Fitch Ratings: Restaurant Stocks are a Mixed Bag

Fitch Ratings has mixed feelings about the restaurant sector: Their recent report calls for “contained” credit risk and “limited” margin growth. Analysts foresee opportunities for limited-service restaurants to counteract the damage with continuous growth of same-store sales and affordable franchising, despite their projection that climbing protein prices will eat away at margins.

Things may ease up for international restaurant operators such as McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) and Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) suffering from the 15% YTD jump in China’s minimum wage as monetary policies become tougher. The reprieve to the companies’ margins could allow them to keep same-store sales in the mid-single digits despite torpor in the U.S.

Here’s how other top restaurant stocks are trading on Fitch’s report:

McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE:MCD): MCD shares recently traded at $98.03, up $1.11, or 1.15%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $72.14 to $98.29. Volume today was 2,208,795 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 6,481,260 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 19.23, while trailing earnings are $5.10 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM): YUM shares recently traded at $58.22, up $0.73, or 1.27%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $46.27 to $58.95. Volume today was 1,827,341 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 4,239,890 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 22.84, while trailing earnings are $2.55 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ:SBUX): SBUX shares recently traded at $43.74, up $0.88, or 2.05%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $30.75 to $44.70. Volume today was 1,727,270 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 7,240,940 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 27.00, while trailing earnings are $1.62 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. (NYSE:WEN): WEN shares recently traded at $5.29, up $0.15, or 2.92%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $4.29 to $5.62. Volume today was 1,344,787 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 5,642,810 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.02 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG): CMG shares recently traded at $337.10, up $2.36, or 0.71%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $212.58 to $347.94. Volume today was 168,100 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 840,325 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 52.51, while trailing earnings are $6.42 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI): DRI shares recently traded at $43.40, up $0.32, or 0.74%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $40.69 to $53.81. Volume today was 842,296 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 2,549,850 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 12.86, while trailing earnings are $3.38 per share. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

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