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Best Performing Fast Food Stocks of 2019

Updated May 7, 2019
Fast food, also sometimes referred with the concern-raising overlapping term called junk food, is a big business across the globe. In the fast-paced life, individuals are finding it tough to even spare a suitable duration of time to have their food, aiding the business of fast food companies. Additionally, the growing population of youngsters whose taste-buds demand the quick-service food items, and the trend to grab the quick bite is also helping the companies in the business of fast food to flourish.
Although concerns have been raised owing to the ill-effects on health by regular consumption of such food items, the companies in the fast business have attempted to address them by launching healthy variants of offerings. Those include nutrition-rich healthy diet items, natural beverages based on fruits, and use of less oil and fats.
Among the various Fast Food companies whose stocks are listed on stock exchanges, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Fast Food stocks?
This article provides a list of Fast Food stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2019 so far till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Fast Food stocks between the end of the previous year and May 3, 2019, and the top 10 return generating Fast Food stocks are listed below.
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Top Fast Food Stocks With Highest Returns

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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Fast Food sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (CORE) 2) Yum China Holdings, Inc. (YUMC) 3) Shake Shack, Inc. (SHAK) 4) Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR) 5) Wendy's Company (WEN)
 6) Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (DNKN) 7) Biglari Holdings Inc. (BH) 8) Yum! Brands Inc (YUM) 9) J and J Snack Foods Corp. (JJSF) 10) McDonald's Corp. (MCD)
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Performance of Top Fast Food Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Core-Mark Holding

Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc., incorporated on August 20, 2004, is a wholesale distributor to the convenience retail industry in North America. The Company provides sales, marketing, distribution and logistics services. ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The California, CA-based Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (CORE) belongs to the Consumer Non-Durables sector and is categorized as a Food Distributors company. The stock of Core-Mark Holding ended the previous year at a price of $23.25 per share. As of May 7, 2019, the stock price has reached $36.58 apiece, which indicates a change of 57.33 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Fast Food for the year 2019 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $1.06 billion. It has now changed to $1.68 billion as of writing. Core-Mark Holding continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Yum China

Yum China Holdings, Inc. owns, operates, and franchises restaurants in China. The company operates in two segments, KFC and Pizza Hut. It operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, East ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Texas, TX-headquartered company Yum China Holdings, Inc. (YUMC) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Fast Food of 2019. The Consumer Services sector business falls under the Restaurants industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2019, the stock price of Yum China has changed by 41.25 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $33.53 per share and year-to-date closing price of $47.36 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $12.71 billion to $17.95 billion during the same period. Along with Fast Food, the company is also in the business of Consumer Services, Restaurants, Consumer Cyclical, China, Coffee, among other usual products and services.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack Inc., incorporated on September 23, 2014, operates roadside burger stands. The Company serves an American menu of burgers, hot dogs, crispy chicken, frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, shakes, ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Shake Shack, Inc. (SHAK) for being among the top performing stocks of 2019. Headquartered in New York, NY, the Consumer Services sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Restaurants. Since the start of the year 2019, stock of Shake Shack has so far gained 32.54 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $45.42 per share and year-to-date price of $60.2 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1.68 billion to $2.24 billion. The stock of Shake Shack continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Restaurant Brands International

Restaurant Brands International Inc. owns, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants under the Tim Hortons (TH), Burger King (BK), and Popeyes (PLK) brand names. The company operates through three segm ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2019, Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR) was successful in generating YTD returns of 27.67 percentage which helped it gain the number four spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2019 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Toronto, ON-based Restaurant Brands International closed at a price of $52.3 per share, while it traded at a price of $66.77 per share as of May 7, 2019. The company's market cap changed from $24.51 billion to $30.8 billion during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Consumer Services industry sector and further specialized as a Restaurants sector business.

Wendy's

The Wendys Company, incorporated on May 6, 1994, is the parent company of subsidiary holding company Wendys Restaurants, LLC (Wendys Restaurants). Wendys Restaurants is the parent company of Wendys International, ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Ohio, OH-based Consumer Services sector company Wendy's Company (WEN) holds the five spot among the best performing stocks of the Fast Food sector. Classified as the Restaurants business, the stock price of Wendy's ended the previous year at a price of $15.61 per share while it reached the level of $18.43 apiece as of May 7, 2019 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 18.07%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $4.26 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Wendy's in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Dunkin' Brands

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, franchises, and licenses quick service restaurants worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Dunkin' Donuts U.S., Dun ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (DNKN) has moved by 15.49 percentage over the given period of 2019-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Services sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $64.12 apiece to the price of $74.05 per share between the end of December of the previous year and May 7, 2019. The smart run of the Massachusetts, MA-based Restaurants sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $5.3 billion to $6.12 billion over the same duration. Dunkin' Brands is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Biglari

Biglari Holdings Inc., incorporated on December 15, 1976, is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in various business activities, including media, property and casualty insurance, and restaurants. The Companys segments ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
At number seven in the list of top stocks stands Biglari Holdings Inc. (BH), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $113.58 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $130.22 per share as of May 7, 2019. It translates to a change of 14.65 percentage. The Texas, TX-headquartered Consumer Services sector company also saw its market value change from $351.54 million to $407.49 million. The Restaurants specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Yum! Brands

YUM! Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. It operates in three segments: the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Yum! Brands (YUM) generated percentage returns of 11.75 percent during the 2019 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $91.92 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $102.72 per share as of May 7, 2019. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $28.71 billion to $31.42 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Services speciality business with further classification in the Restaurants sub-category. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the YTD performance of the Fast Food sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

J and J Snack Foods

J & J Snack Foods Corp. manufactures, markets, and distributes nutritional snack foods and beverages in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. It operates in three segments: Food Service, Retail Super ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Based on the market-cap change from $2.72 billion to $3.04 billion during the given months of the year 2019 and the share price change from $144.59 per share to a price of $161.48 per share as of May 7, 2019, J and J Snack Foods Corp. (JJSF) was successful in generating YTD returns of 11.68 percentage. Standing at the number nine rank in the top performing list of Fast Food stocks, the Pennsauken, NJ-based J and J Snack Foods is categorized as the Specialty Foods sub-sector business which falls under the larger Consumer Non-Durables sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

McDonald's

McDonalds Corporation (McDonalds), incorporated on December 21, 1964, operates and franchises McDonalds restaurants. The Companys restaurants serve a locally relevant menu of food and drinks sold at various price points ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Fast Food sector is taken by McDonald's Corp. (MCD). The company's stock price changed from $177.57 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $197.52 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 11.24 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Oak Brook, Illinois-based Consumer Services sector company was from $136.9 billion to $150.81 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Fast Food sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
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