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Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) Rises On Wave Of Analyst Upgrades

Friday, September 18, 2020 | Thomas Hughes
Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) Rises On Wave Of Analyst UpgradesA Tidal Wave With Tailwinds Will Push Domino’s Pizza Higher
Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) has a long history of analysts upgrades. Since the first quarter of 2020 there have been at least 25 major analysts calls and they are all bullish. The updates range from simply reiterated buys to outright upgrades and target increases but the trend is clear. Domino’s is growing, the shares are getting more valuable, and the trend is not yet over. The latest was issued within the last week and point to more of the same. Steady continued market share gains, revenue growth, profits and dividends.

Analyst Brian Bittner of Oppenheimer says"our analysis suggests the investment community underappreciates the path of SSS through 2021 and the medium-term unit growth opportunity … Relative value has become attractive with shares only in-line with pre-COVID levels, despite higher '21E earnings estimates and room for further revisions, in our view."

Andrew Charles of Cowen upgraded the stock to Outperform saying "We believe Domino's is implementing a successful long-term playbook to help extend the success the off-premise and digitally-oriented business is seeing amid COVID-19. This includes menu and technological innovation, expanded value offerings and an ad fund surplus to help gain share in the $41 billion QSR pizza category.”

Revenue Gains Will Stick For Domino’s Pizza

The 2nd quarter results were excellent and the company is only expected to build on those gains. Total comp sales increased 16.1% to exceed consensus by 500 basis points and that does not include new stores opened during the quarter. The consensus for 3rd quarter growth is in the range of 2.5% which I think quite low given the evidence. Sales growth may have decelerated from the 2nd quarter but I doubt it was that much.

Longer-term, Domino’s is projected to produce mid-single-digit sales growth on a YOY basis for the next few years at least. The evidence is in the hiring. The company recently announced an additional 20,000 hires across all operational segments to meet the demand. Although some of the latest innovations were met with less than wholehearted enthusiasm from its customers the attempt to innovate and gain market are positives.

The consensus rating for Domino’s Pizza is a buy and has been getting stronger over the past few weeks. Even so, there are still 9 of 30 analysts with neutral ratings which ultimately is a good thing, the can provide additional fuel to the analyst-driven rally as time progresses. The consensus price target is $409 or about 3.5% upside from recent price action but this too is low. The high price-target is $450 and there are a growing number of analysts on board with that estimate.

Domino’s May Not Be A Buy At These Levels

As attractive as Domino’s growth outlook is, the stock may not be a buy at current levels. Trading near $395 the stock is valued at 31X this year and 30X next year’s earnings which is a bit high for the fast-food group. McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) is trading near 38X its earnings but McDonald’s pays a much larger yield. Others in the group are trading in the low to high 20’s which suggests Domino’s is a bit overvalued compared to them. Papa John's (NASDAQ:PZZA) is a different story. That pizza maker is trading near 52X its earnings for why, I don't know. It's a great company it’s not the only fast-food restaurant to do well in the post-pandemic environment .

Price action has been giving mixed signals over the last month or two. While the trend/bias remains bullish the stock is trading near the bottom of a range and maybe heading lower. If the stock can’t get back above the short-term moving average a retest of the $380 level should be expected. If the stock can move above the short-term moving average it may continue up the top of the range near $420. The next earnings release is October 8th and may provide a catalyst for new highs. The risk is with the market, an overeager market may not be happy with the results no matter how good they are. Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) Rises On Wave Of Analyst Upgrades

Companies Mentioned in This Article

CompanyBeat the Market™ RankCurrent PricePrice ChangeDividend YieldP/E RatioConsensus RatingConsensus Price Target
Domino's Pizza (DPZ)1.6$394.41-0.1%0.79%33.80Buy$423.57
McDonald's (MCD)2.3$227.45+0.6%2.20%36.05Buy$221.85
Papa John's International (PZZA)1.7$77.37+0.1%1.16%221.06Buy$94.60
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7 Tech Stocks To Buy On Sale

This too shall pass. Those four words should be taped to the computer screen of every investor. If you own shares of the tech sector, you’ve seen your portfolio take quite a hit. Tech stocks were largely immune from the effects of the pandemic.

However, as investors are looking to rebalance their portfolios, tech stocks were obvious targets for some profit-taking. And at the end of the day, that’s what I believe the latest tech selloff amounts to. Stocks don’t move in one direction all the time. Sure, there may be some saber-rattling about breaking up big tech. But with an election in less than two months, nobody will have the political will to do anything.

That doesn’t mean that it’s all going to be smooth sailing. Sure, the Federal Reserve did its part by promising low-interest rates until the end of time (or at least through 2023 whatever comes first). But the rest of 2020 is likely to be volatile for stocks.

First, there’s still the novel coronavirus hanging around. It’s not going to simply disappear after election day. That will take some combination of a vaccine and/or therapeutic. And all the likely candidates seem to be getting farther away the deeper into clinical trials they get.

And we have an election. But we are not likely to know the winner of the election on election night. In fact, for those who remember the spectacle of “hanging chads”, this election could make that one look like amateur hour.

The bottom line is there will be uncertainty. But there are always gains to be found, particularly now that their stock price has come down a little bit. Here are seven tech stocks that you can look to add or increase a position in now that they’re trading at a discount.

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