Darden Restaurants, Inc.

  • A Portfolio of Dividend Stars

    By Ryan Peckyno - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BP, DRI, INTC, PM

    Over the past couple of months, investors who chased yield have gotten crushed by the market. But with the 10-year Treasury rate below 2%, who can really blame them? We all have that urge to chase large payouts. Still, dividend chasers need to consider several factors when evaluating a company for their portfolio. 

    One major factor to consider is why the stock has a high yield, particularly if the yield more »

  • Wage Demands Could Hurt This Restaurant Industry Leader

    By Reuben Brewer - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, DRI, MCD

    Employees of fast food companies, including McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) and Burger King (NYSE: BKW) are striking in demand of higher wages. If these demands lead to increased pay, these companies won't take a direct hit. Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI), however, won't be so lucky.


    The fast food industry is built on the franchise model. The franchisee takes on the operating risk and has to pay most more »

  • Investing in Everlasting Trends

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, SYY, CAKE

    People won't stop eating. It's that simple. That's part of what makes McDonald's such a great investment. However, I like to look to lesser known names to find value. Sysco (NYSE: SYY) is one of those names.
    The company is one of the largest distributors of food products for the food-away-from-home industry. As the economy rebounds, so too should the dining-out market, a positive for Sysco more »
  • Cash In On Eating Out

    By Jason Hall - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: BWLD, CHUY, DRI | Editor's Choice

    The U.S. restaurant industry contracted for three years, over the recession. However, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index, or RPI, has shown two years of steady industry growth since the recovery started. In 2013, the RPI has been at or above 100 (indicating expansion) in every month except February, continuing the trend of positive momentum after a stumble last fall. While it's been bumpy, the trend more »

  • You Should Do More Than Just Eat at Chili's

    By Mark Yagalla - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    It always surprises me to see a little bit of Americana in Asia, particularly Tex-Mex chain Chili's Grill & Bar. Brinker International (NYSE: EAT) has done a great job with Chili's international expansion and creating a restaurant concept that diners enjoy and love. According to the company's website:

    Every day from Chicago to Cairo, more than a million people dine at Brinker International restaurants.

    What I like about more »

  • Dealing With the Fast Casual Threat

    By Reuben Brewer - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, DRI, YUM

    With the success of fast-casual chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), companies far and wide are trying to deal with the niche segment that sits between fast-food giants like Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) and casual players like Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI).

    Fast casual tries to be the best of all worlds, with better quality than fast food and lower prices than casual dining. The star of the industry is more »

  • This Company’s Scale Ensures the Freshness of Its Products

    By Mark Lin - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, BWLD, DRI

    If you ever had a meal at a restaurant that did not meet your expectations, don’t be quick to blame the chef. The lack of scale in delivery could have contributed to slower delivery of food supplies and a lower quality of the final product. But the restaurant about which I'm going to speak is different.

    Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies more »

  • Recession hits at different levels: The food industry

    By Vanina Egea - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, MCD

    The recent economic recession forced many restaurants to close their doors. Others took refuge on price hikes, while yet others focused on internal efficiency. Let us take a look at future prospects for full-service restaurant Darden (NYSE: DRI), international operator Brinker (NYSE: EAT),  and fast-food giant McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) , to discern what their strategy is, and what the future holds for them.

    Known tastes for profits

    Headquartered in Oak more »

  • BlackRock Says Avoid Restaurants

    By Reuben Brewer - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, DRI, NDLS

    In a recent weekly market commentary, Russ Koesterich, chief investment strategist at BlackRock, is calling for continued stock gains, but warns that consumer stocks look overpriced. He singles out restaurants as an area of concern.

    "A combination of slow growth, low inflation, and relatively low interest rates should allow for stocks to move higher over the next 12 months," says Koesterich. However, he notes that consumers continue to struggle with more »

  • 3 Consumer Stocks Yielding Over 4%

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: MO, DRI, GRMN

    It can be useful for income investors to see to it that their portfolio is diversified among different sectors of the economy. While it’s easy to find high yielding stocks in some sectors (including utilities and telecoms), it can be more challenging to find, for example, consumer stocks which pay strong dividends and aren’t unattractive due to some other factor. Using data from Fidelity, here are three consumer more »

  • There's Usually Something for Everyone in Restaurant Stocks

    By Bob Chandler - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CBRL, DRI, RT

    The restaurant sector is fascinating to follow. There are usually plenty of interesting stories and even an occasional bargain stock to be found. Plus, the basics of the industry are fairly simple to understand; offer a good product, at a fair price, in an attractive setting with acceptable service. But as simple as it sounds, success in the sector never ends up being that easy. Here are three restaurant stocks more »

  • Is Bloomin’ a Bargain?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: BLMN, EAT, DRI

    Bloomin’ Brands (NASDAQ: BLMN) has outperformed peers Brinker International (NYSE: EAT) and Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) by substantial margins year to date.

    For example, Bloomin’ has appreciated 44%, whereas Brinker and Darden have appreciated 24% and 11%, respectively. At first glance, this might make you think that Bloomin’ Brands is likely to be the best of the three. However, this might be a mistake. 

    The good news

    Bloomin’ Brands offers more »

  • More Buying Opportunities in an Expanding Restaurant Niche

    By Reuben Brewer - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, DRI, NDLS, WEN

    Fast casual restaurants have been all the rage. Sitting above fast food on quality and below casual dining on price, they offer customers a desirable alternative to existing fare. Investors have driven up the shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) and look set to do the same with the recent IPO of Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS).

    Top, Bottom, Middle, and...

    At the top of the restaurant industry are chains more »

  • Can You Have Your Cake and Profit Too?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, CAKE

    The short position on The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE) continues to increase and it now stands at 13.30% of float. This lofty number might not make sense to the average investor considering the company’s margins are good and revenue is growing. And those aren’t the only positives. Management is also obsessed with finding ways to cut costs, which is a good sign as it leads to improved more »

  • Companies Affected by Cut Backs in Consumer Spending

    By Eileen Rojas - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, M, OC

    June data on consumer spending shows consumers cutting back on non-essential items and signals that slow economic growth continued for the second quarter of 2013. The Commerce Department reported that retail sales grew 0.4% last month. Excluding volatile sectors such as automobiles and gasoline, actual spending in June dropped 0.1%, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Downward revisions of spending in May suggested cautious spending by consumers, who more »

  • Which Full-Service Restaurant Company Should You Buy?

    By Awais Iqbal - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    Casual dining represents a great market in the United States. There have been many success stories of roadside eateries becoming giants because of their famous product offerings. The restaurant industry in the United States has leveraged its growth on the casual dining market.

    As the population of United States becomes more multicultural consumers have started to demand different tastes. There is also a rising trend of quick service retail and more »

  • 4 Great Dividend Increases

    By Karin Hernandez - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, DRI, SWY, CLX

    According to the financial website InvestorPlace, 50 blue-chip companies raised their dividends during the second quarter of 2013. This despite stock market declines, which were reportedly because of the Federal Reserve’s hints that it may begin easing back on stimulus by as early as September.

    Investors are still flocking to dividend companies, even though bond interest rates are starting to increase. Dividend companies can offer a steady income stream more »

  • What Are You Willing to Pay for Noodles?

    By Jon Quast - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: BLMN, BWLD, CMG, DRI, NDLS

    Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) ignited the IPO scene last week by nearly tripling in value its very first week of public trading. Investors are buzzing about the opportunity to get in on a serious growth prospect. How big is the growth potential here though? The company currently operates 345 restaurants. Well, the plan management drafted calls for 2,500 - an increase of nearly 700%.

    This projected store count is simply more »

  • Three Growing and High Yielding Dividend Stocks

    By Anh HOANG - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: DRI, RCI, TNH

    Investors get two sources of income from investments: dividends and capital gains. If the company is growing its earnings, it will increase its dividend payments to its shareholders, which could in turn help boost the company’s stock price. In this post I screen for companies that might provide suitable income to investors by using the following criteria: (1) the dividend yield is higher than 4%, (2) the dividend growth more »

  • Should You Invest Where You Eat?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: EAT, DRI, DIN

    Have you eaten at Chili’s lately? If so, then you have supported Brinker International (NYSE: EAT). If you prefer a more upscale dining experience, or if you simply prefer Italian food, then perhaps you have dined at Maggiano’s at some point. If so, then you have also supported Brinker International.

    Between these two establishments, Brinker owns and operates nearly 1,600 restaurants around the world. Brinker’s stock more »

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