Habit Restaurants (HABT) Given News Sentiment Score of -0.02

Headlines about Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ:HABT) have trended somewhat negative recently, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Habit Restaurants earned a news impact score of -0.02 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned media stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted AlphaOne’s scoring:

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Habit Restaurants from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday. Wedbush reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $20.00 target price on shares of Habit Restaurants in a research report on Saturday, January 28th. Wells Fargo & Co raised their target price on Habit Restaurants to $16.00 and gave the company an “in-line” rating in a research report on Friday, March 3rd. Cowen and Company raised their target price on Habit Restaurants from $17.00 to $22.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 4th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Habit Restaurants in a research note on Thursday, February 16th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $19.70.

Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ:HABT) opened at 18.90 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $18.48 and its 200 day moving average price is $16.29. The company has a market cap of $382.69 million, a P/E ratio of 70.00 and a beta of 1.18. Habit Restaurants has a 1-year low of $13.20 and a 1-year high of $19.75.

Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ:HABT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.09 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.08 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $78.64 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $78.42 million. Habit Restaurants had a return on equity of 5.39% and a net margin of 1.42%. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Habit Restaurants will post $0.29 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Habit Restaurants news, insider Peter Whitwell sold 1,500 shares of Habit Restaurants stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.03, for a total transaction of $28,545.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 16,474 shares in the company, valued at approximately $313,500.22. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Insiders have sold a total of 4,500 shares of company stock valued at $74,895 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 5.77% of the company’s stock.

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About Habit Restaurants

The Habit Restaurants, Inc (Habit Burger Grill) is a fast casual restaurant company. The Company is engaged in preparing made-to-order char-grilled burgers and sandwiches featuring tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it offers sides, shakes and malts.

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