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Yum Brands Sales Fall Less Than Expected in China

A 20 percent drop in sales in a key market is usually not good news for investors, but it works this time around for Yum Brands. That's what happened to a key measure of sales in China in the first quarter, but it'€™s not as bad as was feared.

The 9 Worst Corporate Stadium Names in America

Last week, Florida Atlantic University announced plans to sell its stadium naming rights to GEO Group, a privately-owned prison corporation with an spotty reputation. But it'll hardly be the first time someone put a questionable name on large sports venue.

Market Minute: KFC Parent Yum Slammed by Chicken Scare in China

Yum Brands warned Monday that it expects its profit for the year to decline as the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell continues to reel from a controversy over its chicken suppliers in China. A drop in 2013 would snap an 11-year streak of profit growth of at least 13 percent.

Midday Market Minute: Pizza Hut to Roll Out Tiny New Pies

Pizza Hut is introducing "pizza sliders" Monday, which are smaller than its personal pies and can be ordered in batches. The roll out of the sliders right after the Super Bowl is intended to generate excitement during a time when people may be sick of pizza.

McDonald's November Sales Figure Rises

McDonald's said Monday that a key sales figure rose in November, as U.S. customers snapped up the world's biggest hamburger chain's breakfast offerings and limited-time Cheddar Bacon Onion sandwiches. The increase follows a decline in October.

Dow Posts Largest Percentage Drop Since July

Chevron shares dropped 4.2 percent to $112.45 after it said third-quarter profits would be "substantially lower" than the previous quarter, while Alcoa fell 4.6 percent to $8.71 after it posted a quarterly loss. The company cut its outlook for global aluminum demand, citing a slowdown in China.

Why Domino's Pizza Will Never Be Great Again

Shares of Domino's hit a new 52-week high this week. The stock has more than doubled this year. The company has beaten Wall Street's profit targets for three consecutive quarters, and analyst projections keep inching higher. Is the author really going to let one exceptionally bad experience with the Pizza Tracker cloud his judgment?

Don't Give Up On This Yummy Stock

The market wasn't overly impressed with Yum! Brands' quarterly report on Tuesday night. The company that watches over Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut has seen domestic business fall by 2% to 3% at each of its three chains. But Yum! fared substantially better in China, with its popular KFC scoring a whopping 19% spike in comps.

Five Restaurant Stocks Worth Sampling Now

Legendary investor Peter Lynch espoused the philosophy "Buy what you know." Well, who doesn't know restaurants? We know where the crowds are, and we know what we like to eat. Here are five chains that managed to grow during the market lull, positioning themselves perfectly for the future.

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.

KFC Takes Aim at African Market

Yum Brands Inc, (YUM) owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut brands, is taking aim at the fast-growing African market for fast food. The company, based in Louisville, Ky, plans to double the number of KFC restaurants in Africa to 1,200 by 2014, The Wall Street Journal said. It hopes to double its revenue from the continent to $2 billion over the next four years.