Americans are really busy, and always on the go. As a result fast food stocks have experienced a huge surge in investment and returns over the past half century. Here are some of the options in the fast food industry.
McDonalds (MCD)is one of the largest restaurant chains in the world. The company has been growing the business through a new product mix starting with salads and chicken sandwiches. MCD pays a nice healthy dividend and has raised that dividend each year since 1976.
In 2008, Arby's and Wendy's merged to improve operational performance at the two struggling chains. The newly combines company trades under the symbol: WEN. Wendy's/Arby's Group pays a quarterly cash dividend.
Sonic (SONC) operates approximately 3500 stores. It went public in the early 90's and saw a dramatic rise in price, over the last few years it has lagged the performance of some of its peers, however the company is quite profitable, and retains earnings to increase expansion opportunities. Sonic, is unique from the other fast food chains in that it offers curbside delivery by employees on roller skates.
YUM is the ticker symbol for a large diversified holding of popular fast food franchises including Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silvers, A&W, and KFC. This company has had explosive growth in emerging markets with all of its brands, but especially KFC. YUM holdings operates approximately 37,000 stores and operates in over 100 countries worldwide. It pays a quarterly cash dividend.
While not a direct fast food play, Starbucks (SBUX) has been expanding into breakfast, and lunch items along with serving its flagship coffee products. The operates over 16,800 stores across many countries. It pays a nice quarterly dividend, and the company is known for its ethical treatment of farmers, suppliers and associates.
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