Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) and Mcdonald’s (NYSE:MCD) are both large-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and risk.
Risk and Volatility
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Darden Restaurants has a beta of 0.15, meaning that its share price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mcdonald’s has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
89.5% of Darden Restaurants shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.9% of Mcdonald’s shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Darden Restaurants shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Mcdonald’s shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2021: REGENXBIO Inc.(RGNX)
We are a leading biotechnology company focused on the development, commercialization and licensing of recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy. In AAV gene therapy, the viral genes are removed from the AAV, a small, non-pathogenic virus, creating a biological delivery vehicle called a vector. A therapeutic gene sequence is then inserted, creating a recombinant vector. Our proprietary AAV gene delivery platform (our NAV Technology Platform) consists of exclusive rights to over 100 novel AAV vectors, including AAV7, AAV8, AAV9 and AAVrh10 (NAV Vectors). Our mission is to transform the lives of patients suffering from severe diseases with significant unmet medical needs by developing and commercializing gene therapy products administered directly into the body, or in vivo, based on our NAV Technology Platform. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Todd Campbell]
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Crispr Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP) and Editas Medicine (NASDAQ:EDIT), just now entering clinical trials with CRISPR-based gene editing tools, rose as much as 24% and 11.8%, respectively. bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE), Solid Biosciences (NASDAQ:SLDB), Regenxbio (NASDAQ:RGNX), and Audentes Therapeutics (NASDAQ:BOLD) each rose at least 16.5% to start the day. uniQure (NASDAQ:QURE) outpaced all peers, however, rising as much as 42.9%.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2021: Vera Bradley Inc.(VRA)
Vera Bradley, Inc., through its subsidiary, Vera Bradley Designs, Inc., engages in the design, production, marketing, and retail of functional accessories for women under the ?Vera Bradley? brand. Its products include a range of handbags, accessories, and travel and leisure items. The company sells its products to independent retailers located in the United States, as well as to national retailers and third party e-commerce sites. As of January 29, 2011, Vera Bradley, Inc. sold its products directly through 35 full-price stores, 4 outlet stores, verabradley.com, and an annual outlet sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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Stocks to Watch Today: EXPR, BA, TSLA
Shares of Express Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPR) are off more than 13% this morning after the retail firm issued extremely weak guidance before the bell Wednesday. Although the retail firm topped EPS estimates, it reported a 6% drop in same-store sales to complement a decline in revenue. The firm called its earnings report “disappointing” and listed a series of other challenges that face the company in 2019. Just don’t buy the stock. Shares of Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) were off in pre-market hours as the global aviation giant continued to reel from last weekend’s Ethiopia Air crash. Countries around the globe are grounding Boeing Air MAX 9 jets until further maintenance and updates are provided by the company. China, Australia, Indonesia, and the European Union have grounded Air 737 MAX 8 flights, and investors are worried that the second crash in five months for one of these planes will cause a delay in orders. BA stock is off 11% in the last two days. Shares of Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) were off in pre-market hours thanks to a negative investor report from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS). Goldman issued a “Sell” rating for the stock and projected a weaker price for TSLA stock over concerns about fa
- [By Timothy Green]
Shares of Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA) soared on Wednesday following a fourth-quarter report that beat expectations. The fashion specialist’s revenue and earnings came in ahead of analyst estimates, and its full-year guidance was better than expected. As of 11:55 a.m. EDT, the stock was up about 19.9%.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2021: Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc.(BRG)
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (“we,” “us,” or the “Company”) was incorporated on July 25, 2008 under the laws of the state of Maryland.
We have elected to be treated, and currently qualify, as a real estate investment trust (or “REIT”) for federal income tax purposes. As a REIT, we generally are not subject to corporate-level income taxes. To maintain our REIT status, we are required, among other requirements, to distribute annually at least 90% of our “REIT taxable income,” as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), to our stockholders. If we fail to qualify as a REIT in any taxable year, we would be subject to federal income tax on our taxable income at regular corporate tax rates. We were incorporated to raise capital and acquire a diverse portfolio of residential real estate assets. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Shane Hupp]
A number of research analysts have commented on BRG shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Bluerock Residential Growth REIT from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, February 15th. Boenning Scattergood reissued a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 target price on shares of Bluerock Residential Growth REIT in a research report on Tuesday, November 6th. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Bluerock Residential Growth REIT in a research report on Tuesday, November 6th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of Bluerock Residential Growth REIT from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 24th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $11.17.
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About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT
- [By Shane Hupp]
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT Inc Class A (NYSEAMERICAN:BRG) was the target of a large decrease in short interest in August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 1,697,945 shares, a decrease of 7.7% from the August 15th total of 1,840,022 shares. Approximately 7.2% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 110,334 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 15.4 days.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks For 2021: Civeo Corporation(CVEO)
Civeo Corporation provides remote site accommodations for the natural resource industry in Australia, Canada, and the United States. It also offers facility management services, including food services; customized facility management information systems that provide clients with the tools and information necessary to manage the allocation of contracted rooms and service days; and support services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, facility maintenance, laundry, communications, supply chain and logistics management, power generation, and transportation and personnel logistics. In addition, the company provides rental fleet of modular facilities for short term accommodation needs; rental facilities for wellsite requirements comprising living quarters and equipment; and solutions for offshore accommodation needs which consists of rental fleet of approximately 500 accommodations for installation and use on offshore platforms, vessels, salvage/dredging barges, and ships. In addition, it develops and operates water and wastewater treatment plants in remote locations, which include sewage collection systems, sewage treatment plants, potable water treatment plants, and water distribution systems. Further, the company designs, engineers, produces, transports, and installs a range of modular or site-built facilities. It operates 17 lodges and villages with an aggregate of approximately 22,000 rooms. It serves independent oil and natural gas companies, mining companies, and oilfield and mining service companies. Civeo Corporation is based in Houston, Texas.