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July 22, 2014
11:38 EDTNDLS, PNRA, FRGI, CMGChipotle 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).
News For CMG;PNRA;NDLS;FRGI From The Last 14 Days
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September 1, 2015
09:02 EDTCMGChipotle announces partnership with Tapingo
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced a new partnership with Tapingo, a mobile commerce app that saves college students time by providing food pickup and delivery, Chipotle will be available for delivery through Tapingo at 40 college campuses nationwide this fall, and at more than 100 campuses by spring 2016.
August 31, 2015
18:14 EDTCMGChipotle accused of false advertising over GMO-free menu claims, Reuters says
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August 24, 2015
09:03 EDTCMGChipotle price target raised to $740 from $620 at Wedbush
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09:00 EDTCMGChipotle to hire 4,000 people on a single day on September 9
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06:36 EDTCMGChipotle to hire 4,000 employees in one day next month, WSJ reports
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August 19, 2015
10:00 EDTPNRA, CMGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Biocept (BIOC) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Dermira (DERM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Fleetmatics (FLTX) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Gevo (GEVO) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Logitech (LOGI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Navistar (NAV) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Swift Transport (SWFT) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... WEX Inc. (WEX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Zoe's Kitchen (ZOES) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
08:46 EDTPNRAPanera Bread remains our top restaurant pick, says Cowen
Cowen said Panera Bread remains their top restaurant pick after meeting with management. They noted management was bullish given encouraging Q2 results and are trying to balance attention and resources for 2.0 conversions while protecting profitability. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating and $245 price target on Panera Bread shares.

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