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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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April 21, 2014
05:38 EDTYUMYum! Brands downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Yum! Brands to Neutral citing valuation as it believes shares are already pricing in a China recovery through FY15. The firm raised its price target for shares to $80 from $77.
April 17, 2014
16:31 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:28 EDTCMGChipotle continues post-earnings slide, levels to watch
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14:16 EDTCMGChipotle upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow
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12:43 EDTCMGChipotle rises after earnings, reverses and fades, levels to watch
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11:53 EDTCMGChipotle says has ability to raise prices again next year
Says higher prices to be fully rolled out by early Q3. Says April sales trends comparable to Q1. Says still working on some bugs in catering program. Says not particularly interested in offering delivery service.
11:29 EDTCMGChipotle sees using cash for new restaurants, share buybacks
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10:11 EDTCMGHigh option volume stocks: CMG INFY GOOGL GOOG SNDK MAT YHOO BX KSU GILD
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09:00 EDTCMGChipotle rises 4.7%
Chipotle is up 4.7%, or $26.04, to $578.44
08:58 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Pre-market movers
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08:02 EDTCMGChipotle sees high single digit comparable restaurant sales increases in FY14
For FY14, sees: 180 – 195 new restaurant openings; High single digit comparable restaurant sales increases, excluding any menu price increase; An effective full year tax rate of approximately 39.1%.
08:02 EDTCMGChipotle board approves investment of additional $100M to repurchase shares
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08:01 EDTCMGChipotle reports Q1 EPS $2.64, consensus $2.86
Reports Q1 revenue $904.2M, consensus $873.83M. Comparable restaurant sales increased 13.4%.
07:14 EDTCMGChipotle looks poised to maintain premium valuation, WSJ says
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April 16, 2014
15:41 EDTCMGChipotle April 550 straddle priced for 7.8% move into Q1
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15:17 EDTCMGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
14:10 EDTCMGChipotle April 550 straddle priced for 8.2% move into Q1
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April 15, 2014
08:01 EDTCMGChipotle Mexican Grill volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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April 14, 2014
07:23 EDTYUMJapan sees first bird flu outbreak since 2011, Mainichi reports
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April 10, 2014
08:46 EDTCMGChipotle well positioned to sustain operating momentum, says RW Baird
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