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Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE:DRI) is Gaining Momentum on Earnings Catalyst

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Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) shares are trading at higher $100.58 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy, while the current analyst price target stands at $101.77.

To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $124.01 and the low is $26.15. Over the last 52 weeks, DRI is down -13.56% while the S&P 500 is up 13.13%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.

A Notable Earnings Report

In the last quarter, DRI reported a profit of $10.5 million. Darden Restaurants Inc. also saw revenues increase to $1.27 billion. In addition, DRI has free cash flow of $232.9 million as of 05-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at -$497.7 million which compares well with its peers.

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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. DRI has a short ratio of 2.36 and outstanding shares of 130.08M.

Company Outlook

DRI has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at -1.46. Darden Restaurants Inc. DRI also noted assets of $9.95 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as DRI has historically followed its peers on positive news.

All told, Darden Restaurants Inc. DRI has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, DRI represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.

Darden Restaurants Inc. DRI is now commanding a market cap of 13.10B and a float of 129.31M. DRI is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of DRI stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!

Disclosure: we hold no position in DRI, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.

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