Shares of Shake Shack, the popular fast-food chain, skyrocketed 22% to $95.36 following the release of its financial results, which exceeded analysts' expectations. This marks the stock's largest percentage increase since March 2020 and its highest closing price since August 2021.

For the fourth quarter, Shake Shack reported earnings of two cents per share on revenue of $286.2 million. This surpassed analyst predictions of one cent per share on revenue of $280.2 million. In comparison, during the same period last year, the company reported a loss of six cents per share and revenue of $238.5 million.

Chief Executive Randy Garutti expressed satisfaction with the strong finish to the year, attributing it to successful sales-driving strategies and ongoing margin expansion.

Additionally, Shake Shack reported a 2.8% growth in same-store sales during the period, outperforming expectations of 1.6%. The company attributed this growth to both increased traffic and pricing.

While Shake Shack's stock soared, other fast-food stocks experienced mixed performance on Thursday. Wendy's shares fell by 3.6% due to disappointing guidance, while McDonald's stock saw a modest increase of 0.3%. Burger King owner Restaurant Brands International observed a 1.8% rise, and Taco Bell owner Yum! Brands recorded a gain of 0.9%.

In conclusion, Shake Shack's impressive financial results and stock surge demonstrate the company's continued growth and success in the fast-food industry.

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