If you're aiming to "buy low and sell high," then it makes infinite sense to start your search with bargain-priced stocks. Regularly reviewing a list of stocks trading near their 52-week lows can be a great first step.

In this series, I do the initial legwork for you. To prevent us from being inundated with scores of disparate companies, I conduct my search by industry. This allows us to make some initial comparisons among semi-related companies.

Today, let's look at the restaurant space. Below are the 10 stocks that are within 20% of their 52-week lows and have market caps above $200 million.

Company

Recent Price

52-Week Low

52-Week High

P/E Ratio (Trailing)

Dunkin' Brands (Nasdaq: DNKN) $27.89 $24.97 $31.94 40.2
Jack in the Box (Nasdaq: JACK) $20.89 $18.25 $24.51 17.6
Denny's (Nasdaq: DENN) $3.58 $3.11 $4.37 14.9
Cracker Barrel (Nasdaq: CBRL) $42.98 $37.31 $57.79 11.9
Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) $54.14 $46.27 $57.75 21.2
Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO) $23.09 $19.70 $29.43 45.2
Wendy's $5.09 $4.29 $5.62 NM
Darden Restaurants $48.50 $40.69 $53.81 14.3
Texas Roadhouse (Nasdaq: TXRH) $14.58 $12.21 $18.52 17.8
The Cheesecake Factory $28.36 $23.65 $34.07 19.3

Sources: S&P Capital IQ, Yahoo! Finance.

Although each of these restaurants trade near their 52-week lows, we should note that the price ranges we're seeing are relatively tight overall. You can see that none of the 52-week highs is twice its corresponding 52-week low. That may seem like a big gap, but it's quite common.

The company with the lowest P/E ratio in the group is Cracker Barrel, whose stock has been eyed by Biglari Holdings. Biglari recently upped its stake in Cracker Barrel from 9.3% to 9.9%.

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