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McDonald's (MCD), Yum! Brands (YUM) and Darden Restaurants (DRI) are three mainstay mass-market restaurant names that span a range of palates and price points. But, over the past 12 months, what all have had in common has been either subpar growth (at McDonald's) or outright negative profitability trends.

Did the past year constitute an outlier event, or are business prospects getting worse? Analysts have ratcheted down their 2013 estimates for Darden and Yum while remaining somewhat optimistic on McDonald's' ability to regain its mojo pretty rapidly....267 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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