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Who Is Winning the Burger War?

Stock quotes in this article: BKW, JACK, MCD, RRGB, SONC, WEN

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Almost everyone loves a good burger, and in today's economy, the six burger chains we profile today are seeing reasonable demand from consumers trying to save a buck. Four of the six have year-to-date gains and two have modest losses. Dow component McDonald's (MCD)MCD is fractionally higher.

We crunched the numbers to help you decide if and when to invest. Here are the six profiles, and today's 'Crunching the Numbers' tables follow.

Burger King (BKW)BKW ($25.70) is up 12.4% year-to-date and is down 8.1% from its March 13 high at $27.97, which puts the stock below its 21-day and 50-day simple moving averages at $26.48 and $26.09. The 200-day SMA is a major support at $21.88.

The weekly chart will end the week negative given a close below its five-week modified moving average at $25.85. Monthly and weekly risky levels are $27.11 and $27.99.

Jack in the Box (JACK)JACK ($58.28) is up a leading 16.5% year-to-date and is down 7.3% since setting an all-time intraday high at $62.90 on March 18. This puts the stock between its 21-day and 50-day SMAs at $59.78 and $56.80 which held at Tuesday's low.

The weekly chart is positive but overbought as Jack's last spring out of the box appears parabolic and a stock-specific bubble that's ready to pop. Quarterly and semiannual value levels are $57.44 and $42.57 with monthly and weekly risky levels at $58.45 and $64.46.

McDonald's ($98.35) is up just 1.4% year-to-date and is down just 0.7% since setting its 2014 intraday high at $99.07 on March 12. The stock is above all five moving averages shown in our first table.

The weekly chart is positive with the five-week MMA at $96.87. Monthly and quarterly value levels are $94.56 and $92.23 with a weekly pivot at $97.17 and annual and semiannual risky levels at $106.59 and $111.95.

Red Robin Gourmet (RRGB)RRGB ($72.13) is down 1.9% year-to-date and down 9.8% since setting its 2014 intraday high at $80.00 on Feb. 14. The stock has crossed its 21-day, 50-day and 200-day SMAs at $72.06, $71.73 and $69.33.

The weekly chart is shifts to negative with a close this week below the five-week MMA at $72.19. Quarterly and semiannual value levels are $71.07 and $64.49 with weekly and monthly risky levels at $80.09 and $87.81.

Sonic Corp.  (SONC)SONC ($22.05) is up 9.2% year-to-date and is down 6.4% since setting a multiyear high at $23.56 on March 26. The stock traded as low as $16.94 on Feb. 5, which was a test of its 200-day SMA at that time. Sonic closed Wednesday a penny below its 21-day SMA at $22.06.

The weekly chart is positive with its five-week MMA at $21.22. Given a weekly close below the five-week MMA the downside is to semiannual value levels at $14.51 and $12.30. Quarterly and monthly risky levels are $23.80 and $23.91.

Wendy's (WEN)WEN ($8.63) is down just 1% year-to-date, but is down 16% since setting a multiyear intraday high at $10.27 on Feb. 26 as the grill cooled at this burger joint. Wednesday's low at $8.42 just above its 200-day SMA at $8.37.

The weekly chart is negative with its five-week MMA at $9.05. Semiannual value levels are $6.80 and $6.60 with a quarterly pivot at $8.52 and weekly and monthly risky levels at $9.44 and $10.43.

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