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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 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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April 8, 2014
07:54 EDTYUMYum! Brands testing new Super Chix concept, AdAge reports
Yum Brands will start testing Super Chix, a new concept restaurant, AdAge reports. This week, Super Chix will launch in Arlington, Texas, with a limited menu including chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries, salads and custards. A spokesperson for Yum says the concept "may in the future be considered for international purposes." Reference Link
April 7, 2014
10:13 EDTCMGChipotle Mexican Grill volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 4, 2014
06:44 EDTJACKMost senators resisting compromise on minimum wage increase, Politico reports
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April 3, 2014
06:34 EDTJACKStates moving on minimum wage hikes, NY Times says
Since President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage 14 months ago, seven states and Washington, DC have passed such an increase, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, 34 other state legislatures have started debating the issue and activists in another eight states are looking to get proposals for minimum wage increases on voter ballots, the newspaper stated. Companies that could be affected by minimum wage increases include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), Dunkin Donuts (DNKN), and Sonic Corporation (SONC). Reference Link
April 2, 2014
07:26 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target raised to $89 from $80 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Yum! as the firm thinks the company's multiple could expand, while its earnings could surpass expectations going forward. The firm adds that Taco Bell's breakfast initiative has not been built into estimates and is thus "a free option" for investors. Oppenheimer recommends owning the stock now and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:54 EDTCMGChipotle Mexican Grill volatility elevated at 52 into Q1 and outlook
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