Wendy's squares away a solid fourth quarter

The chain's positive preliminary earnings make the market sit up and take notice.

By Motley Fool Investor Beat Jan 13, 2014 5:24PM
Angular-burger architect Wendy's (WEN) reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings Monday morning, and the preliminary results make it clear the fast-food giant is closing out 2013 with a bang. The company also forecast strong full-year earnings, further cheering investors, and sending shares as much as 8% higher in early trading.

Wendy's has been undergoing a long-term overhaul of its public image, most notably with its commercials, which now star a 20-something, redheaded spokeswoman.
The company has also added compelling new products to its line-up, including the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and the Pretzel Bacon Pub Sandwich, as well as the Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche. These new sandwiches are being credited with lifting same-store sales by 1.9%.File photo of a Wendy's sign (© David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman notes Wendy's stock has easily outperformed Burger King shares and McDonald's stock over the last six months, due in part to its ongoing restructuring. Taylor likes the stock going forward, and thinks it's good exposure for investors who want to enter the fast-food space.

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Jan 13, 2014 9:04PM
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What's a fourth quarter?

Is that a new item on the menu?

I'll stick with my favorite burgers served at Car's Jr. and Burger King. MMMMMM........

Jan 14, 2014 1:30AM
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Wendy's ruined their fries. They need to make them thicker again.
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