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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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December 19, 2014
08:56 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings price target raised to $203 from $176 at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee increased its price target on Buffalo Wild Wings, citing an improving industry backdrop, increased menu pricing and stabilizing wing costs. The firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
December 17, 2014
12:57 EDTRTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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December 16, 2014
18:19 EDTDRIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Dave & Buster's (PLAY), up 7.3%... Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 1.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Auspex Pharmaceuticals (ASPX), up 66.5% after Phase 3 trial of SD-809 met primary efficacy endpoint... Cerus (CERS), up 26.6% after FDA approves Intercept Blood System... American Apparel (APP), up 8.6% after terminating Dov Charney for cause. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Heico (HEI), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 10% after price target cut to $1 from $10 at Credit Suisse... Linn Energy (LINE), down 3% after being downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird.
17:56 EDTDRIDarden up 1.54% after reporting Q2 results, narrows FY15 EPS view
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16:12 EDTDRIDarden reports Q2 Olive Garden SSS were up 0.5%
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16:10 EDTDRIDarden narrows FY15 EPS view to $2.25-$2.30 from $2.22-$2.30, consensus $2.26
This reflects the expectation that the company's combined U.S. same-restaurant sales growth this fiscal year will be 1% to 2% and the impact of a 53rd operating week in the fiscal year. The current earnings expectations for the year also reflect anticipated support cost savings of $10M from the support cost reductions announced in the second quarter offset by cost pressures related to beef and dairy.
16:08 EDTRTRuby Tuesday reports Q2 company-owned SSS down 1%
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16:07 EDTDRIDarden reports Q2 EPS 28c, consensus 27c
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15:42 EDTDRINotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include HEICO (HEI), consensus 46c; Darden Restaurants (DRI), consensus 27c; Five Star Quality Care (FVE), consensus (3c).
December 15, 2014
15:21 EDTDRINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:15 EDTDRIDarden technical comments before earnings
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10:00 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTDENNDenny's downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
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08:41 EDTDRIDarden December volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:16 EDTDRIDarden upgraded at Telsey Advisory
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06:08 EDTDRIDarden upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory
December 10, 2014
10:00 EDTEATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:02 EDTDENNBernstein to hold a summit
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06:28 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak
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