Finerman's Food Trades

Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 4:21 PM ET

With gas prices at all-time highs and food and commodity costs soaring, what, if anything, would make a reasonable investor buy a casual dining stock?

Fast Money: Fast Food Call
With Nelson Peltz buying Wendy's, should you also be looking for deals in the casual dining space? Fast Money's Karen Finerman shares her insight.

Speaking on Thursday’s Closing Bell, Karen Finerman said that it would have to be extremely cheap on a valuation basis to become compelling. Gas and food costs have teamed up to cripple even the best and most well-managed causal dining companies. Finerman noted that Chipotle , which is known as best of breed in the space, just reported good earnings but had to guide down due to headwinds from skyrocketing beef, chicken and even avocado prices. If Chipotle can’t persevere, what chance does the rest of the industry have?

YUM! Brands looks a bit more compelling, she said, just because it is seeing strong growth in China. The same could be said for McDonald’s .

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