Pizza operators got a break from most commodity prices last week, which turns out to be a particularly good thing since three of the four brands monitored here lost a chunk of value over the five days. The exception? Surprise! Papa John's.
Changing weather, politics and consumer demand could foreshadow equally changing commodity and stock prices in the weeks ahead. This week though values for most pizza staple ingredients fell, though most brand values did too.
Commodity and stock prices gave pizza restaurateurs a very nice Labor Day send-off last week — the unofficial end of summer in the U.S.
The end-of-summer weather may be sweltering, but pizza operators had little to sweat last week.
In trading, both commodities and stock, it has been a truly up-and-down week for pizza restaurateurs.
The turmoil around the Papa John's brand expressed itself clearly on the trading floor last week when that chain's value continued to fall, while pizza restaurateurs got a break on auto fuel prices as the summer travel season winds down to a close.
In the annals of pizza concepts with staying power, Colony Grill's multi-cultural rendition of the pie stands tall, and the 83-year-old brand's story is a lesson in the real value of what the American melting pot of cultures means to both the restaurant industry and business in general.
Most pizza brands rebounded in value last week, while commodity prices remained fairly tame.
Last week was a tough one for most pizza restaurateurs as the prices for all essential commodities rose, while all but one brand monitored by this site suffered stock losses.
Toppers is going back to its quirky beginnings by thinking "outside the (pizza) box" when it comes to the brand's menu.
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.