Restaurant stocks benefit from investor sentiment, economic factors

Restaurant stocks benefit from investor sentiment, economic factors

Values remain high heading into earnings season

With the outlook for sales and profits at their post-recessionary peak, investors have been putting money into restaurant stocks this year.

The NRN Restaurant Index has risen more than 7 percent so far in 2015, even though it has fallen more than 1 percent over the past month. Restaurant stocks have risen more than 14 percent over the past six months.

By comparison, the S&P 500 Index has increased 2 percent in 2015, and S&P Consumer Discretionary stocks have in

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