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January 22, 2014
11:39 EDTBLMN, EAT, CAKE, DIN, DRIBrinker 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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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 19, 2015
10:00 EDTBLMN, EATOn 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 EDTBLMNBloomin' Brands downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman analyst Karen Holthouse removed Bloomin' Brands from the Conviction Buy List and lowered her price target to $22 from $24 on shares. Holthouse sees risk to top-line growth given the competitive environment but retains her Buy rating given valuation and since the company is exploring strategic options.
06:12 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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November 16, 2015
20:39 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory management to meet with William Blair
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November 12, 2015
07:14 EDTDRIDarden sales trends outperforming, says Oppenheimer
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