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Super Tout Jim Cramer on DineEquity (DIN): Buy Buy Buy!

Despite restaurant stocks trading at or near their all-time highs, no one loves the industry as much as CNBC Mad Money’s stock touter-in-chief, Jim Cramer. Cramer told his March 3rd television audience that he likes the restaurant sector in general because of cheaper gas prices, and DineEquity in particular, because of the company’s 100% franchise model and category leading brands in Applebee’s and IHOP.


Buffett Trashes Private Equity in Berkshire’s 2015 Shareholder Letter

Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letters are dissected by millions of financial types looking for great investment advice each year. And, why not? Over the past 50 years, Berkshire Hathaway’s book value has grown from $19 per share to $146,186, a compound annual rate of 19.4%.


Higher Beef Costs Temper Carrols (TAST) Comp Growth; May Refinance Debt

A double-digit spike in year-over-year ground beef prices took some of the luster away from solid comp store sales growth at the 674-unit Burger King franchisee, Carrols Corp (TAST). In an earnings call with investors and analysts held earlier today, the largest licensee in the Burger King system said beef prices hit $2.66 a pound during the fourth quarter, a 32% rise from prior year levels, which diluted somewhat a 3.6% system wide same store sales jump.


The Noodles Share Smackdown

Noodles & Company (NDLS) was taken to the investor woodshed last Friday as its share price dropped $8.84, or 32% from the day before. The reason? The up & comer and oft-mentioned heir to the “next Chipotle” crown, reported disappointing 4th quarter and full year 2014 sales trends as compared to other restaurant chains who are registering strong sales this reporting season.


Groveland Seeks to Oust Sardar Biglari Cites Steak n’ Shake Brand and Franchisee Network Are at Risk

Groveland Capital filed a proxy statement on February 12th offering a fresh slate of directors to replace the existing directors of Biglari Holdings, operator and franchisor of the Steak n’ Shake restaurant chain.


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