Goldman Sachs warns that Chick-fil-A is holding a punch out of Wendy’s, KFC, Popeyes

Goldman Sachs has instituted a coverage of a grill zone with a warning to investors: Avoid names that are during risk of losing marketplace share to Chick-fil-A.

Among a bondage that Chick-fil-A is holding a punch out of are Wendy’s Co.

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 , Jack in a Box Inc.

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  , Yum Brands Inc.’s

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  KFC chain, and Restaurant Brands International Inc.’s

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  Popeyes brand. Wendy’s (price aim $17.50) and Jack in a Box (price aim $69) are rated sell.

Goldman Sachs quotes Technomic information display Chick-fil-A is a series 5 chain, in terms of U.S. marketplace share. These at-risk bondage face headwinds from Chick-fil-A formed on store overlap, menu research and consult data.

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“Our code consult shows Chick-fil-A has had a many code movement opposite quick-service restaurants, ancillary a many boost in sum income (in dollar terms) in a U.S.,” a Goldman note said. “In fact, notwithstanding being open usually 6 days a week, Chick-fil-A’s AUVs [average section volumes] are some-more than dual times McDonald’s.”

However, Goldman Sachs rates McDonald’s buy with a $250 cost target. Analysts consider McDonald’s will demeanour to innovate a duck sandwich menu in sequence to contest with Chick-fil-A.

Other bondage rated buy are Shake Shack Inc.

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  (price aim $95), Wingstop Inc.

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  (price aim $135), Starbucks Corp.

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  (price aim $110), and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

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  (price aim $1,000). Goldman calls Chipotle a “top idea” and sees 28% upside to a cost target.

“While shares are adult 80% this year, they have lagged a zone by 100% given 2015 (food reserve concerns),” a note said. “Of note, we design a intensity for menu creation and a transform cycle (designed with digital in mind) to be a absolute matter for continued sales momentum.

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Analysts consider both Shake Shack and Wingstop are “in a early days of enlargement with a intensity to almost grow their section bottom over time.”

Goldman is initiating a restaurants during a time when analysts consider there are a few things operative in a sector’s favor: fast income from increasing refranchising activity, “very clever low-end consumer spending,” increase that are benefiting from digital enhancements, and aloft checks and trade interjection to increasing entrance to smoothness service.

Minimum salary hikes, reduce gas prices and promotions from third-parties like GrubHub Inc.

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  are also assisting quick-service and limited-service restaurants.

“Restaurants is a singular zone in a marketplace that doesn’t nonetheless face Amazon intrusion – digital is assisting to expostulate expansion and profits,” a note said.

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Analysts note there are some downsides to these certain factors. For instance, some franchisees don’t have a collateral to withstand same-store sales volatility, that could lead to store closures and other challenges.

And business are supportive to smoothness charges, with a Goldman consumer consult display that a infancy won’t spend some-more than $6 for a smoothness order.

“A reduction promotional third-party smoothness sourroundings would expected be an critical certain matter for Domino’s,” analysts said.

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Domino’s Pizza Inc.

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  (price aim $280), Dunkin’ Brands Inc.

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  (price aim $85), Restaurant Brands International (price aim $71), and Yum (price aim $115) are all rated neutral.

The Invesco Dynamic Food Beverage ETF

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  has gained 16.8% for a year to date while a SP 500 index

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  is adult 20.5% and a Dow Jones Industrial Average

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  is adult 16.7% for a period.

Tonya Garcia is a MarketWatch contributor covering sell and consumer-oriented companies. You can follow her on Twitter @tgarcianyc. She is formed in New York.

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