Analyst's Ratings : Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI)

Darden Continues To Cook Up Solid Results But A Better Entry Point For The Stock Is Needed

(NYSE:DRI) that has shown a discernible change in trend levels over the path of recent market activity.

Among 27 analysts covering Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), 18 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 9 Hold.

The share price of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Closing price generally refers to the last price at which a stock trades during a regular trading session. Sequoia Fincl Lc has 0.53% invested in Darden Restaurants, Inc.

About 2.07 million shares traded or 3.50% up from the average.

06/28/2017 - Darden Restaurants, Inc. had its "underperform" rating reiterated by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. During the last 52 weeks, the (NASDAQ:VSTM) price has been as high as $5.71 and as low as $1.05. Panagora Asset Mgmt Inc owns 727,770 shares for 0.26% of their portfolio. It worsened, as 46 investors sold DRI shares while 190 reduced holdings.

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TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Darden Restaurants, Inc.

The stock's 50 day moving average is 82.69 and its 200 day moving average is 84.83. M&R Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in Darden Restaurants in the second quarter valued at $108,000. The dividend will be $0.630 per share for the quarter which is $2.52 annualized. Darden Restaurants had a net margin of 6.68% and a return on equity of 26.18%. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.88 EPS. As of the end of the fiscal first quarter, the Company had approximately $370 million remaining under the current $500-million repurchase authorization. In the latest earnings report the EPS was $3.80 and is estimated to be $4.47 for the current year with 125,418,000 shares outstanding. Its up 0.58% from 10.25M shares, reported previously. Share performance for the month is now at -3.59%. Darden Restaurants's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 66.14%.

A number of other research analysts have also recently issued reports on the company. Oppenheimer Holdings, lifted the price target on Darden Restaurants in a note on Mon, Jun 26th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada decreased their target price on Darden Restaurants from $96.00 to $90.00 and set a "sector perform" rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday. Jefferies maintained it with "Hold" rating and $90.0 target in Monday, September 11 report. Zacks Investment Research raised Darden Restaurants from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $100.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Darden Restaurants has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $85.32. Also, there are 0 buy, 1 sell and 0 strong sell ratings, collectively assigning a 2.44 average brokerage recommendation. Darden Restaurants now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $85.32. In this case performance of tends to percentage rate of return for a stock for a given time frame. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.19, for a total value of $8,162,935.56. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 165,062 shares in the company, valued at approximately $15,116,377.96. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. The Beta for the stock stands at 0.24. Moreover, Associated Banc has 0.03% invested in Darden Restaurants, Inc.

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The prevailing figure will allow the investment community to determine the size of Darden Restaurants, Inc.in contrast to the sales or total assets figures. The Firm owned and operated 1,536 restaurants through its subsidiaries in the United States and Canada, as of May 29, 2016.

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