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Chipotle

$304.33

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07:34

Chipotle headwinds limit earnings potential, says UBS

UBS analyst Dennis Geiger noted Chipotle reported in-line Q4 results behind better G&A. The analyst believes a new perspective and strategy could support improvements, but near-term trends are unlikely to benefit and earnings could be negatively impacted by an earnings reset. He remains concerned with the sales and earnings trajectory going forward given the still elevated valuation. Geiger reiterated his Sell rating and lowered his price target to $275 from $290 on Chipotle shares.

CMG Chipotle
$304.33

4.03 (1.34%)

02/07/18
WEDB
02/07/18
NO CHANGE
Target $285
WEDB
Neutral
Chipotle price target lowered to $285 from $310 at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Nick Setyan lowered his price target for Chipotle to $285 from $310 as he believes current valuation appropriately reflects Chipotle's low-single-digit same-store sales growth trajectory, along with limited visibility into Chipotle's near- and medium-term margin trajectory. The analyst reiterates a Neutral rating on the shares.
02/07/18
SPHN
02/07/18
NO CHANGE
Target $285
SPHN
Equal Weight
Chipotle valuation 'increasingly concerning' given recovery pace, says Stephens
Stephens analyst Will Slabaugh lowered his price target on Chipotle shares to $285 from $300 following the company's Q4 report, noting that its sales result represent a slowing of intra-quarter trends, which he attributes to continued negative publicity around food illnesses and a relatively mild traffic lift from the launch of queso. Slabaugh maintains his Equal Weight rating on the shares, stating that he is "increasingly" concerned about valuation given traffic trends and the pace of recovery.
02/07/18
DBAB
02/07/18
NO CHANGE
Target $235
DBAB
Sell
Chipotle price target lowered to $235 from $290 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Brett Levy cut his price target for Chipotle Mexican Grill shares to $235 following last night's Q4 results. In a research note titled "Chipping Away At Issues, Chopping Down Earnings," the analyst keeps a Sell rating on the shares. While the quarter was relatively in-line with expectations, the investment community will likely be more focused on the "apparent lack of a true and still hoped for" sales recovery, the level of incremental spending and a more modest-than-expected tax reform benefit, Levy writes. The analyst remains cautious on Chipotle citing "sluggish" fundamentals and strategic uncertainty.
02/07/18
STFL
02/07/18
DOWNGRADE
Target $250
STFL
Sell
Stifel sees Chipotle's negative traffic persisting, downgrades shares to Sell
Stifel analyst Chris O'Cull downgraded Chipotle Mexican Grill to Sell from Hold and cut his price target for the shares to $250 from $310. The stock in premarket trading is down 8%, or $23.32, to $281.01. The company's Q4 earnings missed on already low expectations, O'Cull tells investors in a research note. The analyst expects Chipotle's negative traffic to persist. The company seems to be relying on easier comparisons this summer, rather than any initiatives to reverse the trend, he contends. O'Cull believes improving traffic "could prove especially difficult" following the 5% menu price increase.

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