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Morning Market Movers: Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI)

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) is a large market cap stock with a market cap of 10.74 B. It is in the Restaurants industry and sector Services, with a current P/E of 22, a forward P/E of 19.88 and EPS of 3.93. At a stock price of 86.45 (1.08%) it has a dividend yield of 2.59%.

EPS growth for the last five years have been -4.00%, more recently this last year it has grown by 83.70%. The next year growth is going to be about 9.08% and more long-term 11.72% after five years. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 58.00%. Sales growth for the past five years have been -1.60% and sales growth quarter over quarter is 1.70%.

For performance, Darden Restaurants, Inc. the past week has seen a gain of -2.01%. For the last month performance for Darden Restaurants, Inc. is 4.11%. While the last quarter is 14.83% and half year, 20.05%. Finally for the year, performance is 41.69%.

The 52-week high for Darden Restaurants, Inc., is at -3.02%, and for the 52-week low it comes to a value of 48.77%. The 20-day simple moving average is 0.00% and 21.35% for the 200-day simple moving average.

Volatility for the week is at 1.54%, and for the month it is 1.31%. Darden Restaurants, Inc., has a target price of 84.38.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.22, and for total debt/equity Darden Restaurants, Inc. has 0. The gross margin is 21.90%, while operating margin is 9.90%, the profit margin is 7.00%. The current ratio is 0.7 and the quick ratio is 0.6.

Insider ownership is at 0.10%, with instituitional ownership at 99.90%. Darden Restaurants, Inc. has a payout ratio of 53.50%. With the total shares outstanding coming to 124.21. The shares float is 124.06, with the float short at 8.04%, with short ratio coming to 6.3.

In terms of returns, the return on assets see Darden Restaurants, Inc., get 10.90%, with its returns on investment at 22.20%. Return on equity is 26.10%. So will the investors see the target price of 84.38, reached soon?

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

 Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI)

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