YUM - YUM! Brands, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.63 (-0.57%)
As of 4:03PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close109.79
Bid100.00 x 800
Ask125.00 x 1000
Day's Range109.04 - 110.24
52 Week Range77.09 - 110.24
Avg. Volume1,483,048
Market Cap33.4B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.42
PE Ratio (TTM)25.67
EPS (TTM)4.25
Earnings DateAug 1, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.68 (1.64%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-05-15
1y Target Est104.76
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  • UBS: McDonald's will maintain dominance in the fast-food industry
    Yahoo Finance Video6 days ago

    UBS: McDonald's will maintain dominance in the fast-food industry

    A new UBS report says McDonald's is still dominant in the fast-food space. This as Evercore initiates coverage of McDonald's, Chipotle and Yum Brands all with "outperform" ratings. Yahoo Finance's Seana Smith and Heidi Chung discuss.

  • Moody's19 hours ago

    Yum! Brands Inc. -- Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Yum! Brands Inc.

    Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Yum! Brands Inc. New York, June 17, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Yum! Brands Inc. and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers.

  • Back By Popular Demand, Cheesy Bites Pizza Pulls, Dips And Pops Its Way Back Onto Pizza Hut Menus For A Limited Time
    PR Newswireyesterday

    Back By Popular Demand, Cheesy Bites Pizza Pulls, Dips And Pops Its Way Back Onto Pizza Hut Menus For A Limited Time

    Temps are rising and so is your appetite for the iconic Cheesy Bites Pizza, back just in time for you to pull, dip and pop your way to a cheesier you. "Only Pizza Hut can bring you a bold creation and epic pizza-eating experience like Cheesy Bites Pizza," said Marianne Radley, chief brand officer, Pizza Hut. "Pizza meets party with this all-time fan favorite, which lets you and your friends soak up some much-needed Vitamin Cheese all.

  • Fast-Casual Vs. Fast-Food: What's the Difference?
    Investopedia2 days ago

    Fast-Casual Vs. Fast-Food: What's the Difference?

    Fast-casual is a subset of the restaurant industry that sits somewhere between fast-food and fine dining, and the concept has caught on with the American public.

  • Is Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) A Good Stock To Buy?
    Insider Monkey4 days ago

    Is Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) A Good Stock To Buy?

    The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the March quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge fund investors experienced strong gains on the back of a strong market performance, which certainly propelled them to adjust their equity holdings so as […]

  • Beyond Meat Gets Beefier as Competition Heats Up
    Zacks4 days ago

    Beyond Meat Gets Beefier as Competition Heats Up

    Beyond meat has tweaked its formula to make its meat substitute meatier but the increased competition is starting to take prices down.

  • Barrons.com4 days ago

    An Amazon Exit Gives Grubhub Stock the Boost It Needs

    Grubhub’s stock, well off 2018 highs, popped on the news that Amazon was exiting the food-delivery business. Can it continue to rise?

  • Benzinga5 days ago

    KFC Is Trialing Vegan Version Of Its Chicken Burger

    KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM ), will trial a vegan version of its original recipe fillet sandwich. KFC said the “Imposter” will be available in selected restaurants in London, Bristol ...

  • Reuters5 days ago

    Yum Brands' KFC testing vegan 'chicken' burger in UK

    Yum Brands Inc's KFC is looking to tap into the popularity of plant-based protein foods by rolling out a vegan version of its classic chicken burger at some outlets in the UK. The new burger, called "the Imposter Burger", will have a fillet made from a meat substitute product, Quorn, instead of its classic chicken breast fillet, the company said in a statement on Thursday. Plant-based substitutes for meat have been all the rage as more people shift towards vegan or vegetarian diets, amid growing concerns about health risks from eating meat, animal welfare and the environmental hazards of intensive animal farming.

  • 6 Mouth-Watering Fast Food Stocks for Growth Investors
    InvestorPlace5 days ago

    6 Mouth-Watering Fast Food Stocks for Growth Investors

    The fundamentals supporting fast food stocks are healthy today, and project to remain healthy for the foreseeable future. That's why I'm bullish on a select list of fast food stocks here and now.Favorable fundamentals will drive out-sized profit growth for these companies, and that growth will push their stocks higher over the next several months and years.Here's the fundamental backdrop. You have a healthy U.S. economy with low unemployment, big wage gains, low borrowing rates, and high consumer confidence. Putting all that together, the U.S. consumer today is about as healthy and as prone to spend as ever.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsMeanwhile, consumers are increasingly fixated with elevated convenience and fast service, so they are increasingly drawn to fast food chains. These fast food chains are simultaneously re-inventing their menus to be more relevant, including incorporating healthier and trendier items like plant-based burgers. They are also improving the ordering process to be more convenient, and those improvements center around pairing up with online food ordering and delivery services.All in all, the fundamentals supporting fast food stocks are quite favorable. Stronger consumers coupled with smarter menu innovation and a strong delivery buildout equals strong growth for fast food chains. * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy With Limited Trade War Exposure With that in mind, let's take a look at 6 fast food stocks to buy for healthy gains over the next several quarters. Fast Food Stocks to Buy: McDonald's (MCD)Source: Shutterstock At the top of this list, we have McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), the king of the fast food industry that has been king for a long time, and projects to remain king for a lot longer thanks to its continued market-leading innovation.On the menu front, McDonald's has refreshed its menu from head to toe over the past several years. The company pioneered the All-Day Breakfast trend. They then introduced more chicken items onto the menu and more premium meat offerings.They've run promotions such as 2-for-$5, which have been huge successes. They've also incorporated bacon into their classic offerings. The company has also dabbled in the plant-based meat craze, offering the plant-based Big Vegan TS in 1,500 restaurants in Germany in April.Meanwhile, on the convenience front, McDonald's has rapidly scaled its presence in the delivery world. By most metrics, McDonald's now has one of the biggest delivery presences of any fast food chain. Also, McDonald's has integrated technology into its ordering processes. Many in-store ordering kiosks are now touch-screen, self-order kiosks.All in all, McDonald's has continued to improve its menu and service over the past the several months and years. These improvements put the company in a favorable position to grow for the foreseeable future as the U.S. consumer economy picks up steam. Yum (YUM)Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrNext, we have Yum (NYSE:YUM), the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.With respect to menu innovation, Yum has done very well. Taco Bell is perhaps the market leader in menu innovation, seemingly rolling out a new, millennial-focused food item every few weeks.Taco Bell has also created ad campaigns to accompany those menu adds (see this Nacho Fries ad), and those campaigns only add to their appeal. KFC and Pizza Hut have been relatively light on the menu innovation front but have still kept their menus up-to-date with current consumption trends. KFC is also thinking about incorporating plant-based options on its menu, too.On the convenience front, Yum has also rapidly expanded its delivery capability through a big partnership with GrubHub (NYSE:GRUB). Those delivery efforts for Taco Bell and KFC are still in their early days, with positive early reception and momentum. As such, the delivery expansion tailwind should remain vigorous for the foreseeable future. * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 In sum, Yum's unique marketing and menu innovation, coupled with delivery build-out at Taco Bell and KFC, should help drive healthy sales and profit growth over the next several quarters. Jack in the Box (JACK)Source: Rojer via Flickr (modified)The third fast food stock which looks ready to rally is Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK).On the menu front, Jack in the Box has taken a unique and strategic approach to wallet share expansion and promotions. With respect to winning wallet share, Jack in the Box didn't just invent new menu items - they invented an entire new mealtime, which they dub "late-night". This late-night menu caters to those who get hungry well past dinner hours, and in creating this menu, Jack in the Box has won consumer wallet-share. Meanwhile, Jack in the Box is finally figuring out how to create discounted combos which offer great value to the consumer without cutting into margins.Meanwhile, like many of the other chains on this list, Jack in the Box has rapidly scaled out its delivery capabilities over the past few years. At the end of last quarter, roughly 90% of all Jack in the Box locations were serviced by at least one delivery service. Thus, as the delivery market gains traction over the next several years, Jack in the Box will be fully levered to that growth, and consequently grow with the market.Overall, Jack in the Box's unique approach to menu additions and promotions, on top of its already huge delivery network, gives the stock a healthy growth outlook over the next several quarters. Shake Shack (SHAK)Source: Abdullah AlBargan via Flickr (Modified)Next up, we have rapidly expanding premium fast casual chain Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK).Shake Shack seems to really understand the importance of menu innovation. The company actually has a dedicated kitchen - dubbed the Innovation Kitchen - for testing and developing new products and LTOs (limited time only offerings). This Innovation Kitchen has cooked up some big new menu adds over the past few months, including Chick'n Bites and new unique shake flavors like tiramisu. So long as Shake Shack keeps pouring resources into the Innovation Kitchen - and so long as that Innovation Kitchen keeps pumping out exciting, new menu adds - Shake Shack's comparable sales performance should remain healthy.With respect to elevated convenience, the delivery business is rapidly scaling, and the company is doing everything it can to optimize that delivery business. Shake Shack is refreshing many of its stores to allow for a more streamlined and efficient pick-up process. All the new units are also being built with this in mind, too. * 7 Dividend Stocks That Are Worth Your Money Broadly, Shake Shack continues to put menu innovation and digital convenience at the forefront of its growth narrative, and in so doing, exposes itself to big growth potential over the next several years. Domino's Pizza (DPZ)Source: Shutterstock One of the more interesting fast food stocks on this list is Domino's Pizza (NYSE:DPZ).On the menu front, Domino's - like many of its peers on this list - is one of the more innovative chains in the fast food world. Domino's started off as a pizza parlor. They are so much more than that now. The menu today includes pasta, chicken, sandwiches, and more. Further, Domino's has been very innovative with its marketing, including doing things like fixing pot holes so consumers don't drop their pizzas. In sum, these menu adds and marketing have kept Domino's atop the pizza game by a wide margin.The convenience story is a bit different. Unlike the other chains on this list, Domino's didn't just build out its delivery business. Domino's has been a delivery business for a long time. As such, the macro-delivery tailwind isn't really a tailwind at all for Domino's. Instead, it translates into more competition in the delivery space.Nonetheless, DPZ's sustained dominance atop the pizza market has enabled it to offset increased delivery competition, and the company has reported healthy comps for the past several years. So long as this remains true, DPZ stock should march higher. Restaurant Brands International (QSR)Source: Shutterstock Last, but not least, on this list of fast food stocks to buy is Restaurant Brands International (NASDAQ:QSR), the parent company of Tim Hortons, Popeye's, and Burger King.Menu innovation has been core to each three of QSR's big chains. Tim Hortons introduced multiple new items to its menu in 2018, including several new hot and cold beverages. Tim Hortons also rolled out Breakfast Anytime. Over at Popeye's, management has relied on LTOs and promotions to drive continued positive comps, such as the $5 tackle box and $5 shrimp offer. Meanwhile, Burger King is on the cutting edge of plant-based meat, and has already launched Impossible Whoppers, which have created a huge traffic surge at participating locations.With respect to convenience, QSR has invested in all the right things to maximize consumer convenience. The company has built out its delivery network to span about half of all its U.S. restaurants. The company has also invested big into self-order kiosks, mobile app ordering, and digital menu boards. * 7 Stocks to Buy for the Coming Recession Net net, QSR has done everything right over the past several quarters on the menu innovation and consumer convenience fronts, and those right moves lay the groundwork for QSR stock to rally over the next several quarters.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long MCD, GRUB and DPZ. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy With Limited Trade War Exposure * 6 Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Big Thing Compare Brokers The post 6 Mouth-Watering Fast Food Stocks for Growth Investors appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Dave & Buster’s Is Coming Back, so Buy the Dip in PLAY Stock
    InvestorPlace5 days ago

    Dave & Buster’s Is Coming Back, so Buy the Dip in PLAY Stock

    Shares of Dave & Buster's (NASDAQ:PLAY) dropped sharply in mid-June after the arcade and themed dining owner reported first-quarter numbers that fell well short of expectations. At the same time, management reduced its full-year revenue and profit guides. Investors were disappointed. PLAY stock dropped more than 20%.Source: Shutterstock This big sell-off, though, is overdone, and with PLAY stock hovering around $40, the medium- to long-term bull thesis looks very compelling here.To be sure, the first quarter numbers weren't good. Comparable sales growth was negative. Revenue growth dropped below 10% for the first time in a long while. Margins compressed meaningfully. Profits growth came in at a multi-quarter low.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 But, if you zoom out, the long term trends here remain favorable. The shift towards an experience economy resonates well for Dave & Buster's comparable sales growth going forward.The unit growth trajectory remains favorable, and Dave & Buster's still projects to grow its unit base by 10% per year over the next several years. Margin compression is moderating and margins should ultimately stabilize.All in all, then, while the near term trends are negative, the long term trends are still positive. Against that backdrop, PLAY stock is trading at its cheapest valuation in recent memory. That combination ultimately paves the way for a huge rebound rally in PLAY stock over the next several months. The Near Term Is UglyThe situation at Dave & Buster's can broadly be summed up in one phrase: it's ugly right now, but it's pretty in the big picture.Right now, things are ugly for the themed dining restaurant and arcade. Comparable sales dropped 0.3% in the quarter, on top of a 4.9% drop last year, so comps are down more than 5% on a two-year basis. That's not good.Further, comps are expected to drop 0.5% this year, versus a 1.6% drop last year, so down more than 2% on a two year basis. That's not good, either. At the same time, margins are compressing, as the adjusted EBITDA margin has fallen by more than 100 basis points year-over-year for three straight quarters.The net result? Profit growth is being muted. A few years back, this was a consistent 20%-plus profit grower. Last quarter, D&B reported just 8.8% profit growth. The Long Term Is PrettyBut, if you zoom out, things are still pretty in the big picture.Most importantly, the experience economy continues to gain mainstream traction, and consumers are increasingly upping spend on experiences.This pivot towards experience-focused consumption benefits Dave & Buster's, since going to D&B is broadly seen by consumers as a fun experience that combines dining and gaming for a fun night out.That's why D&B comps were up 7.3% in 2014, 8.9% in 2015, and 3.3% in 2016. Comps did fall flat in 2017, and have retreated ever since, but that appears to just be normalization after a red hot streak in the middle of the decade.As the laps get easier, the comparable sales growth trend will improve, because the company is aligned with the secular shift towards an experience economy.Further, Dave & Buster's still only operates 127 stores. Management thinks the long term opportunity is 230 to 250 stores. Thus, this company can and will continue to grow its store base by 10% per year for the next several years.Meanwhile, margins are falling, but by less and less each quarter, so margin stabilization seems to be coming in the near future. Once comps improve, margins should improve, too.Overall, then, while negative comps and margin compression is the norm today, it won't be the norm forever. The long term norm here is positive comps and stable margins. D&B will get back to that soon, and when they do, PLAY will rally in a big way. Dave & Buster's Stock Has Big Upside PotentialFollowing the huge post-earnings slide, PLAY now trades at its cheapest valuation in recent memory with a mere 13-times forward earnings multiple.That's dirt cheap for the restaurant sector. The average forward earnings multiple in the restaurant sector is 25. McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) trades at 25-times forward earnings. Yum (NYSE:YUM) trades at 28-times forward earnings. Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK) trades at 20-times forward earnings.More importantly, this valuation discrepancy has nothing to do with growth potential. The average long term earnings growth rate across the restaurant sector is just over 10%. Dave & Buster's will drive 10% unit growth alone over the next several years.Assuming comps come back into slightly positive territory and margins stabilize, that 10% unit growth will produce profit growth well in excess of 10%.Thus, Dave & Buster's has a bigger forward growth trajectory than the average restaurant company, and yet PLAY trades at a huge discount to the average restaurant stock.This disconnect makes no sense and won't last forever. But, while it does last, investors should take advantage of it. This stock has tremendous upside potential from here in the medium to long term. Bottom Line on PLAY StockDave & Buster's had a bad quarter. But, the long term growth trajectory here remains favorable. As such, with PLAY stock plunging and trading at its cheapest valuation in recent memory, now seems like a good time to take advantage of near term weakness.In the medium to long term, PLAY stock will head considerably higher from here.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long PLAY and MCD. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy With Limited Trade War Exposure * 6 Growth Stocks That Could Be the Next Big Thing Compare Brokers The post Dave & Buster's Is Coming Back, so Buy the Dip in PLAY Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • McDonald’s remains brand favorite among consumers: UBS survey
    Yahoo Finance6 days ago

    McDonald’s remains brand favorite among consumers: UBS survey

    Fast-food companies have been facing a lot of challenges in order to stay relevant among consumers, but McDonald's is poised to continue its dominance, according to a new survey.

  • TheStreet.com6 days ago

    McDonald's, Yum Brands, Chipotle Climb Following Evercore Initiation

    were rising Wednesday after analysts at Evercore initiated coverage on the fast-food restaurants with bullish ratings and price targets. McDonald's was initiated with an outperform rating and $225 price target, which represents an 11% upside from its previous closing price. "McDonald's stock and its company have come a long way in the transformation under Steve Easterbrook since 2015, and to some degree we believe this is already recognized with the stock trading at 23.8x 2020 EPS," the note read.

  • El Pollo Loco CEO on Trump-Mexico deal: 'We’re breathing a sigh of relief'
    Yahoo Finance7 days ago

    El Pollo Loco CEO on Trump-Mexico deal: 'We’re breathing a sigh of relief'

    El Pollo Loco CEO joins Yahoo Finance to discuss President Trump's latest threat of tariffs against Mexico.

  • Mountain Dew has a new dew — but you can't get it everywhere
    American City Business Journals7 days ago

    Mountain Dew has a new dew — but you can't get it everywhere

    A smooth-talking pitchman named Sweet apparently has won the heart of Colonel Harland Sanders. Mountain Dew and KFC are partnering to release a new beverage called Sweet Lightning, which has a peach flavor with a hint of honey. KFC said in a news release that the drink will pair with its 11 herbs and spices recipe.

  • MTN DEW Introduces Sweet Lightning® Available Exclusively at KFC - A Bold New Beverage to Pair Perfectly with the Colonel's 11 Herbs and Spices
    PR Newswire7 days ago

    MTN DEW Introduces Sweet Lightning® Available Exclusively at KFC - A Bold New Beverage to Pair Perfectly with the Colonel's 11 Herbs and Spices

    PURCHASE, N.Y., June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountain Dew® and KFC® are partnering to electrify their beverage lineup with Sweet Lightning®, an out-of-this-sky refreshment lit up with a punch of peach and a touch of honey flavors. Available exclusively at KFC restaurants nationwide by July 1, DEW is fixin' up a true-to-its-roots soda that will brighten each and every one of your taste buds. With a "glass is always full" swagger, Sweet strolls into Colonel Sanders' office with his Southern charm and wins him over quicker than a bolt of lightning could strike! The Colonel and Sweet shook on it, agreeing that Sweet Lightning would not be served in any other restaurant, and one sweet deal was struck.

  • Markit8 days ago

    See what the IHS Markit Score report has to say about Yum! Brands Inc.

    Yum! Brands Inc NYSE:YUMView full report here! Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is positive * ETFs holding this stock have seen outflows over the last one-month * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output in this company's sector is contracting Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for YUM with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting YUM. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NegativeETF activity is negative. Over the last one-month, outflows of investor capital in ETFs holding YUM totaled $3.66 billion. Additionally, the rate of outflows appears to be accelerating. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data, output in the Consumer Servicesis falling. The rate of decline is significant relative to the trend shown over the past year, and is accelerating. Credit worthinessCredit default swap | PositiveThe current level displays a positive indicator. YUM credit default swap spreads are decreasing and near the lowest level of the last three years, which indicates improvement in the market's perception of the company's credit worthiness.Please send all inquiries related to the report to score@ihsmarkit.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.

  • How Does Yum! Brands’ Valuation Multiple Compare with Its Peers?
    Market Realist11 days ago

    How Does Yum! Brands’ Valuation Multiple Compare with Its Peers?

    Yum! Brands Up ~4% since Q1 Results: Can We Expect More Upside?(Continued from Prior Part)Valuation multipleInvestors’ expectation that the Fed could cut interest rates this year and optimism surrounding the company’s initiatives have led to an

  • Yum! Brands Up ~4% since Q1 Results: Can We Expect More Upside?
    Market Realist11 days ago

    Yum! Brands Up ~4% since Q1 Results: Can We Expect More Upside?

    Yum! Brands Up ~4% since Q1 Results: Can We Expect More Upside?Stock performanceOn June 6, Yum! Brands (YUM) hit a 52-week high of $108.60 before closing the day at $108.42, which represents a rise of 3.9% since the announcement of its first-quarter

  • Buy Plant-Based Burger Maker Beyond Meat After BYND Stock Soars Following Q1 Earnings?
    Zacks11 days ago

    Buy Plant-Based Burger Maker Beyond Meat After BYND Stock Soars Following Q1 Earnings?

    Let's look at the firm's quarterly results, outlook, and the larger picture to see if now is the time to buy Beyond Meat (BYND) stock.

  • It’s Time to Take Profits in Beyond Meat Stock
    InvestorPlace11 days ago

    It’s Time to Take Profits in Beyond Meat Stock

    It is a dangerous game to take a short position in a cult stock with momentum. For the past few years, vehement Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) bears got run over before the stock finally broke last month. Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) eerily has a similar feel to TSLA pre-May, so bears will need to watch position sizing, especially given heightened market volatility. That said, Beyond Meat stock is up a mind-boggling 200% since it debuted on the Nasdaq at the beginning of May. And with a post-earnings jump up to $115 per share, that gain continues to extend.Source: Shutterstock BYND is one of the IPO names this year that has shown explosive price action to the upside since debuting. A massive gain in a month is not unheard of, but for a plant-based protein company that is being flanked on all sides by competitors (not just Impossible Foods), investors need a reality check. Impossible Leads in Big PartnershipsThe big headline in plant-based foods was the Impossible Whopper doing some magic for Burger King. It was reported that locations in Burger King's test market, St. Louis, outperformed the chain's national foot traffic average by 18.5% in April, after the Impossible Whopper started testing.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThis demonstrates a clear interest by consumers in alternative meat products in fast food chains. They drive traffic and sales. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Could Be Takeover Targets Other big brands like Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) are also in an "exploration phase right now." Kevin Hochman, head of KFC's U.S. division, has been meeting with major suppliers to learn more about plant-based meats. Despite Burger King's success, as YUM demonstrates, fast-food leaders are waiting on the sideline, which doesn't play to BYND stock's favor.Beyond is trying to press its leadership position in the category, but as time passes other food companies like Tyson, Nestle and Kellogg are able to step up their game. That means that investors cannot assume that it will be a shoo-in for Beyond Meat to land big deals.For one, it holds true that vegan meat alternatives tend to be more expensive than traditional meat products, meaning they won't have an obvious appeal to fast-food chains' value-focused customer base. Until they are convinced that the investment will pay, the clock will keep ticking as competitors come up with their own version of the Beyond Burger.It is worth noting on the subject of KFC, that before tinkering with a burger patty, BYND had initially started with a chicken strip product. It was a dud, but as they revitalize that effort, they could have the advantage over Impossible, for example. The Bottom Line on Beyond Meat StockThere is no question that plant-based meats have been gaining traction. As an industry, there is a lot of investor and consumer interest. These are certainly positive tailwinds for Beyond Meat stock, but the price action has been so extreme that BYND seems due for pullback.The first quarter had a good showing, but without a catalyst, which could take the form of a partnership, don't expect the fireworks to continue. The Company doubled revenues and lifted the full-year revenue forecast. Prior to the announcement, the estimate was at $205 million; now that figure is at $210 million.Without new information, I agree there can be some pain ahead for those on the short side. However, for those who understand that gravity always prevails, taking a small short position may turn out to be an excellent trade.As of this writing, Luce Emerson did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks to Buy at Least Yielding 3% * 7 Stocks to Buy That Don't Care About Tariffs * 5 Healthcare Stocks to Pick Up From the Wreckage Compare Brokers The post It's Time to Take Profits in Beyond Meat Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Benzinga11 days ago

    Burger King, McDonald's And KFC's Stance On Plant-Based Meat Products

    There is a huge push for fast-food restaurants to launch meat-free products. This year a number of mainstream fast-food restaurants are joining the meat-free revolution and adding plant-based products ...

  • Minimum Wage? 11 Top Fast-Food CEOs' Pay Averages $6,617 An Hour
    Investor's Business Daily13 days ago

    Minimum Wage? 11 Top Fast-Food CEOs' Pay Averages $6,617 An Hour

    It's been a great year for fast-food restaurant investors. Fast-food CEOs are doing even better — judging by fast-food CEO pay.

  • Jack in the Box's Sales Building Initiatives to Drive Growth
    Zacks13 days ago

    Jack in the Box's Sales Building Initiatives to Drive Growth

    Jack in the Box's (JACK) regular menu innovations, robust delivery channel and various sales boosting initiatives bode well for the company.

  • Chipotle exec: Tariffs could lead us to raise prices 'about a nickel on a burrito'
    Yahoo Finance15 days ago

    Chipotle exec: Tariffs could lead us to raise prices 'about a nickel on a burrito'

    Looming tariffs on Mexican goods could mean higher prices for food at Chipotle.