Analyst Ratings for Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI)

Updated: 2017-07-26

Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE:DRI) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. Last month, DRI received an average rating of Overweight.

Of the 26 analysts covering the stock, 7 gave it a buy rating, 1 issued an overweight rating, 17 gave a hold rating, 1 issued an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 0 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for DRI. The highest price target was 105, implying potential capital gains of 21.5 percent. The lowest price target was 85, implying potential capital losses of -1.64 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 3.69 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 5.37 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 1.36 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 2.41 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 8 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 8 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of DRI's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 16.31 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of DRI is 1.39.

DRI has traded between a high of 95.22 and a low of 59.50 over the past year. Today's price is 45.24 percent above the 52-week low, and 9.24 percent lower than its 52-week high. DRI has a price/earnings ratio of 22.68. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The DRI value stock report compares DRI to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of DRI is $10.89 billion. DRI's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.