MCD : Analysis & Opinions

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  1. 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.
  2. Income, Value and Growth Stocks

    August 1, 2013
    Investors who buy stocks generally seek one of three criteria: undervalued holdings, growth potential or steady income. The ...
  3. The Value Of Sin Stocks

    July 31, 2013
    On the whole, these sinful stocks offer little value to society, that doesn't mean they don't have value for investors.
  4. Starbucks Shows Why It's Starbucks

    July 26, 2013
    Starbucks Shows Why It&#39;s Starbucks by Stephen D. Simpson, CFA Alright, Will Ashworth, you win this round! One quarter ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. McDonald's Has Eased Off, But Hardly Cheap

    July 22, 2013
    A rotation away from consumer stocks is pressuring McDonald's, as is short-term weakness in sales growth.
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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.
  10. Investing For The Global Diabetes Epidemic

    May 31, 2013
    Sadly, diabetes is quickly becoming a global epidemic. Within these grim statistics, investors can find opportunities with ...
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Sysco's Reputation Seems More Durable Than Its Growth

    May 7, 2013
    Sysco seems to be trading more on reputation than reality today.
  15. Starbucks' Special Model Is Valuable, But Maybe Not This Valuable

    April 26, 2013
    Starbucks continues to deliver good execution, but the valuation demands greatness.
  16. Will Quantitative Easing Be Japan's Savior?

    April 19, 2013
    The quantitative easing program, recently announced by the new governor of the Bank of Japan, Haruhiko Kuroda, is for a cash ...
  17. Sonic Still In A Tricky Spot

    March 27, 2013
    Sonic still can't seem to get back in a sales growth groove.
  18. Chipotle Still Getting The Benefit Of The Doubt

    February 8, 2013
    Chipotle needs to reignite the growth to validate the price.
  19. 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.
  20. McDonald's Seems Back On Track, But Not Cheap

    January 28, 2013
    McDonald's continues to deliver, but valuation is no bargain.
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. McDonald's Opens For Christmas: A Sure Sign Business Is Maxed ...

    December 20, 2012
    McDonald's urges franchisees to open Christmas Day.
  24. Avoid High-Cost Broker Commissions With This Investment Plan

    December 14, 2012
    Online brokers undoubtedly have made investing more affordable and accessible than ever before. Gone are the days when you ...
  25. The 'Controversial' Advice That's Worked Every Time in the Past ...

    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 ...
  26. Up/Downgrades

    November 26, 2012
    New York, November 26th ( – Following are some of the upgrades and downgrades before the market open. Aeropostale ...
  27. 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, ...
  28. 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 have ...
  29. Has A Bad Year Put Chipotle In Value Territory?

    October 19, 2012
    Can Chipotle restore its luster as a growth stock? There is still downside risk in what is still a very highly-valued restaurant ...
  30. McDonald's and Other Services Stocks Making Big Moves on October ...

    October 19, 2012
    The Nasdaq has fallen 1.6%, the S&amp;P 500 has fallen 1% and the Dow has declined 1.1% on a bad morning for the market. ...
  31. McDonald's' Third Quarter Earnings Report

    October 19, 2012
    McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) announced its results for the third quarter on October 19, 2012. McDonald's franchises and operates ...
  32. Buffett Built His Empire Using This Simple Method

    October 16, 2012
    It might be one of the most controversial statements I've ever made. You aren't likely to hear anyone else say it, as it ...
  33. McDonald's Third Quarter Earnings Preview

    October 16, 2012
    On Friday, October 19, 2012, McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) will report its third quarter earnings. Earnings are perhaps the single ...
  34. 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 long-term income ...
  35. Can Casey's Ring Up Better Cash Flow?

    September 13, 2012
    Casey's is showing solid same-store growth in a tough retailing environment.
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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. ...
  38. Kellogg Looking Like A Better Part Of A Complete Portfolio

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

    August 16, 2012
    Sysco is doing better than the restaurant industry, but not better enough.
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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.
  43. 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?
  44. Bull Vs. Bear: Olympic Advertising Is A Waste Of Shareholders' ...

    July 24, 2012
    No company can really say with certainty whether its Olympic sponsorship earned a positive return, which is reason enough ...
  45. Street To Chipotle - Queremos More Growth, Now!

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

    July 20, 2012
    Yum!'s growth story is still intact, but the valuation already includes that.
  47. 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 ...
  48. Food Stocks For The Long Run

    June 26, 2012
    Food certainly is not an exciting business, but excitement invites competition and competition can disrupt profits.
  49. 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 ...
  50. Tobacco Stocks: Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

    May 22, 2012
    Plenty of judgment can be passed on the habit of tobacco consumption and the reality is the habit has been proven to be toxic ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. Sysco Looks Stuck

    May 9, 2012
    Sysco is finding that the old tricks aren't working anymore.
  53. 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 to your ...
  54. McDonald's Is Made For Investors

    April 24, 2012
    McDonald's growth in recent years has been nothing short of stellar, and is expected to continue at a very steady and respectable ...
  55. 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, ...
  56. 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 ...
  57. Buy Emerging or Developed Markets?

    April 19, 2012
    Jim Lowell, editor of Fidelity Investor, shares his view on where in the world to invest, suggesting investors not forget ...
  58. Burger King Coming Back To The Market

    April 9, 2012
    Burger King's quick return to the market raises questions.
  59. 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. ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. 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, ...
  62. 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.
  63. Dividends That Will Keep Growing

    March 26, 2012
    The value that these companies have created over the years is mainly due to the dividends they pay out to investors.
  64. 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.
  65. S&P 500's Most Oversold Stocks

    March 21, 2012
    Several prominent S&amp;P 500 stocks haven’t been bid up to technically overbought conditions in the recent rally, potentially ...
  66. 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 of all, it works, ...
  67. Arcos Dorados Feels The Squeeze

    March 8, 2012
    Arcos Dorados has some near-term pain, but above-average potential for long-term gain.
  68. 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.
  69. Delta: The King of All Option Greeks

    March 7, 2012
    More than the other option "Greeks," Delta has the biggest impact on trading profits and losses, says thinkorswim’s Joe Kinahan, ...
  70. 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 ...
  71. Dunkin' Brands Definitely A Hot Cup Of Coffee

    February 14, 2012
    Dunkin' has great growth potential, but major expectations to match.
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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.
  74. 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 ...
  75. 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.
  76. Zhongpin Could Be Hog Heaven For Investors

    January 17, 2012
    Zhongpin is risky for many reasons, but potentially a big winner.
  77. 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.
  78. 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 ...
  79. 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 ...
  80. Arcos Dorados - Rare Or Overcooked?

    December 22, 2011
    Arcos Dorados has risks aplenty, but it could reward patient growth investors.
  81. 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 ...
  82. December 16, 2011 Market Summary

    December 16, 2011
    The market continues to drift back.
  83. 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.
  84. 5 Stocks For a Stable, Dividend Portfolio

    December 1, 2011
    Five stocks with dividend yields above 2.5% and trade with low volatility.
  85. 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 ...
  86. 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 ...
  87. McDonald's Off The Dollar Menu

    October 28, 2011
    McDonald's is gaining share and continuing to excel.
  88. 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 ...
  89. 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 ...
  90. Monster Stocks Set To Move Higher

    September 8, 2011
    stocks that have been ignoring the markets
  91. 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 ...
  92. 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 ...
  93. Tyson Almost Ready To Serve

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

    July 28, 2011
    McDonalds continues to defy the normal rules of growth and leverage.
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. Investors Feasting on Restaurant Stocks

    June 29, 2011
    Restaurant stocks continue to hit all-time highs.
  98. 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...
  99. 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.
  100. 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 ...
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