EAT : Analysis & Opinions

  1. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook

    January 28, 2014
    Restaurant Stock Outlook - Jan 2014 - Industry Outlook
  2. Brinker Upgraded to Strong Buy - Analyst Blog

    July 5, 2013
    On Jul 4, 2013, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Brinker International Inc. (EAT) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  3. Nautilus Upgraded to Strong Buy - Analyst Blog

    July 5, 2013
    On Jul 4, 2013, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Nautilus Inc. (NLS) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy)
  4. Krispy Kreme Upped to Strong Buy - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2013
    On Jul 2, 2013, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Krispy Kreme Doughnut Inc. to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
  5. Darden Back to Neutral - Analyst Blog

    June 28, 2013
    We are reverting to a Neutral recommendation on Darden Restaurants from Underperform owing to revival in same store sales ...
  6. BJ's Expands in the West - Analyst Blog

    June 27, 2013
    BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse(R) opened in Eugene, Ore.
  7. Starbucks to Expand in Malaysia - Analyst Blog

    June 27, 2013
    Starbucks plans to open 100 new stores in Malaysia over the next four years.
  8. Restaurant Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    June 4, 2013
    Restaurant Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews
  9. Restaurant Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Industry Outlook

    June 4, 2013
    Restaurant Stock Outlook - June 2013 - Industry Outlook
  10. Middleby Keeps Sticking To A Successful Recipe

    May 10, 2013
    Middleby continues to gain share and expand its market opportunities in an under-innovative industry.
  11. Ignite to Buy Romano's Macaroni - Analyst Blog

    February 7, 2013
    Ignite Restaurant Group (IRG) recently inked an agreement with private equity firm Golden Gate Capital to buy the latter's ...
  12. McDonald's Beats on Both Lines - Analyst Blog

    January 23, 2013
    McDonald's Corporation's (MCD) fourth quarter 2012 earnings of $1.38 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate as well ...
  13. Kimco Adds Santee Trolley Square - Analyst Blog

    January 17, 2013
    Kimco Realty Corp. (KIM) announced the addition of the Santee Trolley Square in suburban San Diego to its portfolio. Particularly, ...
  14. Chipotle Posts Preliminary Results - Analyst Blog

    January 16, 2013
    Denver, Colorado-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG) recently declared its preliminary fourth-quarter 2012 results. The ...
  15. Earnings Scorecard: Darden - Analyst Blog

    December 27, 2012
    On June 22, Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) reported fourth quarter 2012 earnings of $1.15 per share, in line with the Zacks ...
  16. Darden's 2Q EPS Meets, Rev Beats - Analyst Blog

    December 20, 2012
    Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) posted second-quarter fiscal 2013 earnings from continuing operation of 26 cents per share, ...
  17. Poor Promos Let Down Darden's 2Q - Analyst Blog

    December 7, 2012
    Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) recently cut its revenue and earnings per share growth outlook for 2013 citing underperformance ...
  18. Ignite Recruits New Finance Head - Analyst Blog

    November 29, 2012
    Ignite Restaurant Group Inc. (IRG) recently revealed that it has appointed Michael J. Dixon as the chief financial officer ...
  19. CEO Transition for Brinker - Analyst Blog

    November 20, 2012
    Doug Brooks, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Brinker International, Inc. (EAT) recently announced his ...
  20. Familiar Challenges Show Up For Manitowoc Too

    November 7, 2012
    Even with mid-to-high single-digit revenue growth, Manitowoc is going to have to show a higher, more consistent level of ...
  21. Sysco Can't Fight A Low Tide

    November 7, 2012
    Sysco's volume growth is weak, but this isn't a one quarter story. What Sysco has achieved over the years is remarkable, ...
  22. Netflix and Other Services Stocks Making Big Moves on October ...

    October 24, 2012
    So far today, the Nasdaq has been relatively flat, the S&P 500 has climbed 0.1% and the Dow has climbed 0.3%. The biggest ...
  23. BH Subsidiary to Debut in UAE - Analyst Blog

    October 12, 2012
    Steak n Shake Operations Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc. (BH), recently announced that it has inked ...
  24. Management Change at JACK Ancillary - Analyst Blog

    October 11, 2012
    Jack in the Box Inc.'s (JACK) wholly owned subsidiary, Qdoba Restaurant Corporation, recently announced that it's President ...
  25. Restaurant Industry Stock Outlook - Oct. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    October 8, 2012
    Despite beginning the year on a relatively positive note, sales momentum in the U.S. restaurant industry appears to have ...
  26. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Oct. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    October 8, 2012
    Despite beginning the year on a relatively positive note, sales momentum in the U.S. restaurant industry appears to have ...
  27. Restaurant Stock Outlook - Oct. 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    October 8, 2012
    Despite beginning the year on a relatively positive note, sales momentum in the U.S. restaurant industry appears to have ...
  28. Darden Dishes Out Mixed 1Q - Analyst Blog

    September 21, 2012
    Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) posted first quarter fiscal 2013 earnings from continuing operation of 85 cents per share, ...
  29. Dunkin' to Expand in Texas - Analyst Blog

    August 31, 2012
    Dunkin' Donuts, an operational arm of Dunkin Brands Group, Inc. (DNKN), recently announced that it has inked multi-unit store ...
  30. Red Robin's EPS Beats; Revs Lag - Analyst Blog

    August 13, 2012
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. (RRGB) reported earnings of 52 cents per share in the second quarter of 2012, surpassing the ...
  31. Dillard's, Inc. and Other Big Movers In Services

    August 9, 2012
    The morning has been bad for the market. The Nasdaq is trading down 0.1%; the S&P 500 is down 0.2%; and the Dow has slipped ...
  32. Texas Roadhouse Still Looks Appetizing

    August 2, 2012
    Texas Roadhouse is among the fastest growing restaurant concepts.
  33. Darden Hits A Dry Patch

    June 27, 2012
    Even with healthy forward cash flow growth assumptions, it's difficult to see Darden's shares as significantly undervalued. ...
  34. Darden Reports In Line, Hikes Div - Analyst Blog

    June 22, 2012
    Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) posted fourth quarter fiscal 2012 earnings from continuing operation of $1.15 per share, in ...
  35. Restaurant Stock Review & Outlook - June 2012 - Industry Outlook

    June 20, 2012
    The U.S. restaurant industry has ended the first half of 2012 on a positive note despite nagging sovereign debt issues in ...
  36. 3 Reasons To Own Bravo Brio Restaurant Group

    May 16, 2012
    While Bravo Brio is down 12% for the past year, this little known micro-cap is up 33% since its IPO and is financing new ...
  37. Boston Pizza: A Canadian Success Story

    April 25, 2012
    One of the best-performing small cap value funds in the U.S. owns Boston Pizza. Find out why the Canadian casual dining chain ...
  38. Texas Roadhouse Driving Consistently Forward

    February 27, 2012
    Texas Roadhouse is overcoming a sluggish economy and higher food costs.
  39. Should Darden Stand Pat Or Spread Out?

    September 28, 2011
    Darden is between a rock and a hard place with a stretched consumer and increasing costs.
  40. Casual Dining Chains In Jeopardy

    September 13, 2011
    Casual upscale restaurants are at great risk if the economy dips into a recession.
  41. Can Darden Go 3 For 3?

    July 4, 2011
    Darden is good enough as is, but greatness requires another growth driver.
  42. Bob Evans' Steady Growth Appetite

    June 9, 2011
    Bob Evans investors could garner low double-digit total returns over time.
  43. Sysco Humming Along

    May 11, 2011
    Sysco is navigating food inflation reasonably well and looks like a solid conservative growth name.
  44. Tasty Restaurant Dividends

    April 14, 2011
    The restaurant sector is often one of the first leaders out of a recession and has recently posted increased gains in same ...
  45. Food Inflation Unlikely To Derail Darden

    March 29, 2011
    Although investors are punishing the stock a little right now, Darden continues to maintain and grow an umbrella of restaurant ...
  46. Restaurant Stocks Look Tasty

    February 10, 2011
    The restaurant sector is often one of the first leaders out of a recession and has recently posted increased gains in same-store ...
  47. Darden Analyst Day Review

    February 9, 2011
    Darden Restaurant raised guidance on earnings for fiscal 2011, and held an analyst conference to outline its strategy going ...
  48. 6 Important Earnings Announcements For January 25

    January 24, 2011
    Earnings reports are significant events for every stock. Here are 6 earnings announcement for January 25 that you should ...
  49. Darden Feasts On Growth

    December 24, 2010
    Restaurant stocks have rallied strongly this year, and Darden Restaurants' valuation has gotten a bit lofty.
  50. Buffalo Wild Wings Keeping Hot?

    October 28, 2010
    Buffalo's reported a good quarter but largely due to cheap food costs. With commodity prices on the upswing, can this restaurant ...
  51. DineEquity Outlook Extremely Uncertain

    September 30, 2010
    It's extremely difficult to project out DineEquity's future sales and cash flows with any certainty.
  52. Darden Offers Appetizing Total Return Potential

    September 28, 2010
    High single-digit profit growth and a current dividend yield of 2.9% suggest the potential for double-digit annual returns.
  53. Middleby Stuck In The Middle For Now

    August 17, 2010
    Middleby continues to gain share in a fragmented market.
  54. Yum! Brands Trading At Fair Value

    July 16, 2010
    Though domestic trends remain tepid, management was able to control costs at home and minimize a hit to profits.
  55. McCormick Not Spicy But Still Tasty

    June 28, 2010
    McCormick should continue growing sales in the mid-single digits and profits in the high-single digits.
  56. DineEquity No Longer Tasty

    March 9, 2010
    As a business, DineEquity's quality is without question. However, its high valuation should keep investors away.
  57. Cracker Barrel Still Looks Appetizing

    February 25, 2010
    Top-line growth will continue to be modest, but Cracker Barrel's stock looks tempting at the current price.
  58. Restaurant Industry Sending Mixed Signals

    October 6, 2009
    The latest reading of the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) by the National Restaurant Association sends a conflicting message.
  59. Darden's Decline Could Mean Opportunity

    October 2, 2009
    If Darden's shares continue to trend downward, it will soon be a compelling investment opportunity.
  60. Are Full Service Restaurants Worth Chewing On?

    September 23, 2009
    Which full-service restaurants and fast-food chains are worth your attention?
  61. 3 Food Stocks Flying Under The Radar

    July 29, 2009
    Food may not be a sexy stock pick, but these three companies seem to offer steady dividends and stable growth.
  62. Discount Dining Offers No Free Lunch For Investors

    July 13, 2009
    The current casual restaurant price war is nothing but positive for customers.
  63. Restaurant Industry Still On A Diet

    July 2, 2009
    The Restaurant Performance Index still shows a reading below 100, indicating a contraction in business.
  64. Restaurants With Improving Earnings

    June 4, 2009
    Despite the recession, these restaurants are not only surviving but thriving.
  65. Restaurant Nightmares Linger

    April 13, 2009
    Leaner times are ahead for the restaurant industry.
  66. A Quick Buck Made On Fast Food?

    April 8, 2009
    Food stocks could put food on your table if the trend continues.
  67. Time To Fill Up On Restaurant Chains?

    April 6, 2009
    Darden, Brinker and DineEquity stocks should show significant growth in the upcoming months.
  68. Darden Stock Stands Up For Sit-Down Dining

    March 12, 2009
    Casual dining restaurants have held up fairly well in the recession, which hints at long-term growth and sustainability.
  69. Darden Restaurants Cultivates Its Olive Garden

    January 29, 2009
    This chain's heaping portions of Italian comfort food continue to satisfy cash-strapped diners.
  70. Cracker Barrel: Value And Income In One Basket

    November 27, 2008
    A low P/E and impressive 5.5% dividend make Cracker Barrel a solid choice for value and income investors alike.
  71. Famous Dave's, Served Cold

    November 21, 2008
    Despite high analyst expectations, restaurant closures and declining same-store sales are bad omens for barbecue chain Famous ...
  72. You Can Beat KD

    November 5, 2008
    Kraft posted strong growth numbers, but it can't stack up against its packaged food rivals.
  73. The King Of Comps

    November 4, 2008
    Burger King increased comps by 3.6% and reaffirmed guidance. Can this success continue?
  74. PF Chang's Not Totally Well-Done

    October 24, 2008
    We dig into PF Chang's sweet-and-sour third quarter results.
  75. Brinker Cooks Up Cold Q1 Expectations

    October 15, 2008
    Brinker International, known for Chili’s restaurants, has good longer-term earnings potential. Are the shares worth bottom ...
  76. Darden: Where Low Expectations And Mediocre Performance Meet

    September 19, 2008
    Darden's latest numbers were decent, but at what point do diners abandon Olive Garden and cook their pasta at home?
  77. Yum's Wide World Of Profit

    May 12, 2008
    High costs and sluggish U.S. consumer behavior is a bad mix. Luckily, Yum Brands has added some overseas flavor to the recipe.
  78. IHOP Should Have Stuck With Pancakes

    April 15, 2008
    The Applebee's acquisition hasn't paid off the way investors hoped for IHOP. Sales were sluggish, but there is time to make ...
  79. Ruby Tuesday A Car Without An Engine

    April 4, 2008
    Comps are the engine that drives a restaurant chain's growth. Ruby Tuesday's comps dropped 12% for the quarter - it's going ...
  80. Stick A Fork In Ruby Tuesday (RT)

    December 18, 2007
    Ruby Tuesday is caught in the advertising war between fast food peddlers and casual dining chains. Heavy losses could follow.
  81. $27 For a Piece of Cheesecake? (CAKE)

    December 7, 2006
    With weakening fundamentals, CAKE shares no longer taste very good.
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