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July 23, 2014
11:38 EDTRT, DRI, DENN, BWLD, 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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November 24, 2015
06:28 EDTEATImpact of low oil prices extends beyond oil industry, WSJ says
The fall in crude prices is having a ripple effect that extends beyond the oil industry, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sales of single family homes in Houston were down 10% year over year in October, the report says, and restaurants in Texas and the Southwest have seen a drop in sales and customer traffic. Brinker (EAT) credited weak oil prices for downbeat results in states that rely heavily on the energy industry, the report says. Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and American Eagle Energy (AMZG) have both exited Bakken last month, with Occidental selling its North Dakota assets and American Eagle seeking chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the report says. Reference Link
November 23, 2015
08:30 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings authorizes $200M share buyback
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November 19, 2015
10:00 EDTEATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Airgas (ARG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Seaport Global... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Civitas Solutions (CIVI) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) downgraded on a more cautious outloook at BofA/Merrill... Fairchild (FCS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Lennox (LII) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Newfield Exploration (NFX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Regis (RGS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Synergy Resources (SYRG) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at KLR Group... Titan International (TWI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... eLong (LONG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital.
06:12 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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November 12, 2015
07:14 EDTDRIDarden sales trends outperforming, says Oppenheimer
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