Cowen raised the price target for the Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE:DRI) stock from “a Market perform” to “an Outperform”. The rating was released on May 06, 2021. We previously noted in another research note published on March 16, 2021 by MKM Partners that downgraded the stock from a Buy to a Neutral with a price target of $160 for DRI stock. The research report from Morgan Stanley has upgraded the stock from Equal-Weight to Overweight, with a price target set at $142. The stock was initiated by Goldman, who disclosed in a research note on January 19, 2021, to Buy and set the price objective to $136. In their research brief published December 17, 2020, Wells Fargo analysts upgraded the Darden Restaurants Inc. stock from Equal Weight to Overweight with a price target of $133.
Historical Earnings Surprises and Revenue Forecasts
Profit is the most critical financial performance measure. Every investor in a business is looking forward to the earnings report as stock price to increase when earnings exceed market expectations and progressively decrease when earnings do not meet expectations. The firm reported an earnings per share (EPS) of $0.98 during the last quarter as opposed to a consensus estimate of $0.69, which indicates the company beat its estimate by $0.29, which implies that the company surprised the market by 42.00%. It appears that the average earnings per share estimate for the current quarter (ending in May 2021) is $1.68. This is an average of 26 analysts’ earnings, where the high earnings per share estimate is $1.86 and the low earnings per share estimate is $1.6. According to 23 analyst estimates, an average revenue estimate of $2.12B is projected for the current quarter with a high revenue estimate of $2.23B and a low estimate of $2.07B.
The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE:DRI) dipped -0.26% to close Friday’s market session at $140.76, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $140.085 and $142.96 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 2633795 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 1.52 million shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated 0.89% within the last five trades and -2.98% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price increased 27.78% in the last 6 months and 4.27% was added to its value over the previous 3 months. DRI stock is trading at a margin of -0.30%, -1.08% and 20.43% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
As of the close of trading, DRI deals in the Consumer Cyclical domain. The stock is trading -5.99 percent below its 52-week high and 104.95 percent above its 52-week low. For example, looking both at the price and the high and low measurements of 52 weeks will give you a clearer picture of the direction the price is heading. The firm’s Weighted Alpha is 78.45. A positive weighted alpha indicates the firm has done well over the course of the year, whereas one below 0 indicates that the firm has done poorly.
What Does Darden Restaurants Inc.’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?
With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at -4.30 percent and the profit margin is -3.50 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of 15.60 percent. The profit margin, also known as the revenue ratio or gross profit ratio, is an efficiency figure used to estimate the business’s profitability by comparing net income and sales. The higher the number, the more profits are generated for the company and vice versa.
The stock’s market cap achieved a total value of $18.46 billion as of the last trading session. Market capitalization is the total value of all outstanding shares of a corporation and it is used to measure a company’s market value. The price-to-earnings ratio is a method of assessing corporate values by comparing them to their per-share profit. Forward P/E stands at 20.10. Forward price-to-earnings is calculated using predicted earnings for the next financial year’s P/E determination. The stock has achieved an effective Price-to-Sales Ratio of 2.98 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 7.13, which equates the market value of a stock with its book value.
Is Insider Trading a Real Thing?
Almost all investors and traders prefer to invest in shares controlled by the management of a corporation as a management company will be more likely to run the business itself and to never conduct things against the management’s desires and will always try to do what is best for their shareholders. Currently, 0.30 percent of Darden Restaurants Inc. shares are owned by insiders, and 90.90 percent are held by financial institutions. LEE EUGENE I JR, the Chairman and CEO at Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) has sold 40,000 shares of firm on May 04 at a price of $142.88 against the total amount of $5.72 million. In another inside trade, MENSAH NANA, Director of Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE:DRI) sold 170 shares of the firm on Apr 09 for a total worth of $24649.0 at a price of $144.99. An inside trade which took place on Apr 06, SVP, Chief HR Officer of Darden Restaurants Inc. King Sarah H. sold 4,002 shares of firm against total price of $0.59 million at the cost of $146.25 per share.