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Why Goldman Sachs Upgraded Darden Restaurants

Ralph Nathan
Why Goldman Sachs Upgraded Darden Restaurants

On September 11, Goldman Sachs upgraded Darden Restaurants (DRI) from “neutral” to “buy,” and also raised its price target from $106 to $130, which represents a return potential of 8.9% from its current stock price of $119.38. Karen Holthouse of Goldman Sachs is optimistic about the restaurant sector and expects the increase in consumer spending to drive restaurants’ sales higher in the second half of 2018. Despite the risks of the increase in labor and delivery costs, Holthouse is optimistic about Darden due to the expectation of strong sales from its off presence business such as takeout and delivery.