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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.
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October 10, 2014
09:52 EDTDRIDarden resumes trading, up 1.8% after all Starboard nominees elected to board
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09:47 EDTDRIDarden confirms 12 Starboard-nominated directors to board
Darden announced that, based on the preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor following the company's 2014 Annual Meeting, shareholders have elected all 12 Starboard-nominated directors to Darden's Board of Directors including Betsy Atkins, Margaret Shan Atkins, Jean Birch, Bradley Blum, Peter Feld, James Fogarty, Cynthia Jamison, William Lenehan, Lionel Nowell, III, Jeffrey Smith, Charles Sonsteby, and Alan Stillman. Darden noted that the preliminary vote count following the Annual Meeting also indicates that shareholders voted FOR the approval, on an advisory basis, of the company's executive compensation, for the ratification of the appointment of KPMG as Darden's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2015, for a management proposal to amend the Company's bylaws to provide for proxy access and against two shareholder proposals as described in the company's associated Proxy Statement.
09:36 EDTDRIAll Starboard directors elected to Darden board, CNBC reports
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06:40 EDTDRIDarden up against Starboard at yearly meeting, Reuters says
Darden and Starboard Value are expected to enter into heated discussions at the company's yearly meeting, where Starboard is aiming to win full control of the restaurant company's board, reported Reuters. Reference Link
October 9, 2014
16:50 EDTEATBrinker initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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16:47 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
Target $165.
16:46 EDTDRIDarden initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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11:42 EDTRTRuby Tuesday surges after Q1 profit beats estimates
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09:20 EDTRTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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October 8, 2014
18:31 EDTRTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ruby Tuesday (RT), up 19.6%... Exar (EXAR), up 13.7% after reporting second quarter revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Nuance (NUAN), up 2.5% following rumors that Carl Icahn will recommend that Apple (AAPL) buy the company... GrubHub (GRUB), up just under 1% after being initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kofax (KFX), down 20.1% after reporting first quarter revenue and fiscal 2015 revenue guidance below analyst estimates... ARC Group (ARCW), down 17%... E2open (EOPN), down 8.9%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 7.6% following September same store sales data and CEO transition... AMD (AMD), down 7% after announcing CEO transition.
16:21 EDTRTRuby Tuesday up 19.3% following Q1 results
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16:15 EDTRTRuby Tuesday gaps up and runs higher after results
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16:10 EDTRTRuby Tuesday sees FY15 same-restaurant sales up 1%-2%
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16:09 EDTRTRuby Tuesday sees Q2 same-restaurant sales up 1%-2%
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16:07 EDTRTRuby Tuesday reports Q1 EPS ex-items (1c), consensus (12c)
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15:25 EDTRTNotable companies reporting after market close
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October 7, 2014
09:15 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings weakness a buying opportunity, says Sterne Agee
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October 6, 2014
10:04 EDTBWLDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Air France-KLM (AFLYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... BAE Systems (BAESY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Church & Dwight (CHD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Delhaize (DEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Myers Industries (MYE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King... Nationstar (NSM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Tekmira (TKMR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at ... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Underweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore.
07:36 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings downgraded to Neutral, price target to $135 at Wedbush
As previously reported, Wedbush downgraded Buffalo Wild Wings to to Neutral from Outperform. The firm expects increased commodity headwinds from higher wing prices and lower 2015 broiler supply to reduce upside. The firm still expects Q3 upside but said 2015 comps are difficult and additional menu price increases will be more constrained. Price target lowered to $135 from $175.
07:11 EDTBWLDBuffalo Wild Wings downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
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