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January 16, 2013
11:30 EDTCMGChipotle falls after weaker than expected earnings guidance
Shares of quick service restaurant operator Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) are lower after the company issued weaker than expected Q4 earnings guidance earlier this morning. The company forecast Q4 EPS of $1.92-$1.97, versus consensus of $2.09, and guided Q4 revenue to $699.2M, versus consensus of $690.86M. Monty Moran, co-CEO, cited a faster than expected rise in food costs in Q4, but said food inflation should level off in 2013. Following the disappointing guidance, research firm Jefferies said it expected the shares to be down meaningfully, adding that Chipotle's 2013 earnings could be significantly below consensus. Jefferies maintained an Underperform rating on the stock with a $215 price target. On a positive note, William Blair said in a note to investors this morning that Chipotle's comparable store results will likely bottom in Q1 before moving higher. William Blair viewed Chipotle's business as healthy and said they would be opportunistic buyers on any share weakness. The firm maintained an Outperform rating on the stock. RW Baird was positive on Chipotle as well, also saying any weakness represented a buying opportunity. The stock initially gapped down over 10% at the open, but has since recovered and is trading lower by about 6% to $279.31 in late morning trade. The Fly notes that volume is very heavy, with nearly 1.8M shares exchanging hands in morning action, more than twice the average daily volume.
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April 21, 2014
07:35 EDTCMGChipotle shares should be bought on weakness, says Oppenheimer
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06:57 EDTCMGChipotle cost pressures should decrease later this year, says Wells Fargo
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05:40 EDTCMGChipotle upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded its rating on Chipotle (CMG) to Overweight citing the recent pullback in shares. The firm believes Chipotle has industry-leading fundamentals and raised its price target for the stock to $575 from $550. Shares closed Friday down $32.79 to $519.61 following the company's Q1 results.
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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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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