Four fast food chains that seem poised for super-sized gains

As the industry continues to bloom, these stocks appear as compelling growth stories.

Vikram Barhat 19 February, 2016 | 6:00PM

The fast pace of modern life has taken a big bite out of mealtime indulgences. Most of us are grabbing a meal on the go or eating at our workstations. As more people seek convenient meal options -- precooked or preheated and served to-go -- the fast food restaurant industry continues to bloom.

The U.S. fast food restaurant market racked up nearly US$191 billion in revenue in 2013, according to market research firm IBISWorld. By 2018, this figure is forecasted to exceed US$210 billion, generating increasing revenue year after year.

The fast food industry is not without its challenges, most of which are posed by economic uncertainty and changing perceptions about health. However, many fast food chains have continued to grow by adopting new practices and offering new products through menu innovation. They are also expanding their global footprint to fast growing emerging markets in order to offset sluggishness in the more saturated developed markets.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar Rating
Dunkin' Brands Group Inc71.55 USD-2.92
Restaurant Brands International Inc81.95 CAD-1.86
Starbucks Corp80.67 USD-1.85
Yum Brands Inc97.50 USD-0.46

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Vikram Barhat

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