declined 1.1% on a bad morning for the market. The ...
  65. The Post-Jobs Apple: Is it still a "buy" one year later?

    October 9, 2012
    In the final months of his life, Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs worked hard to ensure a vital future for his company. ...
  66. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Oct. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    October 8, 2012
    Despite beginning the year on a relatively positive note, sales momentum in the U.S. restaurant industry appears to have ...
  67. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Oct. 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    October 8, 2012
    Despite beginning the year on a relatively positive note, sales momentum in the U.S. restaurant industry appears to have ...
  68. DFRH Expands Bagger Dave's - Analyst Blog

    October 4, 2012
    Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (DFRH) recently opened a new unit under the Bagger Dave's Legendary Burger Tavern restaurant ...
  69. Yum! Boosts Dividend by 18% - Analyst Blog

    September 24, 2012
    Kentucky-based Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM) recently announced its decision to hike its quarterly dividend by 18% from 28.5 cents ...
  70. BKW Divests Stake in Singapore - Analyst Blog

    September 19, 2012
    As a part of its global refranchising initiative, Burger King Worldwide (BKW) recently divested 41 company-owned restaurants ...
  71. What Makes a Great Income Stock

    September 14, 2012
    While many newcomers to the income sector would immediately say “yield,” that's not the case. To find a good ...
  72. Can Casey's Ring Up Better Cash Flow?

    September 13, 2012
    Casey's is showing solid same-store growth in a tough retailing environment.
  73. Ahead of Wall Street - September 11, 2012 - Ahead of Wall Street

    September 11, 2012
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 We will likely see another calm trading session today ahead of a number of market-moving developments ...
  74. The 10 Most Oversold Dow Stocks

    September 5, 2012
    Looking at the charts of these blue-chip dividend payers pulls up a quartet of names that may be solid buys on the next ...
  75. Brinker Raises Dividend by 25% - Analyst Blog

    August 24, 2012
    Brinker International Inc. (EAT) recently hiked its quarterly dividend payout by 4 cents to 20 cents per share, reflecting ...
  76. Bull Vs. Bear - The Mobile Payment Revolution Is Coming

    August 21, 2012
    With more and more people living so much more of their lives through their smartphones, it seems inevitable that the U.S. ...
  77. Kellogg Looking Like A Better Part Of A Complete Portfolio

    August 16, 2012
    Kellogg may be seeing the turn in its business.
  78. Sysco Muddling Through

    August 16, 2012
    Sysco is doing better than the restaurant industry, but not better enough.
  79. Middleby Not On The Value Menu

    August 14, 2012
    Middleby is a legitimate growth story, but an expensive one. It's probably best to wait for a pullback before buying into ...
  80. Wendy's Meets EPS; Lags Rev - Analyst Blog

    August 10, 2012
    The Wendy's Co. (WEN) recently posted second quarter 2012 adjusted earnings of 5 cents per share, in line with the Zacks ...
  81. Stock Market News for August 9, 2012 - Market News

    August 9, 2012
    Benchmarks added paltry gains after English and French central banks suggested dire future prospects and domestic companies' ...
  82. Brazil Limiting The Happy In Arcos Dorados Happy Meals

    August 8, 2012
    Arcos Dorados, one of McDonalds' larger operators in Latin America, is suffering from a weak Brazilian economy, but the growth ...
  83. Two More Reheats Heading To The IPO Market

    August 7, 2012
    CKE Restaurants and Bloomin' Brands are coming back to the public markets for a second time.
  84. Stock Market News for August 6, 2012 - Market News

    August 6, 2012
    A strong nonfarm payroll report helped benchmarks snap their four-day losing streak on Friday. More importantly, strategists ...
  85. Why Is Walmart Evil, But Amazon Isn't?

    July 27, 2012
    Walmart is one of the most hated companies in America, but why does Amazon get away with many of the same policies?
  86. Bet on Higher Food Prices with These Three ETFs - ETF News And ...

    July 25, 2012
    With the exception of a few days here and there, this summer has delivered sweltering heat across much of the nation. Temperatures ...
  87. Stock Market News for July 24, 2012 - Market News

    July 24, 2012
    Possibilities that Spain would have to seek a sovereign bailout and a record jump in the nation's borrowing costs dragged ...
  88. JLL and Other Services Stocks Making Big Moves on July 23, 2 ...

    July 23, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far. The Nasdaq has decreased 1.9%; the S&P 500 has fallen 1.3%; and the Dow is down 1.1%. ...
  89. Street To Chipotle - Queremos More Growth, Now!

    July 20, 2012
    Chipotle's weakening comps disrupt a model that had no room for error.
  90. Mind The Moving Parts At Yum!

    July 20, 2012
    Yum!'s growth story is still intact, but the valuation already includes that.
  91. Famous Dave's Debuts in Canada - Analyst Blog

    July 17, 2012
    Consistent with its strategy of enhancing its North American presence, Famous Dave's of America Inc. (DAVE) announced the ...
  92. Wendy's Comps to Grow in 2Q - Analyst Blog

    June 29, 2012
    The Wendy's Co. (WEN) recently announced its preliminary same-store sales (comps) results for the second quarter of 2012. ...
  93. Stock Market News for June 27, 2012 - Market News

    June 27, 2012
    Positive housing data and a subsequent rally in the housing shares carried the benchmarks back into the green after a day ...
  94. 4 Socially Responsible Stocks To Watch

    June 26, 2012
    Making money in the market shouldn't prevent you from sleeping at night. Find out how to keep your conscience clean and bank ...
  95. Sonic Not Breaking The Sound Barrier With Its Growth

    June 26, 2012
    Sonic is struggling to leverage a differentiated menu and store concept into real growth. If it can't improve its free cash ...
  96. Is XLY In Trouble?

    June 16, 2012
    It may not be the largest sector ETF on the market, but the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLY) is certainly ...
  97. Ingram Expands Digital Signage - Analyst Blog

    June 13, 2012
    Ingram Micro Inc. (IM) adds to its portfolio every now and then. After announcing a bunch of cloud offerings last week, the ...
  98. A Trader's Guide to (ACOM)

    June 7, 2012
    Online family history and genealogy resource (NASDAQ: ACOM) popped on Wednesday as news came through of the ...
  99. Dunkin' Brands Edges into Asia

    May 30, 2012
    It was revealed on Wednesday that Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ: DNKN) is attempting to move heavily into emerging markets like ...
  100. Poor Margins Go To Chiquita's Core

    May 10, 2012
    Chiquita has been a stock that has rewarded purchases made in the worst of times, and with the stock carving out some new ...
  101. Sysco Looks Stuck

    May 9, 2012
    Sysco is finding that the old tricks aren't working anymore.
  102. Wendy's In For A Long, Hard Road

    May 9, 2012
    Wendy's showed pretty much no progress in the first quarter.
  103. Stock Market News for May 9, 2012 - Market News

    May 9, 2012
    Political apprehensions and uncertainty in the European region ensured benchmarks were left languishing in the red yesterday. ...
  104. Panera Well Off The Value Menu

    May 3, 2012
    Panera continues to be one of the best-performing restaurants in the U.S. However, when it comes to core fundamental valuation, ...
  105. The 10 Most Overbought Dow Stocks

    May 1, 2012
    Their surprising 2011 outperformance has left many big Dow stocks close to overbought conditions, but several strong performers ...
  106. 5 Easy Ways to Cash In on US Dividends

    April 26, 2012
    If you’re outside the US looking in, there are important pros and cons to adding exchange traded funds from America ...
  107. Three Reasons To Own Virtus Investment Partners

    April 24, 2012
    Virtus' stock has performed admirably since its spin-off from The Phoenix Companies in 2008. Despite the stellar performance, ...
  108. Chipotle Just Keeps Getting Hotter

    April 20, 2012
    Chipotle's results continue to be the exception in the restaurant industry, but valuation has been inflated by excitement ...
  109. 9 Stocks for a Sideways Market

    April 17, 2012
    Advisor John Benedict uses a proprietary index for identifying market trends and specific opportunities. He shares some ideas ...
  110. Tim Hortons And McDonald’s Hoping For A Starbucks Stumble

    April 5, 2012
    Coffee distributors far and wide are praying for Starbucks to hit some type of snafu. The coffee giant has noticeably dominated ...
  111. The Case for Being a Copycat Investor

    April 3, 2012
    Aping a top value manager’s portfolio can pay off, even for those who don’t jump on a stock pick immediately, ...
  112. 8 Ways to Grab Emerging-Market Growth

    March 31, 2012
    RDM Financial CEO Ron Weiner explains why he advises individuals to use ETFs and mutual funds for emerging-world exposure. ...
  113. Own The Barron's 30

    March 30, 2012
    On March 24, Barron's profiled 30 of the world's best CEOs. To invest in all of the Barron's 30, it's almost easier to buy ...
  114. The Market Impact From Pink Slime

    March 29, 2012
    The storm of controversy over a finely textured common ground-beef filler has hurt short-term beef demand. However, history ...
  115. Krispy Kreme Looks Overseas For Profit

    March 27, 2012
    It remains to be seen whether Krispy Kreme can return to posting consistent profit growth going forward.
  116. 2 Closed-End Funds for Global Dividends

    March 27, 2012
    Today, hears from Kevin Shacknofsky about strategies for capturing growth and dividends in two funds he manages, ...
  117. The Job Market Hurts Companies, Too

    March 22, 2012
    While unemployment plagues workers, it is also a problem for companies who can't find skilled workers for the jobs they have.
  118. Emerging Market Exposure By Investing Locally

    March 21, 2012
    Emerging markets undoubtedly will be the growth engines of the future. For investors, playing that growth doesn’t necessary ...
  119. S&P 500's Most Oversold Stocks

    March 21, 2012
    Several prominent S&P 500 stocks haven’t been bid up to technically overbought conditions in the recent rally, ...
  120. 5 Reasons to Love Dividend Growth

    March 15, 2012
    What a smart strategy for DIY investors: It’s idiot and inflation proof, it’s money for nothing…and best ...
  121. The Week Ahead: Should You Switch Sectors?

    March 10, 2012
    Technical evidence is mounting that seasonal sector rotation is taking place right now, and it is crucial for investors to ...
  122. Arcos Dorados Feels The Squeeze

    March 8, 2012
    Arcos Dorados has some near-term pain, but above-average potential for long-term gain.
  123. Wendy's Looks To Be A Cut Above

    March 7, 2012
    Wendy’s has much work to do to revitalize what used to be an iconic restaurant brand.
  124. Navellier's Top Dividend Picks

    March 2, 2012
    Louis Navellier reviews the top dividend-paying stocks in his portfolio, which has an overall yield of over 4%. Louis, ...
  125. A Smart ETF to Play This Rally

    February 29, 2012
    The markets have been moving up, as it looks like Europe will be able to sort out its economic troubles. That means the ...
  126. The Week Ahead: Will Crude Oil Crush the Recovery?

    February 28, 2012
    Select buying opportunities remain, but the combination of rising oil prices and latest deterioration in the financial sector ...
  127. The Job Market Hurts Companies, Too

    February 27, 2012
    While unemployment plagues workers, it is also a problem for companies who can't find skilled workers for the jobs they have.
  128. This Week's Activist Filings

    February 15, 2012
    Keeping tabs on equity stakes is one of the simplest, most effective ways of finding investment opportunities.
  129. 4 Growing Big Caps with Solid Dividends

    February 15, 2012
    Staying defensive and sticking with large, dividend-paying multinationals is the safest approach to equities, says fund manager ...
  130. Dunkin' Brands Definitely A Hot Cup Of Coffee

    February 14, 2012
    Dunkin' has great growth potential, but major expectations to match.
  131. Emerging Market Exposure By Investing Locally

    February 14, 2012
    Emerging markets undoubtedly will be the growth engines of the future. For investors, playing that growth doesn’t necessary ...
  132. Sysco Not Exactly Feasting

    February 9, 2012
    Sysco's stock seems a little below fair value, but margins have hit a rough patch and you should probably look elsewhere ...
  133. Yum! Brands Gives Its Skeptics Indigestion

    February 9, 2012
    Yum! saw fine growth in the fourth quarter, largely due to its successful operations in China, and its stock is fairly valued.
  134. Zhongpin Could Be Hog Heaven For Investors

    January 17, 2012
    Zhongpin is risky for many reasons, but potentially a big winner.
  135. A Focus On Dividend Growth

    January 16, 2012
    With interest rates continuing to hold at super-low levels, now could be great time to institute a dividend growth strategy.
  136. Panera Heads North Of The Border

    January 10, 2012
    Panera continues its Canadian expansion after opening three bakery-cafés in the Toronto-area in 2011, with five more planned ...
  137. Fast Food for Turbulent Times

    January 9, 2012
    This year will likely continue the trends we saw in late 2011, but there are still some stocks worth buying, writes Ron ...
  138. Sonic Stuck In Neutral

    January 6, 2012
    Sonic has been a value trap for shareholders.
  139. Tipping Cash Cows

    January 1, 2012
    The fashion for dividend stocks is drawing some sniping from the sidelines, writes senior editor Igor Greenwald. ...
  140. Arcos Dorados - Rare Or Overcooked?

    December 22, 2011
    Arcos Dorados has risks aplenty, but it could reward patient growth investors.
  141. Seeking Value In Canadian Terms

    December 21, 2011
    Canada’s economy got through the economic maelstrom that hit the US and Europe bruised but not battered, but some simple ...
  142. Four Socially Responsible Stocks To Watch

    December 20, 2011
    Making money in the market shouldn't prevent you from sleeping at night. Find out how to keep your conscience clean and bank ...
  143. The Job Market Hurts Companies, Too

    December 20, 2011
    While unemployment plagues workers, it is also a problem for companies who can't find skilled workers for the jobs they have.
  144. Nathan's Famous Goes Dutch

    December 9, 2011
    The well known maker of hot dogs is buying up to 500,000 shares of its stock in a dutch auction at prices between $20-$22.
  145. Jack In The Box Ends Its Year On A High Note

    November 25, 2011
    Despite a strong finish to its fiscal year, Jack in the Box's investment appeal is more dubious.
  146. Canadians, Look Before You Leap South

    November 22, 2011
    Before painting their portfolios red, white, and blue, Canadian income investors need to understand the drawbacks of playing ...
  147. Gold's Misguided Allure

    November 22, 2011
    Even during uncertain times, there are more attractive ways to invest than betting on a commodity that trades on investor ...
  148. Middleby Still Simmering

    November 16, 2011
    Middleby is doing well enough, but the price is no bargain.
  149. Can Sysco Sidestep The Squeeze?

    November 9, 2011
    Sysco is stuck between rising costs and powerful customers. Investors may want to wait on this one.
  150. How to Use Technicals to Trade ETFs

    November 7, 2011
    A couple of health-care growth names are performing well after earnings, says Ken Shreve, who also shares his methodology ...
  151. Panera Bread Serves Higher Profits

    October 28, 2011
    Growth in the the fast-casual segment of the restaurant industry has Panera sizzling.
  152. The Job Market Hurts Companies, Too

    October 21, 2011
    While unemployment plagues workers, it is also a problem for companies who can't find skilled workers for the jobs they have.
  153. BJ's Restaurants: Expensive But Worth It

    October 21, 2011
    BJ's Restaurants is a top-performing stock in the restaurant industry in 2011. The stock is expensive but there's good reason ...
  154. Four Socially Responsible Stocks To Watch

    October 19, 2011
    Making money in the market shouldn't prevent you from sleeping at night. Find out how to keep your conscience clean and bank ...
  155. As China Goes, So Goes Yum! Brands

    October 12, 2011
    Fears of the market slowing in China sent Yum! Brands' stocks down. However, its long-term prospects are still looking up.
  156. The Job Market Hurts Companies, Too

    October 7, 2011
    While unemployment plagues workers, it is also a problem for companies who can't find skilled workers for the jobs they have.
  157. Should Darden Stand Pat Or Spread Out?

    September 28, 2011
    Darden is between a rock and a hard place with a stretched consumer and increasing costs.
  158. Five Socially Responsible Stocks

    September 28, 2011
    Making money in the market shouldn't prevent you from sleeping at night. Find out how to keep your conscience clean and bank ...
  159. The Best Emerging Market Plays Are Local Ones

    September 14, 2011
    Emerging markets undoubtedly will be the growth engines of the future. For investors, playing that growth doesn’t necessary ...
  160. 2 Global Funds with a Large-Cap Tilt

    August 19, 2011
    Joe Pitzl and Jason Good say retail investors can benefit from some exposure to large caps, including global stocks. They ...
  161. 5 Picks That Bring the Market to You

    August 17, 2011
    As these consumer picks show, investing in growth names with a long time horizon will elevate your returns above the fray ...
  162. What it Means to Be Contrarian

    August 14, 2011
    Some very successful investors are described as contrarians, but it’s dangerous to think being contrary is the same ...
  163. US Growth Depends on China

    August 12, 2011
    The health of the US markets is no longer the key driver in the global marketplace, and it slowly being supplanted by China ...
  164. Tyson Almost Ready To Serve

    August 11, 2011
    Tyson is oh-so close to being an interesting buy candidate.
  165. July's Dow 30 Winners and Losers

    August 3, 2011
    See the best and worst performing DJIA stocks from July 2011!
  166. 5 Restaurant Stocks Worth a Nibble

    July 29, 2011
    Even in tough economies, restaurants have been able to outpace many other segments of the consumer discretionary segment. ...
  167. ConocoPhillips Is A Strong Buy

    July 28, 2011
    This oil giant has been experiencing strong top and bottom line growth over the last three years, yet remains undervalued.
  168. 6 Big Dividends to Boost Your Portfolio

    July 24, 2011
    With the current high levels of market and economic uncertainty, Oliver Pursche believes it’s crucial to stabilize ...
  169. A Baker's Dozen of Growth Picks

    July 23, 2011
    In today’s interview, Jon Markman of Trader’s Advantage explains how he has identified companies with growth ...
  170. Earnings Preview for July 22

    July 21, 2011
    Here are four companies that will be releasing their earnings on July 22.
  171. 4 Most Overbought Dow Stocks

    July 17, 2011
    Proven technical measures show that it’s a high-risk time to buy these four market leaders, and all could be vulnerable ...
  172. It's Do-or-Die Time for NetFlix

    July 16, 2011
    The media company raised the ante big time by announcing a 60% rate hike for its entry-level service. Will the move make ...
  173. Is The U.S. Holding Back Yum! Brands?

    July 15, 2011
    YUM! is a study in contrasts, and may benefit by focusing on the growth opportunities outside the U.S.
  174. Best Stock Buys This Earnings Season

    July 13, 2011
    Trader and author John Person is looking for the market to rally into earnings season and believes that opportunities may ...
  175. June's Dow 30 Winners and Losers

    July 4, 2011
    See the best and worst performing DJIA stocks from June 2011!
  176. 4 Stocks for a Soft Market

    June 25, 2011
    Just because the market can't find its feet doesn't mean there aren't stocks with traction, writes Jon Markman of Trader's ...
  177. Dow 30 Stocks With Good Dividends

    June 21, 2011
    For all of you dividend fiends out there, we combed through the Dow 30 to find some of the best yielding stocks...
  178. Consumer Companies For Patient Dividend Investors

    June 21, 2011
    Quality brands run by focused managers can deliver double-digit growth in earnings and or dividends over a long stretch of ...
  179. Boring, But Beautiful, Stocks

    June 16, 2011
    Not all stocks appear in daily headlines, but that doesn't mean they aren't exciting and profitable.
  180. Can Arby's Ever Find A Stable Home?

    June 14, 2011
    Arby's passes to yet another buyer in the hopes of a lasting turnaround.
  181. May's Dow 30 Winners and Losers

    June 1, 2011
    See the best and worst performing DJIA stocks from May 2011!
  182. Waiting To Warm Up To Middleby

    May 16, 2011
    Middleby continues to build share, but the stock is no bargain.
  183. Darling International's Darling Quarter

    May 16, 2011
    Darling is indeed a darling of investors today. The company is enjoying great growth in a stable industry that it virtually ...
  184. Sysco Humming Along

    May 11, 2011
    Sysco is navigating food inflation reasonably well and looks like a solid conservative growth name.
  185. Chipotle Still Smokin'

    April 25, 2011
    Chipotle has gone beyond any reasonable valuation, but that won't matter if growth stays strong.
  186. Bargains In Brazil

    April 21, 2011
    The right combination of natural resources, growing middle class and strong government makes Brazil a top long-term buy.
  187. 4 Big Earnings Announcements For April 21

    April 20, 2011
    Earnings reports are especially important events for the biggest names on Wall Street. Here are four earnings announcements ...
  188. 7 Companies With Big Dividends

    April 5, 2011
    Learn about seven stocks that are in position to offer high-yield dividends for years to come.
  189. Solid Consumer Companies For Patient Dividend Investors

    March 18, 2011
    These names offer dividend investors some high-quailty income options.
  190. 4 Dow 30 Stocks With Huge Dividends

    March 14, 2011
    We combed through the Dow 30 to find some of its highest-yielding stocks.
  191. Investors Clamoring For A Wendy's/Arby's Breakup

    March 9, 2011
    The potential split of Wendy's and Arby's has the stock showing a bit of resurgence.
  192. Truly Tasty Stocks

    March 8, 2011
    Consumers are looking for fun and tasty outings that won't break the bank. Domino's fits the bill.
  193. 5 Winning Super Bowl Stocks

    February 8, 2011
    We use Super Bowl commercials as inspiration for a few stock picks.
  194. January's Dow 30 Winners and Losers

    February 1, 2011
    See the best and worst performing DJIA stocks from January 2011!
  195. 5 Important Earnings Announcements For January 24

    January 21, 2011
    Earnings reports are significant events for every stock. Here are 5 earnings announcement for January 24 that you should ...
  196. Good Stocks Vs. Good Businesses

    January 18, 2011
    Contrary to popular belief, it's better to pay a fair price for a great company than a great price for a fair one. We'll ...
  197. Dividend Darlings For 2011 (SO, FE, ED, DUK, WGL, MCD, T)

    January 7, 2011
    With interest rates and treasury yields low, investors can receive income from dividend-paying utility stocks, which are ...
  198. Food Stocks to Avoid in 2011

    January 6, 2011
    Restaurants had a banner year in 2010, but are there any stocks with further upside potential?
  199. December's Best And Worst Performing Dow 30 Components

    January 3, 2011
    See the best and worst performing DJIA stocks of December 2010!
  200. 2010's Highest Performing DJIA stocks

    December 14, 2010
    Check out 2010's highest-performing DJIA stocks.
  201. Starbucks Joins A Growing Crowd In China

    December 3, 2010
    What's good for Starbucks in China should be good for these other consumer discretionary stocks as well.
  202. Five Socially Responsible Stocks

    November 22, 2010
    Making money in the market shouldn't prevent you from sleeping at night. Find out how to keep your conscience clean and wealth ...
  203. Wendy's/Arby's Posts Weak Numbers For Q3

    November 16, 2010
    Being handcuffed by an activist investor is just one of the many issues facing this fast food stock.
  204. Sysco Still On Simmer

    November 9, 2010
    Sysco is growing a bit, but not enough to be interesting.
  205. Domino's Q3: As Easy As Pie

    October 20, 2010
    Pizza price wars are making it easier for cash-strapped consumers to decide what's for dinner.
  206. Yum! Loves China!

    October 7, 2010
    Yum! Brands continues to benefit from the growth opportunity in China, which continues to fuel the overall growth of this ...
  207. Yum! Brands Looking Pretty Tasty In China

    October 7, 2010
    China's appetite for fast food is fueling double-digit growth at this restaurant operator.
  208. Presidential Cycle Winners

    September 20, 2010
    The presidential cycle is one of the few Wall Street strategies that has the numbers to back it up, and we are in the midst ...
  209. Private Equity Has A Hankering For Fast Food

    September 3, 2010
    Burger King passes to yet another owner with the hopes of a turnaround.
  210. 5 Stock Sectors To Hold If The Market Crashes

    September 2, 2010
    Equities can seem scary when the economy is volatile, but these holdings can be profitable in the long run.
  211. Sysco Not Sizzling, Yet

    August 18, 2010
    Sysco's organic earnings growth has slowed in this recession, but the company still has ample opportunity to expand its business
  212. Roll With Your Spinoff

    August 17, 2010
    If you own a stock that's contemplating a spinoff, consider the possibility that the new entity rather than the parent is ...
  213. Wendy's Still Under Repair

    August 16, 2010
    In addition to improving the company's operations, Wendy's has to find a way to compete in today's brutal pricing environment.
  214. Tasty Breakfast Stocks

    July 30, 2010
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and some of the companies serving it a worth a look.
  215. Rebounding Airline Industry?

    July 30, 2010
    Risk-averse investors who don't mind volatility and expect airlines to prosper could find the industry attractive as passengers ...
  216. Chipotle Rolls Out Another Healthy Quarter

    July 26, 2010
    Chipotle's is a fantastic company, but its price means watching from the sidelines may be the healthy choice.
  217. Dining With Winners

    June 23, 2010
    The restaurant sector has been struggling, but a few winners have emerged.
  218. Who Will Win The Coffee War?

    June 17, 2010
    With many companies competing for your morning coffee, it can be hard to pick a leader.
  219. The Burger Wars

    June 9, 2010
    The Burger Wars are far from finished, but one fast food company certainly has a lead.
  220. 3 Stocks With Revenue Growth Greater Than Earnings Growth

    June 3, 2010
    All three of these stocks should do well in the coming months as the economy continues to improve.
  221. The World Cup 2010 Portfolio

    June 2, 2010
    Stocks that could really score during the World Cup 2010.
  222. Starbucks And Franchising Make Sense

    May 28, 2010
    Starbucks recently announced it was offering franchises of its Seattle's Best Coffee brand. I'll look at why this makes sense.
  223. Taco Bell's Big Deal

    May 17, 2010
    Taco Bell's $2 meal has the industry sitting up and taking notice, but is it good for investors?
  224. Meaty Results From Zhongpin And Tyson

    May 12, 2010
    The U.S. food market is cyclical and slow-growing, but overseas markets may still hold promise for investors.
  225. Dow's Biggest Losers When It Tanked

    May 10, 2010
    On Thursday, May 6, the Dow tanked 1,000 points before pushing its way back up.
  226. Sysco Delivers More

    May 5, 2010
    Decades of organic growth and acquisitions have given Sysco a formidable edge in the food distribution segment.
  227. Edible Earnings

    April 23, 2010
    One area that has been increasing its business, as we continue to watch our day-to-day spending, is fast food.
  228. Starbucks Opens Its Wallet

    March 26, 2010
    Starbucks recently approved a dividend for the first time, and announced a share buyback plan. Is this a good time to buy?
  229. Truly Tasty Stocks

    March 4, 2010
    Consumers are looking for fun and tasty outings that won't break the bank. Domino's fits the bill.
  230. 4 U.S. Companies With High Currency Exposure

    February 24, 2010
    The U.S. dollar has been strengthening against the euro which is a bad sign for the U.S. exporters as the goods become more ...
  231. Dividend Aristocrats And The Shareholder Bucket

    February 23, 2010
    The dividend aristocrats have been paying investors with their own coin. Find out how.
  232. Chipotle Keeps Rolling

    February 16, 2010
    Chipotle could be a tasty meal at these prices.
  233. Taking A Bite Out Of Restaurant Chains

    February 9, 2010
    Restaurant chains still have a long way to go before becoming strong investments.
  234. Self-Serve Kiosks: The Payoff Is Huge

    February 3, 2010
    Big things are happening in self-serve. Here's what investors can do to benefit.
  235. Sysco Delivers The Goods

    February 3, 2010
    Sysco's valuable assets and excellent future growth potential comes at a reasonable price, despite shares currently trading ...
  236. Acquisitions: The Good And The Bad

    February 3, 2010
    Cadbury bought Snapple in 2000 for $1.45 billion. Ten years later, it's hard to tell if the deal was worth it.
  237. Fast Food Companies That Still Make Bread

    January 26, 2010
    Fast food companies stand to gain in times of economic turmoil. Which one is in position to make the most profit for investors?
  238. Starbucks Pours It On

    January 25, 2010
    Starbucks is keeping things hot despite a cold economic climate.
  239. Stocks To Avoid In 2010

    January 12, 2010
    An excellent company does not necessarily mean an excellent investment.
  240. Good Stocks Vs. Good Businesses

    January 11, 2010
    Contrary to popular belief, it's better to pay a fair price for a great company than a great price for a fair one. We'll ...
  241. Stocks For Income Investors In 2010

    January 7, 2010
    With interest rates and treasury yields low, investors can receive income from dividend-paying utility stocks, which are ...
  242. 2010 Vancouver Olympics Winners and Losers

    January 5, 2010
    It's not just athletes who will win and lose in Vancouver. Find out which companies have the most at stake.
  243. Starbucks Still Brewing

    January 4, 2010
    Many investors may have overlooked Starbucks in the last year. But in comparison to its competition, the company is still ...
  244. A Look Back At Casual Dining (Non-Fast Food) Restaurants

    December 29, 2009
    Casual dining chains took a major foot traffic hit in 2009. But the story doesn't end there.
  245. Traffic Slowing At Darden

    December 21, 2009
    Going forward, restaurant operators including Darden will have to navigate an increasingly competitive landscape.
  246. Steak 'N Shake Serves Up New Directions

    December 18, 2009
    Steak 'N Shake reported excellent earnings, but the real story is Chairman Sardar Biglari's plan to turn the company into ...
  247. Glazing Over Krispy Kreme

    December 10, 2009
    Krispy Kreme suffers from the overhang of its years-ago high-flying IPO promise which never delivered.
  248. Tim Hortons; Focus On The Donut, Not The Hole

    November 2, 2009
    Tim Hortons reported lower third-quarter earnings, but is suffering from a more severe outlook than it deserves.
  249. The Only Investment You Should Own

    October 29, 2009
    Before making any investment, ask yourself: "Would I want to own 100% of this business at the current price?"
  250. A Darling For Profiting From Waste

    October 27, 2009
    Dirty work needs to be done, whether it comes on a farm or in a mine or a resturant. The fact that very few people enjoy ...
  251. A-Rated Big Names With Healthy Payouts

    October 20, 2009
    Even after a six-month bull run, these companies' fundamentals indicate they're far from fully priced.
  252. Stocks That Can Burn You

    October 12, 2009
    Investors should always be mindful of the downside risk before purchasing any shares of stock.
  253. Chipotle's Appetizing Earnings

    September 30, 2009
    Chipotle may have soem heavy competition, but it's still an appealing buy.
  254. Time To Shift To Quality

    September 30, 2009
    These big-cap quality names appear value priced. But is this the right time to buy in?
  255. Wendy's Arby's Group Worth A Taste

    September 17, 2009
    The Wendy's/Arby's Group merits a closer look if you'd like a slice of the restaurant industry.
  256. Krispy Kreme Fills Holes With Cash Earnings

    September 9, 2009
    Krispy Kreme hasn't had a profitable year since 2004, but it looks like customers are coming back.
  257. Is Burger King Worth Warming Up To?

    August 28, 2009
    Burger King's recent earnings look positive for the long-term.
  258. Nathan's Earnings Continue to Roast

    August 14, 2009
    Nathan's Famous, the iconic Coney Island boardwalk hot dog restaurant, continues to post stellar earnings
  259. 4 Dynamic Consumer Goods Stocks

    August 11, 2009
    4 of the top performing consumer goods stocks.
  260. Panera Bread Rising To The Challenge

    July 30, 2009
    Panera is a cut above other companies in the casual dining sector, but management is still struggling to rise to the challenge.
  261. Eyeing The Exchanges

    July 21, 2009
    Exchanges offer investors a chance to benefit from transaction fees and additional insight into market trading activity.
  262. Investor Indigestion At Yum! Brands

    July 20, 2009
    Despite beating analyst's expectations, Yum! is relying too heavily on China for growth and also continues to struggle in ...
  263. Kraft Insiders Gobble Up Stock

    July 15, 2009
    This stock has the potential to do really well thanks to its well-known brands. Insiders agree.
  264. Three Stocks To Know For Next Week

    July 10, 2009
    Four big stocks to research before their earnings anouncements on Tuesday, July 14.
  265. What's Your Brand Worth?

    July 9, 2009
    Millward Brown Optimor recently delivered its fourth annual BRANDZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands.
  266. Papa John's Starting To Sizzle

    July 2, 2009
    In this piece I touch on PZZA and DPZ in more detail.
  267. Nathan's Famous Has Tasty Earnings

    June 22, 2009
    Nathan's Famous, Inc. is a small but continually profitable company, as its latest year end earnings report shows.
  268. Ackman May Still Keep Target In His Sight

    June 18, 2009
    Ackman lost the most recent battle, but the war may not be over yet.
  269. Invest With The Gates Foundation

    June 17, 2009
    Bill Gates didn't become the world's richest person being lucky. Learn about the man who handles his money.
  270. Will Coffee and Donuts Save The Economy?

    May 22, 2009
    Tim Hortons had a positive earnings report in the face of a challenging fast food environment, and continues to show growth.
  271. Investors Don't Know JACK

    May 18, 2009
    Despite sliding sales, Jack in the Box beat analyst projections due to the sale of many company-owned stores. But for how ...
  272. Large Cap Stocks That Have Missed The Rally

    May 13, 2009
    Many large cap stocks underperformed the recent rally. Investors might want to look at some of these names before concluding ...
  273. Five Stocks With The Ultimate Margin Of Safety

    May 6, 2009
    We look at five stocks with at least $100 million in cash and zero debt, providing investors with the ultimate margin of ...
  274. Starbucks Serves Up Decent Q2 Numbers

    May 4, 2009
    If its Q2 earnings report is any indicator, Starbucks heat is still very present and profitable.
  275. Wild Earnings For Buffalo Wild Wings

    May 4, 2009
    This eatery has proved to be a steady, profitable performer - if not a star - of the fast food space.
  276. Burger King Serves Up Lukewarm Results

    May 1, 2009
    The downward EPS trend in the fast food space leaves this chain bullish for the long haul.
  277. 4 Large Caps With Momentum, Whopping Dividends

    April 28, 2009
    Looking for big names, big income and strong recent price performance - all at a reasonable price?
  278. Chipotle Mexican Grill: Sizzle Or Fizzle?

    April 27, 2009
    This McDonald's spin-off has had an impressive few years, but can it sustain increased success in the long run?
  279. Yum! Brands Licks its Chops at China

    April 24, 2009
    Yum! Brands dependence on China for growth is somewhat risky, but so far is working out quite well for shareholders.
  280. Diversification Alone Is Not Enough

    April 9, 2009
    Opinions on the number of stocks for a diversified portfolio vary, but locking in low expenses leaves little room for disagreement.
  281. A Quick Buck Made On Fast Food?

    April 8, 2009
    Food stocks could put food on your table if the trend continues.
  282. Sonic Seeks To Reclaim Boom

    April 2, 2009
    This fast food chain should easily overcome current difficulties thanks to its numerous expansion opportunities.
  283. Winning The Organic Food Game

    March 31, 2009
    The organic food business is expected to have a bad year, but there are still some promising investments.
  284. Is Starbucks Brewing A Comeback?

    March 19, 2009
    Fresh news has been percolating about this coffee company, but it may not be enough to get investors lining up for its stock.
  285. Is Wendy's/Arby's Stock On The Value Menu?

    March 4, 2009
    Investors might want to wait to see how the Wendy's/Arby's combo survives the recession before taking a bite.
  286. Pizza Joints Continue To Make Dough

    February 27, 2009
    Domino's and Papa John's bake up solid earnings results with strong growth expectations.
  287. Distinguishing Wants From Needs

    February 27, 2009
    Identifying portfolio prospects from individual spending habits.
  288. Be Bold With Big Brands

    February 18, 2009
    Investing during recessions involves avoiding companies with excessive debt. Let's take a look at a blockbuster companies ...
  289. Casual Dining Feeds The Global Masses

    February 6, 2009
    Yum! Brands remains a compelling play for those seeking casual dining investment exposure in China.
  290. Darden Restaurants Cultivates Its Olive Garden

    January 29, 2009
    This chain's heaping portions of Italian comfort food continue to satisfy cash-strapped diners.
  291. Perseverance Needed For Long-Term Wealth

    January 20, 2009
    Remembering the purpose for each investment you choose is more important now than ever.
  292. Sonic Boom Or Bust?

    January 12, 2009
    Beyond burgers and fries, this chain's stock price may be a tasty pick on the value menu.
  293. Spanish Language Media Outlook 2009

    December 31, 2008
    We explore multiple ways to participate in the growth of Latin American media.
  294. Starbucks Brews Decaffeinated Q1

    December 8, 2008
    Starbucks expects to miss Q1 estimates for fiscal 2009. Learn why there could be more pain on the horizon.
  295. Honest Enemies For Your Portfolio

    December 2, 2008
    Inverse ETFs run counter to the usual design of a portfolio, but these "honest enemies" can you from the big selloffs.
  296. Cracker Barrel: Value And Income In One Basket

    November 27, 2008
    A low P/E and impressive 5.5% dividend make Cracker Barrel a solid choice for value and income investors alike.
  297. ETFs A Job Hunting Tool For New Grads

    November 21, 2008
    Sector-specific ETFs could point the way to job opportunities for recent college grads.
  298. Putting The Dow's Fading Pulse In Perspective

    November 21, 2008
    There's a lot of talk about "historic lows" right now. Learn where the Dow's current metrics really stand in history.
  299. 4 Dividend Stocks You Can Actually Count On

    November 17, 2008
    Learn which four stalwarts are maintaining impressive dividend payouts amid the carnage on Wall Street. It would be wise ...
  300. Starbucks Serves Up Stale Q4 Results

    November 12, 2008
    Coffee giant Starbucks released dismal fourth quarter results.
  301. The King Of Comps

    November 4, 2008
    Burger King increased comps by 3.6% and reaffirmed guidance. Can this success continue?
  302. DineEquity Follows Lukewarm Q3 With Tasty Dessert

    October 29, 2008
    Dine Equity lost 98 cents per share in Q3. The good news is that IHOP comps stayed positive, and it franchised 66 Applebee's ...
  303. Domino's Q3 Undercooked

    October 15, 2008
    Sluggish comp results and possible heavy tax-loss selling indicate it's best to pass on buying a piece of this pie.
  304. Thanks To China, Yum Brands Delivers

    October 10, 2008
    We put Yum Brands' third-quarter earnings under the microscope. Will expansion to China continue to fuel growth?
  305. Five Dividend Darlings For October 9

    October 9, 2008
    We look at several companies that investors should consider stashing some cash in while waiting for the market to rebound.
  306. Sonic Bust?

    September 25, 2008
    Sonic's preliminary Q4 sales numbers show weakness, but guidance from the company for 2009 is still upbeat. What's an investor ...
  307. CKE Restaurants Cuts Costs, Improves Sales

    September 22, 2008
    Carl's Jr. operator CKE beat estimates, increases same-store sales and cut spending. In this environment, who could ask for ...
  308. Popeye's Returns To Louisiana Roots

    August 29, 2008
    Popeye's is rebranding to emphasize its New Orleans origins. Can this once dominant chain return to former glory?
  309. Investing In The Beijing Olympics

    August 20, 2008
    The Beijing Games have been in the media spotlight for months. Learn which sponsors, partners and suppliers are cashing in.
  310. Bite Into Einstein Bagel

    August 11, 2008
    Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has lost money eight out of the last 10 years. We'll look at why this makes it the perfect ...
  311. A Buffet Of Breakfast Stocks

    July 16, 2008
    Can you make money serving the most important meal of the day? Learn why baby boomers are the key market for these breakfast ...
  312. Store Closings Won't Save Starbucks

    July 3, 2008
    Starbucks is cutting 600 locations, but this won't keep the competition at bay or recapture its dwindling market.
  313. False Hope From Krispy Kreme

    June 13, 2008
    Krispy Kreme finally broke back into the black, but the company is not ready to become an earnings story. Investors may be ...
  314. Jack In The Box Could Surprise Investors

    May 26, 2008
    The fast food chain's comps lacked beef in the second quarter, but its expected full-year earnings still look tasty.
  315. Yum's Wide World Of Profit

    May 12, 2008
    High costs and sluggish U.S. consumer behavior is a bad mix. Luckily, Yum Brands has added some overseas flavor to the recipe.
  316. Burger King's Beefy Q3

    May 5, 2008
    Burger King is cooking its way to profits.
  317. Wendy's Q1 Sales Lack Beef

    April 7, 2008
    Wendy's rolled out its massive 840-calorie Baconator this year, but no one is buying. Wendy's sales were flat, while rivals ...
  318. Ruby Tuesday A Car Without An Engine

    April 4, 2008
    Comps are the engine that drives a restaurant chain's growth. Ruby Tuesday's comps dropped 12% for the quarter - it's going ...
  319. Check Please! For CKE Restaurants

    April 1, 2008
    Q4 earnings suggest that there may not be space at the competitive fast-food lunch counter.
  320. Sonic Serves Up A Perfect Q2

    March 26, 2008
    Sonic is a growing force in the fast food market. An impressive same-store-sales increase proves the good news will keep ...
  321. Benefit From The Inevitable

    March 7, 2008
    Consumer staples stocks offer excellent insulation against an economic freeze. One ETF provides both safety and return potential.
  322. Chipotle's Spicy Quarter Could Give Investors Heartburn

    February 20, 2008
    The Mexican eatery delivered a spectacular quarter, but growth plans for the new year could backfire in a weak economy.
  323. Denny's Shrinking Margins A Bad Omen (DENN)

    February 19, 2008
    Denny's wants to turn more company-owned restaurants into franchises, but with its recent troubles, who is going to buy?
  324. Starbucks' $1 Coffee Plan Puzzling (SBUX)

    February 1, 2008
    Starbucks' revitalization plans include cheap coffee and getting rid of hot sandwiches - sounds like a plan that's ready ...
  325. Stick A Fork In Ruby Tuesday (RT)

    December 18, 2007
    Ruby Tuesday is caught in the advertising war between fast food peddlers and casual dining chains. Heavy losses could follow.
  326. Yum's Franchise Deal Looks Tasty (YUM)

    December 12, 2007
    By 2010, Yum Brands wants more than 90% of its restaurants to be franchised. This could be a huge boost to its margins.
  327. Stocking Stuffer Stocks

    November 29, 2007
    We examine four companies that might make nice additions to your holiday wish list.
  328. Yum's Earnings Deserve Praise (YUM)

    October 10, 2007
    Yum Brands, operator of Taco Bell, KFC and other restaurants, released stellar Q3 earnings. Can it continue to beat expectations?
  329. Panera's Dough Rising (PNRA)

    October 9, 2007
    Panera Bread recently reported solid third quarter revenue, we explore what its future might hold.
  330. Burger King Feasting On The 'Fourth Meal' (BKC)

    September 5, 2007
    Three meals a day? Bah! Burger King has found that if you're open, they will eat.
  331. Four Reasons Behind The Starbucks Stall (SBUX)

    August 3, 2007
    Starbucks is coming off a solid third quarter, but its stock has stalled. Read on to find out why.
  332. Triarc Proposes To Wendy's (WEN)

    July 31, 2007
    Will this friendly offer turn into a hostile takeover?
  333. Investigating A Corny Subject (ADM, CPO, CAG)

    July 25, 2007
    A look at three corn producers who use innovation to differentiate themselves in a competitive market.
  334. Who Ordered The Combo Plate? (IHP, APPB)

    June 18, 2007
    The rumored IHOP-Applebee's merger looks tasty, but there are several issues to consider before digging in.
  335. Krispy Kreme Still Full Of Holes (KKD)

    June 6, 2007
    Krispy Kreme turned in a simply lousy first quarter, is there any hope for the doughnut maker?
  336. The United Way (USTR)

    May 10, 2007
    Exemplary management, strong financials and persistent earnings growth make United Stationers a perennial winner.
  337. Yummy After All (YUM)

    May 4, 2007
    Yum! turned in solid Q1 results, but how solid are the stock's future prospects?
  338. IHOP Misses Q1 Estimates (IHP)

    May 3, 2007
    The well-known breakfast chain reported Q1 numbers below estimates, but the stock is still a good deal.
  339. Buyout Or Not, Wendy's A Good Deal (WEN)

    May 2, 2007
    Billionaire Nelson Peltz is interested in Wendy's, but the company has upside beyond a simple buyout.
  340. Wendy's Turns in Solid Same Store Numbers (WEN)

    April 12, 2007
    Wendy's recently turned in solid Q1 comp store numbers, which could combine with other positives for the company to push ...
  341. Starbucks' Growth Aspirations Might Come at a Cost (SBUX)

    March 26, 2007
    Starbucks has a bold plan to open 10,000 new stores, but such rapid expansion in a short time could come at a high price.
  342. Starbucks' Dream of 40,000 Stores

    March 21, 2007
    Starbucks wants to reach 40,000 outlets, but the economy and McDonald's could block that goal.
  343. Starbucks Set To Pick Up (SBUX)

    February 20, 2007
    With strong growth prospects in the mix, SBUX shares look like a good bargain at current prices.
  344. Margins Matter (MCD, WEN, BKC)

    February 15, 2007
    Just how important are margins on your stocks' prices?
  345. P/E Ratios Still Matter

    February 1, 2007
    High P/E stocks are almost always more glamorous than their low P/E counterparts, but are they more profitable?
  346. Lost In Translation? (AFL)

    November 27, 2006
    AFL's solid long-term fundamentals should provide a floor for the stock at current levels.
  347. Yum Brands No Longer Yummy (YUM)

    October 16, 2006
    Yum Brands appears set to fall down a notch or two.
  348. Brother, Can You Spare $3.75? (SBUX)

    October 4, 2006
    Are SBUX shares no longer the hot and fresh commodity of the stock market?
  349. Exxon and Altria: Two Stocks Worthy of Concentration (XOM, MO)

    August 1, 2006
    While diversifying your portfolio may be good for maintaining wealth, concentrating your portfolio is good for building it.
  350. Time to 'Double Double' Down on Tim Hortons?

    March 24, 2006
    A look at the recent IPO of Canada's iconic quick serve restaurant chain, Tim Hortons.
  351. A Look at Economic Moats - Part 2

    November 23, 2005
    In this piece we'll explore different types of economic moats.
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