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Which Pizza Stocks Deliver for Investors?

Check out the report cards for national chains vying for a bigger piece of the pie

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There’s a ferocious battle brewing among pizza chain stocks — and companies that can’t stand the heat might need to get out of the kitchen. Domino’s (NYSE:DPZ), for example, recently reported a 22% jump in profits and shares bounced to an all-time high as a result.

Pizza is still the “go-to” food for folks who are too busy to cook. In 2012, sales at U.S. pizza restaurants surged to more than $36 billion last year, according to a report from research firm Packaged Facts. A whopping 97% of adults eat pizza and 93% have bought from a pizza restaurant in the past 12 months — one key reason pizza chain sales are on the rise.

Still, consumers remain price sensitive and pizza chains also must be aware of two trends that are reshaping the market: a desire for healthier food and more exoticchoices.

With that in mind, let’s break down four publicly traded pizza stocks and see which one serves up the most flavor for investors:

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