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July 23, 2014
11:38 EDTDRI, BWLD, DENN, RT, EATBrinker retreats after analyst downgrades on industry concerns
Shares of casual dining restaurant operator Brinker (EAT) are falling after RBC Capital downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. Brinker owns and franchises the Chili's and Maggiano's chains. WHAT'S NEW: Casual dining trends remain "worrisome" this summer, RBC Capital analyst David Palmer wrote. Data compiled during 2006-2012 show that visits to major casual dining trends by upper class "millennials" fell 12% during the period, while visits by low income millennials tumbled 29% over those six years. Consequently, Palmer expects same-store sales growth for the causal dining sector to remain near 0%. Brinker's new initiatives should enable the company to continue to grow its sales at a faster rate than the industry average, but the initiatives are unlikely to enable the company to generate "outsized" traffic for the company, the analyst contended. On a positive note, Brinker's free cash flow and share repurchases, along with its commitment to cut costs, should prevent the stock from falling too far, according to the analyst. He cut his rating on the shares to Sector Perform from Outperform and reduced his price target on the stock to $49 from $56. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other casual dining names include Darden Restaurants (DRI), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), Denny's (DENN), and Ruby Tuesday (RT). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Brinker dropped 1.3% to $44.55.
News For EAT;DRI;BWLD;DENN;RT From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
10:03 EDTBWLDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Brandywine Realty (BDN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Carpenter Technology (CRS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded at ISI Group... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... EQT Corporation (EQT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Education Realty (EDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Invacare (IVC) upgraded at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Lorillard (LO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... NCR Corp. (NCR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Old National Bancorp (ONB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Plexus (PLXS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Reliance Steel (RS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
09:32 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl
October 23, 2014
11:08 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 22, 2014
08:48 EDTEATBrinker weakness creates buying opportunity, says Sterne Agee
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October 21, 2014
10:36 EDTEATBrinker 'optimistic' about Maggianos during holiday season
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10:29 EDTEATBrinker backs guidance of 25-50 bp of restaurant-levell op margin expansion
The company said we were not surprised by margins with the exception of the commodity expenses. Expects commodity expenses also comes back in line. The company said it is now working on changing the trajectory of the brand at Chili's with a lot more initiatives to come. It said it is nowhere near the end of the potential of grow market share. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
07:48 EDTEATBrinker reports sales up 3.4% $686.9M, comparable restaurant sales up 2.4%
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07:47 EDTEATBrinker reports Q1 Chili's comparable restaurant sales up 2.6%, traffic up 0.1%
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07:46 EDTEATBrinker reports Q1 EPS excl items 50c, consensus 50c
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October 20, 2014
14:29 EDTEATBrinker technical notes ahead of earnings
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13:33 EDTEATEarnings Preview: Brinker still sees $4 in EPS by 2017
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October 16, 2014
09:45 EDTDRIDarden expands board to 13, adds William Simon
Darden Restaurants (DRI) announced that William Simon has been appointed to the company's board, effective immediately. As a result of this action, the board also voted to expand the number of seats on the Board to 13. Simon, most recently the CEO of Walmart U.S. (WMT) and a former senior executive at Brinker (EAT), previously served on Darden's board for two years but did not stand for re-election. Darden said its board "will continue to evaluate additional qualified candidates and may, or may not, make an additional appointment to the Board in the future."
October 15, 2014
16:21 EDTDENNDenny's names Chris Bode COO
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October 14, 2014
10:41 EDTDRIDarden trading higher after Gene Lee named interim CEO
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10:01 EDTEATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTDRIDarden appoints Jeffrey Smith independent non-executive chairman of the board
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06:42 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc
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October 13, 2014
13:22 EDTDRINorwegian Cruise Line names Drew Madsen as COO
Norwegian Cruise (NCLH) announced that hospitality veteran Drew Madsen has joined as president and COO of Norwegian Cruise Line. Madsen brings a strong track record of success to Norwegian with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the hospitality and consumer products industry, most recently as president and COO at Darden Restaurants (DRI) the world's largest full-service restaurant company.
10:08 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
06:05 EDTDRIDarden downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Darden to Neutral citing a lack of leadership clarity after Starboard ousted the company's entire board of directors.

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