Published On: Tue, Sep 13th, 2016

Investors Buy El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (LOCO) on Weakness

Traders purchased shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO) on weakness during trading on Monday. $23.30 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $2.53 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $20.77 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, El Pollo Loco Holdings had the 2nd highest net in-flow for the day. El Pollo Loco Holdings traded down ($0.03) for the day and closed at $13.70
LOCO has been the topic of several recent research reports. Vetr lowered El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $12.74 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, July 11th. Robert W. Baird restated a “neutral” rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 25th. Morgan Stanley restated a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 price objective on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report on Friday, August 5th. Finally, Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a report on Thursday, August 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. El Pollo Loco Holdings currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $15.53.
The stock has a market capitalization of $526.34 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.22 and a beta of 0.20. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $13.55 and its 200 day moving average price is $12.96.

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El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.19 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.01. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a return on equity of 11.01% and a net margin of 6.20%. The company had revenue of $97.50 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $96.66 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.19 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 8.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. will post $0.70 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
About El Pollo Loco Holdings
El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc is a restaurant concept that offers fire-grilling citrus-marinated chicken. The Company operates in the limited service restaurant segment. The Company’s activities are conducted through its subsidiary, El Pollo Loco, Inc (EPL), which develops, franchises, licenses and operates quick-service restaurants under the name El Pollo Loco.

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