Upbeat Restaurant Stocks - Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM), Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI), the Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN)

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New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/18/2013 -- StockRunway.com issues special report on the Upbeat Restaurant Stocks – Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI), The Wendy&aposs Company (NASDAQ:WEN)

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) edged higher on Friday after its chairman and chief executive officer said the goal for his company is to replicate McDonald’s US success in China. In other news, consumer confidence in the U.S. suddenly dropped in March, which may signal a cooling in spending, the biggest part of the economy. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary sentiment index for March moved down to 71.8, the worst level not seen since December 2011, as compared to 77.6 in February. The index was expected to move higher to 78, according to the median estimate of 67 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

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Yum! Brands, Inc.(NYSE:YUM) climbed +0.50% and closed at $70.20 in the last trading session with the total traded volume of 3.50 million shares. That’s more than the average volume of 5.54 million. YUM is now trading above its 50 day moving average of +6.94% and 200 day moving average of +5.87%.

It has outstanding shares of 450.73 million with the total market cap of $31.64 billion and its beta value stands at 0.84 times which shows that stock is less volatile.

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) gained amid news that the company is set to host its Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter conference call on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:30 am ET. The presentation will be given by Clarence Otis, Chairman & CEO, and other senior management to discuss forward-looking information, such as the outlook for the current month or quarter, and the company&aposs previously-announced earnings guidance.

Darden Restaurants, Inc.(NYSE:DRI) added +1.00% with the closing price of $49.37. The overall volume in the last trading session was 2.08 million shares. Its fifty two week range was $44.11-$57.93. The total market capitalization remained $6.39 billion.

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DRI is ahead its 52 week low with 13.12% and its last month price volatility remained 1.84%. Its beta coefficient was 0.87 with a target price of $48.42. In its share capital, the company has 129.36million outstanding shares while 128.46million shares have been floated in market. It has insider ownership of 0.47% with its institutional ownership remained 82.67%. EPS this year advanced 4.85% while the five year EPS growth rate was +7.14%.

The Wendy&aposs Company (NASDAQ:WEN) closed higher after The Street upgraded the stock from hold to buy.

The Wendy&aposs Company(NASDAQ:WEN) increased +0.35% to close at $5.52 in the last trading session and its total traded volume was 4.20 million shares, lower than the average volume of 5.24 million. The company has market cap of $2.16 billion.

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It has net profit margin of 0.16% and operating margin of 1.66%. The stock has positive year-to-date performance of +18.18% and is trading above its 50 day moving average of +6.67% and 200 day moving average of +19.59%.

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