DRI stock: buy or sell?

DRI stock price: $119.80 -0.73% At close on September 20th, 2019

Updated on:
September 20th, 2019


Darden Restaurants depreciated -0.73% today to $119.80 after marking all time highs on Sep/13. Yesterday DRI plunged a spooky -5.34%.

Darden Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates full-service restaurants in the United States and Canada.

Should I buy DRI stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. That's why is so important to define your own trading strategy that fits your character as inversor. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Darden Restaurants stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean DRI will fall in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Darden Restaurants stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we gathered 15 ratings published for DRI stock in the last month.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for DRI stock, with 9 positive ratings.
Is DRI a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-20SunTrust Banksn/aBuy
2019-9-20Piper Jaffray Companiesn/aOverweight
2019-9-19DZ Bankn/aNeutral
2019-9-18Berenberg Bankn/aBuy
2019-9-12Wells Fargo & Con/aMarket Perform
2019-9-11Goldman Sachs Groupn/aNeutral
2019-9-10Independent Researchn/aBuy
2019-8-27Credit Suisse Groupn/aSell
2019-8-19Independent Researchn/aBuy
2019-8-16DZ Bankn/aBuy
2019-8-15UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-8-15Jefferies Financial Groupn/aBuy

DRI stock analysis

Daily outlook

After sliding a spooky -5.34% yesterday, Darden Restaurants closed today at $119.80 and depreciated a lame -0.73%.

Darden Restaurants depreciated -0.73% today to $119.80 after topping to all time highs on Sep/13. On September/13, DRI hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $127.99 recorded on Sep 11th. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

DRI stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After climbing for 4 weeks, this week Darden Restaurants plummed a bloodcurdling -5.92%, closing at $119.80.

Not so far away is the last price record Darden Restaurants marked last week. Since SMA20d and SMA40w crossed up late April, DRI price climbed $3.75 per share (3.23%). Since mid March when DRI stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $13.59 (12.80%).

DRI stock chart (weekly)

DRI stock price history

DRI stock went public on May 9th, 1995 with a price of $3.191. Since then, DRI stock grew a 3,655.50%, with an average of 152.30% per year. If you had invested right after DRI's IPO a $1,000 in DRI stock in 1995, it would worth $36,555.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

DRI stock historical price chart

DRI stock reached all-time highs on Sep 13th with a price of $128.41.

DRI stock price target is $127.30

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last month we found 4 price predictions for DRI stock:
DRI stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-9-20SunTrust BanksLowers Targetn/a$139.00-
2019-9-20Piper Jaffray CompaniesReiterates$125.00$128.002.4%
2019-9-12Wells Fargo & CoRaises Target$116.00$117.000.9%
(in average)$120.50$127.306.0%
The price target for Darden Restaurants stock is $127.30, moving in a range between $139.00 and $117.00. In average, analysts' outlook on DRI price target is positive, increasing the target by a 6.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After posting its last earnings report on March, Darden Restaurants . As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this review.
DRI earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, Darden Restaurants annual sales boosted a dazzling 12.69% to $8,080.10 million dollars from $7,170.20 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, in contrast, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) remained steady a 0.69% to 7.38%.

To have an up to date view of the financial situation of Darden Restaurants, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Darden Restaurants TTM sales up to February 2019 were $8,415.40 and earnings were $679.90 M USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Darden Restaurants business evolution since May 2018: Annual sales up to February, compared to lastest yearly report, raised a good 4.15%. However, profit margin (net income/sales) stayed stable at 7.38%.

DRI annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$8,550 M-$413 M4.8%-
2014$6,290 M-26.43%$183 M2.9%-55.60%
2015$6,764 M7.54%$710 M10.5%287.28%
2016$6,934 M2.51%$375 M5.4%-47.15%
2017$7,170 M3.41%$479 M6.7%27.76%
2018$8,080 M12.69%$596 M7.4%24.40%
TTM $8,415 M4.15%$680 M8.1%14.08%

Quarterly financial results

Darden Restaurants posted $2,246.50 M in sales for 2019-Q1, a 13.84% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $223.60 million with a profit margin of 9.95%. Profit margin gained a 4.10% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 5.86%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Darden Restaurants sales marked a decent increase and jumped a 5.55%.
DRI quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$1,930 M-$125 M6.5%-
2017-Q3$1,940 M0.52%$121 M6.3%-3.27%
2017-Q4$1,882 M-3.02%$85 M4.5%-30.17%
2018-Q1$2,128 M13.12%$218 M10.2%157.14%
2018-Q2$2,134 M0.27%$175 M8.2%-19.88%
2018-Q3$2,061 M-3.41%$166 M8.1%-4.76%
2018-Q4$1,973 M-4.27%$116 M5.9%-30.45%
2019-Q1$2,247 M13.84%$224 M10.0%93.43%

Darden Restaurants ownership

When you are planning to buy shares of a stock, it's worth to review its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Darden Restaurants, 0.19% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for DRI stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Darden Restaurants:

Market cap$14.7 B
Total shares122.8 M
Float shares122.7 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)93.2%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.2%
Shares in short selling0.0%

DRI summary

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Day range$119.05 - $121.55
Previous close$120.68
Session gain-0.73%
Average true range$2.81
50d mov avg$122.45
100d mov avg$120.83
200d mov avg$114.65
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern

Darden Restaurants performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. We compared Darden Restaurants against in the following table:
DRIDarden Restaurant...-0.48%3.38%9.08%

Darden Restaurants competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Darden Restaurants competitor. This doesn't mean Darden Restaurants does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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