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July 22, 2014
11:38 EDTCMG, PNRA, NDLS, FRGIChipotle hits 52-week high after beat and raise quarter
Shares of fast casual restaurant operator Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) are rallying after the company's second quarter results handily beat analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal 2014 comparable restaurant sales outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Chipotle reported Q2 earnings per share of $3.50 and revenue of $1.05B, easily beating analysts' consensus estimates of $3.08 and $988.94M, respectively. Q2 comparable restaurant sales increased 17.3%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chipotle raised its FY14 comparable restaurant sales outlook to mid-teens growth from high single digit growth. It forecast 180195 new restaurant openings in 2014. On the company's earnings conference call, management said throughput improved significantly during both lunch and evening hours and they expect that trend to continue for a "long, long time." They see a solid pipeline for potential new sites for this year and beyond, noting that 70% of new stores will be in developed markets. They targeted 30% restaurant operating margin in late 2014 or early 2015, up from about 27% currently. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Five separate firms - Piper Jaffray, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, RW Baird, and RBC Capital - all raised their respective price targets on Chipotle. Among those, Baird took its target on the stock to the highest level, hiking its target on the stock to $800 from $650. Baird called the company's Q2 results "impressive" and said it remains highly confident in Chipotle's fundamental outlook, robust traffic momentum and long-term growth prospects. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Chipotle rose $72, or about 12%, to nearly $662 per share on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week high of $663.43. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 65% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the fast casual restaurant space include Panera Bread (PNRA), Noodles & Company (NDLS) and Fiesta Restaurant Group (FRGI).
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September 16, 2014
07:56 EDTFRGIPiper Jaffray to hold a field trip
Restaurant Field Trip travels throughout Dallas, Texas on September 16.
September 15, 2014
09:28 EDTCMGChipotle Q3 sales estimate 18%-19% vs. consensus 16.5% at ITG Research
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06:11 EDTCMGYum! Brands looking beyond pizza, tacos to Banh concept, USA Today reports
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September 10, 2014
17:36 EDTCMGPenn State Chipotle closed after workers quit, The Daily Collegian says
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10:00 EDTNDLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: African Barrick Gold (ABGLY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Raymond James... Callon Petroleum (CPE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Coach (COH) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Hartford Financial (HIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Huntsman (HUN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... L Brands (LB) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Marcus (MCS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
08:42 EDTCMGChipotle price target raised to $775 from $700 at Oppenheimer
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05:51 EDTNDLSNoodles & Company upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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September 9, 2014
15:07 EDTPNRAPanera Bread announces integration With Apple Pay
Panera Bread (PNRA) announced an integration with Apple Pay, Apple's (AAPL) new mobile payment system for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or Apple Watch. Panera Bread will accept Apple Pay in all participating bakery-cafes in the United States once Apple Pay hits the market this fall. In preparation for the rollout, Panera will integrate Apple Pay into the Panera Bread iOS App and install VeriFone (PAY) payment terminals in company owned and franchise bakery-cafes across the United States to support contactless and Near Field Communication payments.
13:58 EDTPNRAStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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10:35 EDTCMGGundlach says Chipotle shares 'horribly' overvalued
DoubleLine Capital's Jeff Gundlach is speaking on CNBC.
September 4, 2014
11:54 EDTNDLSNoodles & Company management to meet with Jefferies
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