MCD : Analysis & Opinions

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 ...
  3. Is the Fast Food King Still a Good Buy?

    February 6, 2012
    The company has been as steady as anyone could hope, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a good time to buy, especially if ...
  4. Chipotle Still Sizzling

    February 3, 2012
    While Chipotle will likely see strong business in 2012, an investment in the fast food company may not be as hot.
  5. Zhongpin Could Be Hog Heaven For Investors

    January 17, 2012
    Zhongpin is risky for many reasons, but potentially a big winner.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. Arcos Dorados - Rare Or Overcooked?

    December 22, 2011
    Arcos Dorados has risks aplenty, but it could reward patient growth investors.
  10. A Game-Changing Technology For Restaurants

    December 19, 2011
    Restaurants that figure out how to make this new technology work stand to gain a fortune. Restaurants that don't figure it ...
  11. December 16, 2011 Market Summary

    December 16, 2011
    The market continues to drift back.
  12. 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.
  13. 5 Stocks For a Stable, Dividend Portfolio

    December 1, 2011
    Five stocks with dividend yields above 2.5% and trade with low volatility.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. McDonald's Off The Dollar Menu

    October 28, 2011
    McDonald's is gaining share and continuing to excel.
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. Monster Stocks Set To Move Higher

    September 8, 2011
    stocks that have been ignoring the markets
  20. 4 Defensive Names Near All-Time Highs

    September 2, 2011
    Consumers are continuing to spend in certain categories, and some discretionary names have notched new price highs, even ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. Tyson Almost Ready To Serve

    August 11, 2011
    Tyson is oh-so close to being an interesting buy candidate.
  23. McDonald's Continues To Reinvent

    July 28, 2011
    McDonalds continues to defy the normal rules of growth and leverage.
  24. 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.
  25. Food Costs Bite Chipotle

    July 22, 2011
    Given the benign sell off in the stock price, it appears that most investors see many more quarters of solid growth ahead.
  26. Investors Feasting on Restaurant Stocks

    June 29, 2011
    Restaurant stocks continue to hit all-time highs.
  27. 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...
  28. 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.
  29. Waiting To Warm Up To Middleby

    May 16, 2011
    Middleby continues to build share, but the stock is no bargain.
  30. 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 ...
  31. Sysco Humming Along

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

    April 25, 2011
    Chipotle has gone beyond any reasonable valuation, but that won't matter if growth stays strong.
  33. 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.
  34. Traders Showing An Appetite For Restaurant Stocks

    March 30, 2011
    Traders Showing An Appetite For Restaurant Stocks
  35. The Impact Of Rising Coffee Prices

    March 24, 2011
    Almost all food prices are inflating rapidly, and coffee is one of the fastest climbers. Find out how this will affect inventory ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 2010's Highest Performing DJIA stocks

    December 14, 2010
    Check out 2010's highest-performing DJIA stocks.
  38. Sysco Still On Simmer

    November 9, 2010
    Sysco is growing a bit, but not enough to be interesting.
  39. 5 Low-Beta DJIA Stocks

    October 22, 2010
    Check out five low-beta stocks that can help you to diversify your portfolio.
  40. 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.
  41. Flagging Restaurant Stocks Look Less Than Appetizing

    September 22, 2010
    Flagging Restaurant Stocks Look Less Than Appetizing
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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.
  44. 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 ...
  45. Coinstar: Cheap DVDs, Cheap Stock?

    August 17, 2010
    Coinstar's stock isn't cheap, but considering the possible growth opportunities, it may still be a bargain.
  46. 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.
  47. 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 ...
  48. The Next McDonald's

    June 30, 2010
    Should investors take a nibble on any of the chains looking to unseat McDonald's?
  49. 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.
  50. Ignore The Crowd

    June 15, 2010
    The human psyche is not trained to do things alone. However, in investing, the spoils often go to the one who is not afraid ...
  51. 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.
  52. The World Cup 2010 Portfolio

    June 2, 2010
    Stocks that could really score during the World Cup 2010.
  53. 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.
  54. Wendy's Up, Arby's Down

    May 19, 2010
    The Wendy's side of Wendy's/Arby's continues to perform well, while the Arby's side holds the company back.
  55. How Commercials Impact Stock Prices

    May 14, 2010
    Commercials can entertain or enrage, but can they move a company's stock price?
  56. 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.
  57. Sysco Delivers More

    May 5, 2010
    Decades of organic growth and acquisitions have given Sysco a formidable edge in the food distribution segment.
  58. The Lazy Man's ETF Portfolio

    April 30, 2010
    How will a lazy man's portfolio of four ETFs fare against four selected holdings?
  59. 5 Stocks From McDonald's Portfolio

    April 27, 2010
    Take a look inside the profit sharing and savings portfolio McDonald's runs for its employees.
  60. McDonald's Delivers Extra Value

    April 23, 2010
    The uncertain economy currently facing consumers today will likely create favorable headwinds for McDonald's going forward.
  61. 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 ...
  62. Chipotle Keeps Rolling

    February 16, 2010
    Chipotle could be a tasty meal at these prices.
  63. 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 ...
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. What Happens When Kraft And Cadbury Merge?

    January 27, 2010
    Kraft and Cadbury are set to merge. How will this affect the company's future?
  67. 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 ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. Potential Spin-Offs In 2010

    January 6, 2010
    These potential spin offs could garner some interest in the near future.
  70. Fast Food Stocks In Review

    December 24, 2009
    Although fast food companies were a mixed bag in 2009, there are still several strong players to choose from.
  71. 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 ...
  72. Glazing Over Krispy Kreme

    December 10, 2009
    Krispy Kreme suffers from the overhang of its years-ago high-flying IPO promise which never delivered.
  73. McDonald's: Investors (And Employees) Are Lovin' It

    October 28, 2009
    McDonald's has one of the best 401(k) plans around. It's no wonder this stock is soaring.
  74. Stocks That Can Burn You

    October 12, 2009
    Investors should always be mindful of the downside risk before purchasing any shares of stock.
  75. 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?
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. 4 Dynamic Consumer Goods Stocks

    August 11, 2009
    4 of the top performing consumer goods stocks.
  79. 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.
  80. Buy And Hold: It's Alive!

    July 29, 2009
    The notion that buy-and-hold investing is dead is becoming more popular. It's dead wrong.
  81. Eyeing The Exchanges

    July 21, 2009
    Exchanges offer investors a chance to benefit from transaction fees and additional insight into market trading activity.
  82. McDonald's: Investors Are Lovin' It

    July 16, 2009
    McDonald's $70.7 billion in sales towers above its competitors and it's not showing any signs of weakness.
  83. Papa John's Starting To Sizzle

    July 2, 2009
    In this piece I touch on PZZA and DPZ in more detail.
  84. 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.
  85. Tool Franchisers Fight For Financing

    June 10, 2009
    Snap-on and Matco Tools are competing for franchisees, but less available financing makes it a tough go.
  86. 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 ...
  87. 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 ...
  88. 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.
  89. Dark Horse Candidates To Enter The Dow

    March 4, 2009
    The DJIA is sure to be rebalanced over the next year as some members teeter on bankruptcy or face falling from the index.
  90. 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.
  91. Darden Restaurants Cultivates Its Olive Garden

    January 29, 2009
    This chain's heaping portions of Italian comfort food continue to satisfy cash-strapped diners.
  92. Denny's Is On Simmer

    January 19, 2009
    This is one stock that could provide a generous helping of tasty returns.
  93. Starbucks Serves Up Stale Q4 Results

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

    November 4, 2008
    Burger King increased comps by 3.6% and reaffirmed guidance. Can this success continue?
  95. 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?
  96. 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.
  97. College Dropouts Who Made It Big

    October 8, 2008
    These dreamers who couldn't wait for a college diploma built companies that are outpacing the S&amp;P 500.
  98. Back To The Basics: Safety And Diversification

    September 19, 2008
    With investors freaking out, it is time to examine a small portfolio of stocks to gain diversification and safety.
  99. 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?
  100. 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 ...
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