Restaurant chain operator Darden Restaurants, Inc. (
) on Wednesday saw its coverage initiated with a "Buy" rating by
analysts at Janney Montgomery Scott.
The firm also set a $54 price target on DRI, which represents an
expected 22% upside to the stock's Tuesday closing price of
A JMS analyst commented, "We view the potential positives for
the company and its stock as outweighing the risks. Among the
positive factors for the company and its stock are - according to
our industry sources - a recent turn for the better in
casual-dining same-store sales, the solid strategic positioning of
Olive Garden (which should help it achieve additional market-share
gains), and a possible return to positive territory for Red
Lobster's same-store sales during ( May) fiscal 2011."
Darden shares were mostly flat in premarket trading
The Bottom Line
We had removed shares of DRI from our recommended list back on May
14, when the stock was trading at $44.20. The company has a
dividend yield of 2.88%, based on last night's closing stock price
of $44.38. The stock has technical support in the $40 price area.
If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the
$45-$48 price levels.
Darden Restaurants, Inc. (
) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™
Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.
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