Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE:DRI) does about 1.23M shares in volume on a normal day but saw 838963 shares change hands in Tuesday trading. The company now has a market cap of 17.98B USD. Its current market price is $147.99, marking an increase of 0.88% compared to the previous close of $146.70. The 52 week high reached by this stock is $155.25 whilst the lowest price level in 52 weeks is $110.96. The script in recent trading has seen the stock touch a high of $148.36 and a low of $146.36.
Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) has a 20-day trading average at $142.68 and the current price is -4.68% off the 52-week high compared with 33.37% distance from its 52-week low. The 50-day simple moving average of the closing price is $134.89 and its 200-day simple moving average is $129.24. If we look at the stock’s price movements over the week, volatility stands at 2.14%, which increases to 2.44% over 1 month. It is also key to look at other market indicators of price movement for the stock, where we see that the relative strength index (RSI) is at 67.23 to suggest the stock is neutral.
30 analysts observing the Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) stock have set the 12-month price targets for the company’s shares at between $125.00 and $156.00. The consensus objective for the share price is $142.31, suggesting that the stock has a potential downside of -3.99% over the period. The median price target is -4.22% away from the current levels at $142.00.
FactSet Research has provided data showing that 30 brokerages have issued ratings for the stock. 0 analysts have rated it as a sell, while 4 advise that it is a overweight. 16 analysts have rated it as a buy and 10 have advised that investors hold their positions. The consensus recommendation rating is Overweight and Wall Street’s advice is for investors to Moderate Buy the stock.
The company shares received a number of brokerage firm price updates over the past month, with the latest being on September 23, 2022 when Stephens resumed the stock to “Overweight” and issued a price target of $140. BofA Securities resumed its price target at $145.
The current price level is 4.16%, 10.02%, and 14.55% away from its SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200 respectively, with the DRI price moving above the 50-day SMA on November 22. Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) stock is up 3.42% over the week and 10.44% over the past month. Its price is -1.76% year-to-date and 0.75% over the past year.
The company’s next earnings report is expected on 12/16/2022, with forecasts estimating quarterly EPS at $1.42 and $7.68 for whole year. DRI’s earnings per share are forecast to grow by 3.90% this year and 12.40% over next year. Expected sales for next quarter are $2.7 billion, which analysts say will come at $10.31 billion for the current fiscal year and next year at $10.9 billion. In addition, estimates put the company’s current quarterly revenue at an average of $2.42 billion.
Its 12-month price target is $142.00. To reach the target analysts have set, the stock logically needs to shrink -3.99 percent from here. Of course, the average price target is just what the average analysts believe a stock will be worth in the next 52 weeks, and is only one metric. There are analysts with lower targets than the average, including one bearish Wall Street research firm advocating investors to wait for the price to pull back to $125.00, given the recent momentum. And then, on the bullish side of things, one analyst is expecting the stock to peak at $156.00.
Outstanding shares total 122.90M with insiders holding 0.36% of the shares and institutional holders owning 90.96% of the company’s common stock. The company has a return on investment of 24.80% and return on equity of 40.30%. The price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 20.50 while the forward price to earnings ratio is 17.15. The beta has a value of 1.22. Price to book ratio is 8.81 and price to sales ratio is 1.84.
Washington Mutual Investors Fund isn’t the only investment manager who changed stakes and is followed by American Funds Income Fund of Ame, which sold off -0.4 million shares to end up with 5,643,300 shares worth $807.78 million.