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Oppenheimer Cooks Up 2017 Outlook For 6 Restaurant Stocks

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Oppenheimer Cooks Up 2017 Outlook For 6 Restaurant Stocks

Restaurant stocks closed 2016 higher by 13 percent, which is 3 percentage points better than the S&P 500 index. Brian Bittner of Oppenheimer cited the group's gain to the "post-election multiple expansion."

Now that valuations of restaurant stocks are trading at "familiar top-heavy levels" at a time when industry-wide sales are falling, investors should be selective of what stocks they hold in their portfolio.

Here is a list of restaurant stocks Bittner likes and is cautious on:

  • Shares of Panera Bread Co (NASDAQ: PNRA) were upgraded to Outperform from Perform with a newly established $240 price target and named a top pick.
  • Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) (Outperform rated, $65 price target) and Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) (Outperform rated, price target raised to $125 from a previous $115) were also named as top picks.
  • Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ: BOBE) was downgraded to Perform from Outperform with no assigned price target (from a previous $55).
  • Among the Market Perform rated names, the analyst is most cautious on Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) (no assigned price target).
  • Among the Market Perform rated names, the analyst is most constructive on BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: BJRI) (no assigned price target).

Latest Ratings for BJRI

DateFirmActionFromTo
May 2020Deutsche BankMaintainsHold
May 2020WedbushMaintainsOutperform
May 2020Morgan StanleyMaintainsEqual-Weight

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