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January 22, 2014
11:39 EDTEAT, DRI, CAKE, BLMN, DINBrinker hits 52-week high after better than expected results
Shares of casual restaurant operator Brinker International (EAT) are rallying after the company's second quarter results beat expectations. Brinker owns and operates Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurants and also franchises the brands. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Brinker reported second quarter adjusted earnings of 59c per share and revenue of $704.4M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 58c and $699.23M, respectively. Comparable restaurant sales at company-owned restaurants increased 0.8% in the quarter. On its earnings conference call, Brinker said it was "optimistic" about the second half of 2014. The company expects the rate of commodity inflation to remain flat through this calendar year and noted that 75% of its commodities are contracted through the end of the current fiscal year. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors this morning, Citigroup said that Brinker continues to gain market share and outperformed the industry during the quarter in terms of same-store sales in each month. Citi said the company's slightly better than expected results, coupled with low investor expectations for Brinker, could cause the shares to rise. The firm maintained a Buy rating with a $49 price target. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Brinker rose $2.56, or 5.5%, to $49.25 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $50.74, and it's up over 51% in the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Brinkers' competitors include Darden Restaurants (DRI), Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), DineEquity (DIN) and Bloomin' Brands (BLMN).
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July 23, 2014
17:16 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory sees FY14 EPS $2.19-$2.25, consensus $2.28
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17:14 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory sees Q3 EPS 55c-58c, consensus 60c
Sees Q3 SSS up 1%-2%. Guidance provided in Q2 earnings conference call.
16:30 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory sees opening up to 10 company-owned restaurants in FY14
The company opened one new restaurant and relocated one restaurant during the second quarter. The company continues to expect to open as many as ten company-owned restaurants in fiscal 2014. Internationally, the first The Cheesecake Factory restaurant opened in Mexico last week under a licensing agreement. The company continues to expect as many as three to four restaurants to open in the Middle East and Mexico under licensing agreements in fiscal 2014.
16:29 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory raises quarterly dividend 18% to 16.5c from 14c per share
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16:27 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory reports Q2 adjusted EPS 59c, consensus 61c
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11:38 EDTDRI, EATBrinker retreats after analyst downgrades on industry concerns
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10:02 EDTEATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Hexcel (HXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... King Digital (KING) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded at RW Baird... Mead Johnson (MJN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Nintendo (NTDOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Raytheon (RTN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded at BMO Capital.
06:25 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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July 16, 2014
18:26 EDTDRIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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July 15, 2014
13:20 EDTDRIStarboard sends letter to Darden board seeking new leadership
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July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTEATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:00 EDTEATBrinker upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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July 11, 2014
10:00 EDTEATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:43 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory Q2 estimates lowered at Janney Capital
Janney Capital lowered its Q2 same-store sales estimate for Cheesecake Factory to 1.5% and lowered its Q2 EPS estimate by 2c to 60c following its channel checks. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on the stock.
06:54 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
06:34 EDTDRIDarden New York automatic tip suit granted dismissal, Reuters says
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