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July 23, 2014
11:38 EDTBWLD, RT, DRI, DENN, 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.
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July 1, 2015
06:09 EDTEATBrinker initiated with a Buy at Goldman
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June 28, 2015
14:11 EDTDRIDarden shares 'could keep climbing,' Barron's says
Shares of Darden could keep rising regardless of its recently-accounted REIT plans, Barron's contends in its 'Streetwise' column. Barron's notes that Darden stock jumped nearly 6% on the news of its REIT before falling almost the same amount within the same day, and the publication argues that "spinning off a REIT is not easy in the best of times, and these are far from the best of times." Nevertheless, Barron's is confident in Darden, citing the company's future cost-cuts and share buybacks as well as its focus on growth. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
08:03 EDTEATBrinker acquires 103 franchised Chili's restaurants
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07:59 EDTDRIDarden price target raised to $80 from $75 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Darden after the company reported stronger than expected results and provided higher than expected 2016 EPS guidance. The firm thinks that if the two entities formed following the spin off of the company's real estate assets execute well, the company will be able to reduce its debt by $1B, buy back stock and potentially increase its dividend. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
June 24, 2015
08:41 EDTDRIDarden price target raised to $79 from $72 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Darden Restaurants to $79 citing improving fundamentals and the company's intention to pursue a REIT structure following its Q4 results. The firm expects the company's turnaround to continue and reiterates a Buy rating on the name.
June 23, 2015
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10:15 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
Meeting to be held in Kansas City, MO on June 26 hosted by Sterne Agee CRT.
10:03 EDTEATHigh option volume stocks
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09:14 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:02 EDTDRIDarden sees 20% of Olive Garden total sales will migrate to takeout over time
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09:02 EDTDRIDarden expects 2016 traffic to be 'flattish', but will beat market
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08:52 EDTDRIDarden expects two-thirds of 2016 EPS growth to be in 1H16
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07:06 EDTDRIDarden sees FY16 adjusted EPS $3.05-$3.20, consensus $2.88
Sees FY16 same-restaurant sales growth of 2%-2.5%. Expects to open 18-22 restaurants in 2016. Sees FY16 total inflation of 1.5%-2%. Sees FY16 annual tax rate of 21%-24%. Sees FY16 total capital spending $230M-$255M.
07:05 EDTDRIDarden reports Q4 same-restaurant sales up 3.8%
Reports Q4 Olive Garden same-restaurant sales up 3.4%, Q4 LongHorn Steakhouse same-restaurant sales 5.2%; Q4 The Capital Grille same-restaurant sales up 4.4%; Q4 Eddie V's same-restaurant sales up 5.2%; Q4 Yard House same-restaurant sales up 3.2%; Q4 Seasons 52 same-restaurant sales up 3.1%; Q4 Bahama Breeze same-restaurant sales up 1.7%.
07:04 EDTDRIDarden reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.08, consensus 93c
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07:03 EDTDRIDarden to pursue separation of portion of company's real estate assets
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June 22, 2015
15:00 EDTDRINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:12 EDTDRIDarden July volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Darden July call option implied volatility is at 25, July is at 24, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on June 23.
06:54 EDTDRIDunkin' Brands and Darden are top picks heading into 2H 2015 at Credit Suisse
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