The dinner bell is ringing
Just my luck. A Panera
Bad weather is the culprit. It's not just Panera. P.F. Chang's
And maybe it's just me, but I figured that Panera would be an all-weather kind of company. It made it through the carb-free Atkins diet craze just fine, right? I understand how inclement weather will keep folks indoors. I'm not that dumb. But wouldn't a warm Panera soup or baked sandwich hit the spot on a cold, wet day?
As an investor with a soft spot for restaurant stocks -- picking Chipotle Mexican Grill
Check out Panera. It's trading at 31 times this year's earnings and a little more than 20 times next year's projected profitability. That's certainly down from a year ago when the P/E was up in the 40s. It's still growing. And, more importantly, if weather really is to blame here, blue skies are never too far away.
S is for Sanjaya
There is more to winning American Idol than a hearty singing voice. Still, the fascination with the vocally deficient Sanjaya Malakar has taken on a life of its own. Whether it's a person on MySpace -- owned by the same News Corp.
One of those beating the drum is Sirius
Stern fans would argue that Howie doesn't need saving. Stern critics would argue that Sanjaya stayed on this past week even as Stern took the week off. The reality lies somewhere in the middle.
It always does.
Until next week, I remain,
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz recommends windshield wiper fluid when trying to look back. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.