BidaskClub lowered shares of El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Saturday, BidAskClub reports.

A number of other brokerages have also commented on LOCO. ValuEngine upgraded shares of El Pollo LoCo from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Monday, November 4th. Guggenheim set a $15.00 price target on shares of El Pollo LoCo and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Friday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo LoCo from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $16.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 6th. Finally, SunTrust Banks upped their price target on shares of El Pollo LoCo to $14.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Friday, November 1st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $15.00.

Shares of El Pollo LoCo stock traded down $0.39 during trading on Friday, hitting $14.87. 369,851 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 466,156. The stock has a market capitalization of $508.94 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 0.58. The company has a fifty day moving average price of $12.71 and a 200-day moving average price of $11.27. El Pollo LoCo has a 1-year low of $9.60 and a 1-year high of $18.47. The company has a current ratio of 0.34, a quick ratio of 0.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 31st. The restaurant operator reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $112.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $110.21 million. El Pollo LoCo had a negative net margin of 0.46% and a positive return on equity of 10.85%. El Pollo LoCo’s revenue for the quarter was down .1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.19 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that El Pollo LoCo will post 0.73 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in LOCO. Bank of Montreal Can acquired a new position in El Pollo LoCo in the 2nd quarter valued at about $29,000. United Services Automobile Association grew its stake in El Pollo LoCo by 12.4% in the 2nd quarter. United Services Automobile Association now owns 11,566 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $123,000 after buying an additional 1,276 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. grew its stake in El Pollo LoCo by 24.9% in the 2nd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 14,586 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $155,000 after buying an additional 2,909 shares during the last quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp boosted its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 16.5% in the 3rd quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp now owns 14,761 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $162,000 after purchasing an additional 2,090 shares during the period. Finally, State of Alaska Department of Revenue boosted its holdings in El Pollo LoCo by 112.7% in the 3rd quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 15,834 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $173,000 after purchasing an additional 8,388 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.49% of the company’s stock.

El Pollo LoCo Company Profile

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc, through its subsidiary El Pollo Loco, Inc, develops, franchises, licenses, and operates quick-service restaurants under the El Pollo Loco name. The company offers citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken, and handcrafted entrée products, including specialty chicken burritos, chicken quesadillas, and chicken tortilla soup, as well as under 500 calorie entrees, and Pollo Bowl and Pollo salad products.

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