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January 31, 2014
10:20 EDTCMG, YUM, JACK, FRGI, CHUYChipotle hits new 52-week high after raising same store sales outlook
Shares of casual Mexican restaurant operator Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) hit a new 52-week high after posting strong fourth quarter comparable store sales and raising its sales guidance for 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Chipotle reported Q4 EPS of $2.53 and revenue of $844.1M against consensus views of $2.53 and $826.3M respectively. The company reported Q4 comparable restaurant sales increased 9.3%. The company raised its 2014 comparable sales growth view to low to mid-single digits from low single digits, citing strong sales momentum from Q4. ANALYST REACTON: This morning, two firms, RBC Capital and Bernstein, raised their respective price targets on Chipotle. RBC Capital raised their price target to $650 from $620. The firm thought the company’s brand momentum remains strong and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Bernstein raised their price target to $640 from $600 and raised its FY14 EPS estimate for the company to $13.48 from $13.34. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early morning trading, Chipotle rose over 13% to $561.57 on heavy volume. Earlier in the session, the stock made a new 52-week high of $564.75 and has gained approximately 82% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Chipotle’s competitors include Yum! Brands' Taco Bell unit (YUM), Jack in the Box' (JACK) Qdoba unit, Fiesta Restaurant Group (FRGI), and Chuy’s (CHUY).
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October 20, 2014
18:29 EDTCMGChipotle expects opening sales volumes of $1.7M-$1.8M or higher
Comments were made in Q3 earnings call.
18:24 EDTCMGChipotle expects food costs to continue rising into Q4 and throughout 2015
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16:31 EDTCMGChipotle lower by almost 2% after Q3 results, guidance
16:29 EDTCMGChipotle sees FY15 low to mid-single digits comparable restaurant sales gains
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16:05 EDTCMGChipotle says comparable restaurant sales growth driven by traffic
Revenue for the quarter was $1.08B up 31.1% from Q313. The growth in revenue was driven by a 19.8% increase in comparable restaurant sales and from new restaurants not in the comparable base. Comparable restaurant sales growth was driven primarily by increased traffic and from an increase in average check, which includes the benefit of a nationwide menu price increase that was fully rolled out by the end of the second quarter.
16:03 EDTCMGChipotle opened 43 new restaurants in Q3
Total restaurant count now 1.724. Food costs were 34.3% of revenue, an increase of 70 basis points, driven by increased prices for beef, avocados, and dairy, partially offset by the menu price increase. Restaurant level operating margin was 28.8% in the quarter, an increase of 200 basis points from the third quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily driven by favorable sales leverage, partially offset by higher food costs, primarily for beef, avocados and dairy. General and administrative expenses were 6.6% of revenue, an increase of 20 basis points due to costs from our biennial All Managers’ Conference held during the third quarter, partially offset by favorable sales leverage.
16:02 EDTCMGChipotle sees FY14 mid teens comparable restaurant sales increases
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16:01 EDTCMGChipotle reports Q3 EPS $4.15, consensus $3.84
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15:30 EDTCMGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:49 EDTCMGChipotle October weekly 650 straddle priced for 7.8% move into Q3
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11:35 EDTCMGChipotle technical view ahead of results
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October 16, 2014
10:33 EDTCMGChipotle Mexican Grill October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 15, 2014
07:28 EDTYUMYum! Brands weakness creates buying opportunity, says UBS
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October 14, 2014
12:51 EDTYUMKFC to open first American restaurant in Myanmar next year, Nikkei reports
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11:21 EDTYUMDomino's Pizza rises after Q3 profits benefit from high cheese costs
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11:17 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:37 EDTYUMDomino's Pizza sees potential for additional 3.8K stores in top 15 markets
Says has 'robust' international business. Says its store count growing faster internationally than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns (PZZA). Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands (YUM). Says now offering voice ordering for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating systems. Says in terms of the franchise's long-range outlook, sees global net units to increase 4%-6%, sees domestic SSS to increase 2%-4%, sees international SSS to increase 3%-6% and sees global retail sales to increase 6%-10%. Comments taken from the company's Q3 earnings conference call slide presentation.
October 13, 2014
12:01 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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October 10, 2014
11:18 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTCMG, CHUYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
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