Face-Off on Stocks: McDonald's, Yum, Wendy's/Arby's

fast-food restaurants appear to have put the worst of the downturn in consumer discretionary spending behind them, but new industrywide challenges have emerged for 2011. That got us wondering if there's fast money to be made in fast-food stocks -- or if shares are too hard to swallow at current levels.

Wendy's/Arby's Group Considers Spinning Off Arby's

Wendy's/Arby's Group, the third-largest U.S. fast food company, said Thursday it is considering selling the Arby's chain to focus on the Wendy's brand. Arby's is the second-largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S., but its performance lagged behind Wendy's during the downturn.

Coupon for Free Fries at Wendy's

Get free fries at Wendy's with this coupon for their new natural cut fries with sea salt. The fries are made from whole russet potatoes and come with...

Wendy's/Arby's Reports Loss for Third Quarter

Wendy%u2019s / Arby%u2019s Group (WEN) reported a net loss of $900,000 for the third quarter, compared with a profit of $14.7 million for the third quarter of 2009. Revenues at the fast-food company dropped to $861.2 million for the quarter, compared with $903.2 million a year earlier, the company said in a statement. Sales at stores open at least one year fell 1.7% in North America.

Coffee Break: Hilary Kramer's Post-Election Stock Picks

Grab a cup of java and listen to this short video of Hilary Kramer, respected investment adviser and editor of GameChangerStocks.com. Now that the elections are over and the Republicans have control of the House of Representatives, Kramer says that trillions of dollars on the balance sheets of corporations will be put to good use. Here's how you can profit.

Wendy's going to Moscow (and Siberia)

According to ABC News, Wendy's is planning to enter the Russian market in 2011. Sources say that Wendy's is in talks to sign a franchise agreement...

Wendy's Buyout: Suitor Would Get a Tasty Value

No. 3 fast-food company Wendy's/Arby's Group has seen its stock jump during the last couple of days thanks to buyout chatter. An unnamed party has indicated interest in a deal, and given the company's current business situation, that deal could be something of a bargain.

A Free Lunch, Courtesy of the BK Lounge

I've never seen a Burger King with a doorman, but the restaurant near New York's Penn Station sported a formidable guard at the entrance and an honest-to-goodness velvet rope. Apparently, the company was going all out to introduce its new burgers, as well as a new eco-friendly oven.

Wendy's expands 99-cent menu

Wendy's is the latest fast food chain to expand its 99-cent menu, adding the double-stack cheeseburger, the junior bacon cheeseburger, and the crispy...