WEN : Analysis & Opinions

  1. McDonald's Can No Longer Thrive on Just Burgers And Fries

    March 20, 2014
    Once an innovator, McDonald's new products like Mighty Wings and McWraps aren't whetting consumer appetites. The burger chain ...
  2. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook

    January 28, 2014
    Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook
  3. Burger King’s Stock Looks Tasty

    October 29, 2013
    Burger King Worldwide yesterday reported it earned an adjusted profit of 23 cents per share two cents higher than analysts ...
  4. McDonald's Wings Not So Mighty As Sales Suffer

    October 21, 2013
    Shares of McDonalds, fell 61 cents to $94.59 on Monday after it reported sales for the quarter ended September 30 of $7.23 ...
  5. 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. ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. The Many Challenges To McDonald's Growth

    October 4, 2013
    Ever since Don Thompson became Chief Executive of McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) last year, he has had a rough go of it. Wall ...
  8. Darden: A Step Ahead in Latin America - Analyst Blog

    July 15, 2013
    Darden Restaurants recently announced deals with two renowned Latin American restaurant operators to spread its presence ...
  9. Wendy's Upgraded to Strong Buy - Analyst Blog

    July 10, 2013
    On Jul 9, 2013, Zacks Investment Research upgraded The Wendy's to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  10. 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.
  11. Jack in the Box to Shut 67 Qdoba Outlets - Analyst Blog

    June 19, 2013
    Jack in the Box will close 67 Qdoba restaurants.
  12. Red Robin Reverted to Neutral - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2013
    On Jun 11, 2013, we reverted our recommendation on Red Robin.
  13. Red Robin Gourmet Now in Chicago - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2013
    Red Robin is set to open a new restaurant in Chicago shortly.
  14. 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 ...
  15. Sysco's Reputation Seems More Durable Than Its Growth

    May 7, 2013
    Sysco seems to be trading more on reputation than reality today.
  16. Sonic Still In A Tricky Spot

    March 27, 2013
    Sonic still can't seem to get back in a sales growth groove.
  17. Bob Evans to Offload Mimi's Cafe - Analyst Blog

    January 31, 2013
    Bob Evans Farms Inc. (BOBE) recently inked an agreement with LeDuff America to sell its French-themed casual dining restaurant ...
  18. McDonald's Seems Back On Track, But Not Cheap

    January 28, 2013
    McDonald's continues to deliver, but valuation is no bargain.
  19. The Battle of the Burgers - Analyst Blog

    November 23, 2012
    With the holiday shopping season officially underway, consumers are flooding stores to grab their share of deals, free gifts ...
  20. The Smart Investor's 5-Step Test To Find The Next Wal-Mart

    November 5, 2012
    For several years, we've read about the deep level of distress among consumers. A tough job market, coupled with the need ...
  21. Restaurant Industry 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 ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. Kellogg Looking Like A Better Part Of A Complete Portfolio

    August 16, 2012
    Kellogg may be seeing the turn in its business.
  25. Central Banks Central to Market Optimism - Analyst Blog

    August 9, 2012
    Central banks remain the primary props behind the all-around air of optimism in the market. And it's just not the U.S. Federal ...
  26. Ahead of Wall Street - August 9, 2012 - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 9, 2012
    Thursday, August 9, 2012 Central banks remain the primary props behind the all-around air of optimism in the market. And ...
  27. Yard House Joins Darden's SRG Arm - Analyst Blog

    July 13, 2012
    In order to further enhance its Specialty Restaurant Group (SRG), Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) recently struck a deal with ...
  28. Restaurant Stock Review & Outlook - June 2012 - Industry Outlook

    June 20, 2012
    The U.S. restaurant industry has ended the first half of 2012 on a positive note despite nagging sovereign debt issues in ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. Burger King Coming Back To The Market

    April 9, 2012
    Burger King's quick return to the market raises questions.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Sonic Stuck In Neutral

    January 6, 2012
    Sonic has been a value trap for shareholders.
  34. 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.
  35. 5 Stocks to Watch For Before Wednesday

    November 8, 2011
    Here are five companies that will be releasing their earnings on November 9.
  36. McDonald's Golden Arches Pour Profits

    October 25, 2011
    McDonald's is booming in this current environment with quality food at an affordable price.
  37. 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.
  38. McDonald's Continues To Reinvent

    July 28, 2011
    McDonalds continues to defy the normal rules of growth and leverage.
  39. Sonic Fine-Tuning Its Strategy

    June 28, 2011
    Sonic represents a value play in the fast food industry.
  40. Is Chipotle Too Expensive?

    June 14, 2011
    Chipotle's stock is off slightly from its 52-week high. Is the stock a good deal, or is it too pricey?
  41. Popeyes' Lucrative Franchise Model

    May 30, 2011
    AFC Enterprises has a goal to further ramp new unit growth, including international locations.
  42. Yum Goes Deeper Into China

    May 17, 2011
    Yum's offer to buy Chinese restaurant chain Little Sheep will extend Yum's considerable presence in China.
  43. Popeyes On A Tasty Growth Trajectory

    March 15, 2011
    AFC Enterprises isn’t a household name, but it is working to build the brand awareness of Popeyes Chicken, which it owns ...
  44. Family Dollar Says No To Trian Buyout

    March 8, 2011
    Family Dollar rejected Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund buyout offer and enacted a poison pill provision.
  45. Investors Flock To Fast Food Stocks

    February 28, 2011
    It may be time for things to heat up in casual dining chains and higher end restaurants, but the future still looks very ...
  46. Yum's Strong China Story Continues

    February 8, 2011
    Yum Brands turned in terrific results for the quarter and year, paced by its continued outstanding growth in China.
  47. Sonic Tries To Sizzle

    January 10, 2011
    Sonic has been in the process of re-working itself and stemming its declines. The market thinks better things are ahead.
  48. Food For Thought At Yum! Brands Annual Meeting

    December 14, 2010
    Yum! Brands' ambitious growth plans overseas makes it one restaurant company to keep your eye on.
  49. Jack Should Set Qdoba Free

    November 25, 2010
    Jack in the Box continues to see diverging performance of its two restaurant concepts.
  50. Chipotle Is On Fire

    October 25, 2010
    Chipotle's phenomenal business model certainly merit a premium valuation on the stock, but as shares approach $200, any pullback ...
  51. Yum! Brands Obsessed With China

    October 6, 2010
    Yum! Brands is relying too heavily on China but still has an enviable performance track record.
  52. Krispy Kreme Turns Donuts Into Dollars

    September 8, 2010
    Krispy Kreme has finally strung together several positive quarters, and is making a strong statement in its fast food niche.
  53. Private Equity Has A Hankering For Fast Food

    September 3, 2010
    Burger King passes to yet another owner with the hopes of a turnaround.
  54. Burger King Offers Affordable Overseas Growth

    August 25, 2010
    Burger King has its sights firmly set on international growth opportunities.
  55. 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
  56. Yum! Brands Trading At Fair Value

    July 16, 2010
    Though domestic trends remain tepid, management was able to control costs at home and minimize a hit to profits.
  57. The Burger Wars

    June 9, 2010
    The Burger Wars are far from finished, but one fast food company certainly has a lead.
  58. Krispy Kreme's Delicious Progress

    June 7, 2010
    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts continues to make progress on many fronts, solidifying its once-shaky operations.
  59. 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?
  60. Investors Unlikely To Get Hosed By Tim Hortons

    May 14, 2010
    A good amount of growth is already priced into Tim Hortons’ stock, but there is still upside potential.
  61. How Commercials Impact Stock Prices

    May 14, 2010
    Commercials can entertain or enrage, but can they move a company's stock price?
  62. Investing In The Food Groups

    April 27, 2010
    We look at many major food companies to see which food group yields the best investment.
  63. A Mixed Menu At Yum! Brands

    April 16, 2010
    Yum's U.S. operations will continue to be a drag on overall sales and profit growth.
  64. Tim Hortons Just Keeps Scoring Goals

    March 3, 2010
    Canadian-based fast-food restaurant Tim Hortons posted revenue and earnings increases in its recent report, which was under-appreciated ...
  65. Yum! Brands Not So Yummy Earnings

    February 11, 2010
    Yum! Brands posted flat revenue for the quarter. The Street wants to see same store sales beef up domestically.
  66. 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.
  67. "Fast Food Nation" Showing No Signs Of Slowing Down

    February 3, 2010
    It may be time for things to heat up in casual dining chains and higher end restaurants, but the future still looks very ...
  68. 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?
  69. Fast Food Players Look Unappetizing

    January 15, 2010
    Sonic's struggles are not uncommon in the fast-food industry.
  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. A Mixed Menu At Yum! Brands

    December 8, 2009
    Yum! needs a more appetizing risk/reward tradeoff.
  72. Don't Drive By Sonic

    December 7, 2009
    Sonic has compelling growth prospects over the long haul and a currently appealing valuation.
  73. Is McDonald's Overcooked?

    November 12, 2009
    McDonald's had a sales slide in the U.S. in October, but there's still plenty of potential.
  74. 5 Stocks To Watch Next Week

    October 30, 2009
    Next week these five companies will announce their earnings. And you should pay attention to the outcome.
  75. Yum! Builds Its Competitive Edge

    October 8, 2009
    Yum! remains a compelling play for those seeking exposure to the less competitive overseas restaurant industry.
  76. Is Burger King Worth Warming Up To?

    August 28, 2009
    Burger King's recent earnings look positive for the long-term.
  77. 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
  78. 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.
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. Sonic Seeks To Reclaim Boom

    April 2, 2009
    This fast food chain should easily overcome current difficulties thanks to its numerous expansion opportunities.
  83. 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.
  84. Is It Time For A Templeton Play?

    March 12, 2009
    This investing guru has scored big on value plays. We analyze the Templeton strategy for today's market.
  85. McDonald's Powers Through Recession

    February 2, 2009
    Despite the market slowdown, is McDonald's still golden?
  86. The King Of Comps

    November 4, 2008
    Burger King increased comps by 3.6% and reaffirmed guidance. Can this success continue?
  87. Brinker Cooks Up Cold Q1 Expectations

    October 15, 2008
    Brinker International, known for Chili’s restaurants, has good longer-term earnings potential. Are the shares worth bottom ...
  88. 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?
  89. McDonald's Q2 Cooks, But Will Shares Sizzle?

    July 28, 2008
    McDonald's crushed second-quarter estimates, yet rising beef and chicken prices mean there could be trouble ahead.
  90. McDonald's Keeps The Heat

    June 11, 2008
    McDonald's released its most recent same-store-sales numbers, and they continue to sizzle.
  91. Burger King's Beefy Q3

    May 5, 2008
    Burger King is cooking its way to profits.
  92. Ackman Stays On Target (TGT)

    January 14, 2008
    Bill Ackman's hedge fund, Pershing Square, upped its stake in Target. We examine what the market may have missed.
  93. Peltz Finds A Partner To Fund His Sweet Tooth (CSG)

    December 13, 2007
    Shareholder activist Nelson Peltz is joining with the Qatar Investment Authority to increase his stake in Cadbury.
  94. 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?
  95. 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.
  96. Papa John's Worth A Bite? (PZZA)

    August 10, 2007
    The pizza chain upped its full-year earnings forecast, but this might not be enough to stop the stock's downward slide.
  97. McDonald's Looking A Little Bloated (MCD)

    July 18, 2007
    The burger-chain continues to report terrific comps, but is there any room left for the stock to move upward?
  98. A Whopper Of A Stock (BKC)

    June 11, 2007
    Burger King has made significant changes that should make it much more competitive going forward.
  99. 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?
  100. Sonic Boom (SONC)

    May 24, 2007
    Fast food chain Sonic is coming off a solid quarter. It has strong prospects and private-equity interest in its sector.
  101. Time For Jack In The Box? (JBX)

    May 18, 2007
    Jack in the Box reported a better-than-expected Q2 - at the right price the shares could deliver strong returns.
  102. Yummy After All (YUM)

    May 4, 2007
    Yum! turned in solid Q1 results, but how solid are the stock's future prospects?
  103. 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.
  104. McDonald's Eats Up The Competition (MCD)

    April 17, 2007
    McDonald's is serving up success, giving its stock plenty of upside potential.
  105. 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.
  106. Margins Matter (MCD, WEN, BKC)

    February 15, 2007
    Just how important are margins on your stocks' prices?
  107. The Mickey D Flip Flop (MCD)

    December 29, 2006
    McDonald's strong operating numbers prompt another look at the fast-food mega chain.
  108. Fast Food Nation!

    July 5, 2006
    With an economic slowdown looming, could these fast food stocks be set to take off?
  109. 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.
  110. The Long Lines Set to Return at Krispy Kreme?

    March 8, 2006
    A look into the potential recovery of the once-mighty doughnut company.
  111. Finally, You Can Have It Your Way

    February 17, 2006
    A look at Burger King's IPO filing with the SEC.
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