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 most optimistic price target was 105, which equates to a potential upside of 21.5 percent. The lowest price target was 85, which equates to a potential downside of -1.64 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

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. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 1.36 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 2.41 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the 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.

Analysts estimate earnings of DRI to grow at a rate of 16.31 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. DRI has a PEG ratio of 1.39.

DRI has traded between a high of 95.22 and a low of 59.50 over the past year. Currently the stock is 45.24 percent higher than its low, and 9.24 percent below the 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 stock has a market capitalization of $10.89 billion. DRI will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.