Despite the global news swirling around Papa John's brand and its controversial founder, John Schnatter, it was a pretty profitable week for pizza restaurateurs in the U.S., with all the brands monitored by this site showing gains last week.
Commodity and pizza stock prices were a true blend of good and bad news last week with the bright spots in this week's report revolving around a plentiful cheese supply and healthy crude oil inventories.
Growing pizza commodity prices, but falling stock prices for most brands, left pizza restaurateurs with a weekend headache and hopes for a better July.
Restaurateurs enjoyed lower costs last week on the commodities markets with cheese, vehicle fuel and some wheat prices falling, while two of the publicly traded pizza brands monitored by this website got votes of confidence from investors.
Despite an all-time high consumer demand, there was downward movement over the last week in some gas prices. Unfortunately, the same trend was in effect for most publicly traded pizza brands.
At the closing bell last Friday, the leadership behind two pizza stocks that have had very different stories this year were both likely going out for a celebratory drink.
Papa John's and Pizza Hut parent, Yum Brands slid in trading last week, but mostly lower commodity prices took some of the sting out of those losses.
Food commodity prices last week dropped in trading, but increasing prices on all types of fuel, including natural gas more than made up for any potential gains their for pizza restaurateurs.
Most pizza stocks monitored by this site took hits last week during trading, though one brand did get some love from Wall Street.
It was a storybook ending last week on the stock market for Domino's and Papa Murphy's.
The breaks that pizza restaurateurs are getting on commodities like cheese and wheat are likely being "eaten up" by surging vehicle fuel and natural gas prices.
Aside from the mounting price of vehicle fuel, it was a very happy Easter week for pizza operators.
The "luck of the Irish" was very selective on the brands it blessed during St. Patrick's Day week.
Just as we reset all our clocks to "spring forward" over the weekend, pizza stocks also spent the last trading week moving up in value.
The annual changing of the seasons is beginning; for proof, look no further than the price of commodities.
All players were heading in their own directions in commodity and brand trading last week.
It was a "bad news, good news" kind of week for most pizza restaurateurs, with some encouragement from gas prices which appear to be finally leveling out over the last month.
There wasn't a lot of love being shown toward pizza operators in either Wall Street or commodities trading last week. A largely business-hostile stock market sell-off preceded this week's annual celebration of love, Valentine's Day.
National Pizza Day deals are everywhere in Pizza-land today, from a free cauliflower pizza crust upgrade at California Pizza Kitchen, to a special "tribute" pizza creation from ice cream QSR, Baskin-Robbins, in the form of their brownie-crusted, ice cream-topped Sweetheart...
The end-of-week stock market plummet Friday took no prisoners, capturing pizza brands as well in its value-depleting trend.