$0.98 EPS Expected for Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI); 1 Analysts Covering Sonic Automotive (SAH)

September 1, 2017 - By Migdalia James

Analysts expect Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) to report $0.98 EPS on September, 26 before the open.They anticipate $0.10 EPS change or 11.36% from last quarter’s $0.88 EPS. DRI’s profit would be $121.65M giving it 20.94 P/E if the $0.98 EPS is correct. After having $1.18 EPS previously, Darden Restaurants, Inc.’s analysts see -16.95% EPS growth. The stock decreased 0.92% or $0.76 on August 31, reaching $82.09. About shares traded. Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) has risen 31.96% since September 1, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 15.26% the S&P500.

Among 6 analysts covering Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH), 1 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 4 Hold. Therefore 17% are positive. Sonic Automotive had 11 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was downgraded by Zacks to “Hold” on Thursday, August 27. Jefferies maintained Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH) rating on Friday, June 16. Jefferies has “Hold” rating and $22 target. As per Tuesday, August 22, the company rating was maintained by Jefferies. Sidoti initiated the shares of SAH in report on Thursday, January 21 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, July 19 by Jefferies. Goldman Sachs upgraded Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH) on Monday, November 9 to “Neutral” rating. CL King downgraded the stock to “Neutral” rating in Tuesday, January 10 report. The stock of Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH) earned “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Monday, April 11. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Bank of America given on Thursday, February 23. The rating was upgraded by Bank of America to “Buy” on Wednesday, July 22. See Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH) latest ratings:

22/08/2017 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Hold New Target: $22.0 Maintain
19/07/2017 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Hold New Target: $22.0000 Maintain
16/06/2017 Broker: Jefferies Rating: Hold New Target: $22.00 Maintain

Among 22 analysts covering Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI), 9 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 41% are positive. Darden Restaurants had 55 analyst reports since August 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Raymond James downgraded the shares of DRI in report on Friday, January 29 to “Underperform” rating. The rating was upgraded by Guggenheim to “Buy” on Thursday, December 1. The stock has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank on Friday, December 16. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of DRI in report on Wednesday, April 6 with “Overweight” rating. Oppenheimer maintained the shares of DRI in report on Thursday, November 12 with “Outperform” rating. Canaccord Genuity maintained Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) rating on Tuesday, June 27. Canaccord Genuity has “Buy” rating and $10200 target. The stock of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, July 20 by Oppenheimer. The stock of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) earned “Market Perform” rating by Raymond James on Monday, October 12. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, April 6 by BTIG Research. The stock has “Hold” rating by Credit Suisse on Thursday, March 30.

Darden Restaurants, Inc. is a full-service restaurant company. The company has market cap of $10.19 billion. The Firm owned and operated 1,536 restaurants through its subsidiaries in the United States and Canada, as of May 29, 2016. It has a 21.45 P/E ratio. The Company’s divisions include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Fine Dining ) and Other Business (which includes Yard House, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze, consumer-packaged goods and franchise revenues).

Since March 31, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 2 insider sales for $15.17 million activity. Shares for $8.16M were sold by LEE EUGENE I JR. $7.01 million worth of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) shares were sold by GEORGE DAVID C.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.95 in 2016 Q4. Its down 0.19, from 1.14 in 2016Q3. It turned negative, as 54 investors sold Darden Restaurants, Inc. shares while 165 reduced holdings. 77 funds opened positions while 154 raised stakes. 111.55 million shares or 5.19% more from 106.05 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Lee Danner And Bass owns 6,440 shares for 0.06% of their portfolio. Ww Asset Mgmt Incorporated invested in 0.03% or 11,605 shares. Financial Bank Of America Corporation De invested in 644,708 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Wisconsin-based Johnson Finance Gp has invested 0% in Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI). Parametric Port Assoc Ltd Liability reported 0.03% stake. First Bank & Trust Na owns 14,156 shares. Blair William & Il, a Illinois-based fund reported 3,412 shares. Vantage Investment Lc reported 0% stake. Raab And Moskowitz Asset Management Ltd Liability Corporation invested 0.93% in Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI). Blackrock Institutional Tru Na holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) for 3.33M shares. Sg Americas Ltd Liability Corporation, a New York-based fund reported 173,161 shares. Quantres Asset Management Ltd holds 0.63% or 12,400 shares in its portfolio. Guggenheim Llc has 0.16% invested in Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) for 777,200 shares. Lmr Prtn Limited Liability Partnership has 15,553 shares for 0.17% of their portfolio. United Kingdom-based Dynamic Cap has invested 0.23% in Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI).

Sonic Automotive, Inc. is an automotive retailer in the United States. The company has market cap of $793.89 million. The Company’s operating divisions include Franchised Dealerships and EchoPark. It has a 11.82 P/E ratio. The Company’s Franchised Dealerships segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles and buy and sell used vehicles, sell replacement parts, perform vehicle repair and maintenance services, and arrange finance and insurance products.

The stock increased 6.16% or $1.05 on August 31, reaching $18.1. About shares traded. Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH) has risen 13.17% since September 1, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 3.53% the S&P500.

Since March 20, 2017, it had 3 insider purchases, and 0 insider sales for $2.47 million activity. Shares for $2.01M were bought by SMITH O BRUTON on Monday, March 20. The insider TAYLOR R EUGENE bought $102,573.

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