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Dave & Buster’s, Cheesecake Gain as Jefferies Calls Them Buy

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By Dhirendra Tripathi

Investing.com – Dave&Buster’s (NASDAQ:PLAY) and The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ:CAKE) shares rose Friday trading after Jefferies' (NYSE:JEF) called them both a buy, according to StreetInsider.

Dave&Buster rose 6% and Cheesecake was up 5%.

The other restaurants figuring in Jefferies’ list are BJ's (NASDAQ:BJRI), Chuy's (NASDAQ:CHUY) and Red Robin Gourmet (NASDAQ:RRGB). Each of the first two traded around 7% higher while Red Robin was up short of 2%.

Analyst Andy Barish sees Dave&Buster’s at $56, 33% higher than the stock’s current level. He sees 21% appreciation in Cheesecake to $60. BJ’s and Chuy’s will have to rise by 22% each from their current prices to hit Barish’s target of $55 and $41 for the two stocks, respectively. The analyst sees Red Robin at $31, a rise of 27% from the current level.

As per Jefferies’ research, weekly same-store sales and foot traffic data and company reports show signs of resiliency and less of a slowdown than what investors might have expected.

Barish cited multiple factors for his optimism in the five restaurant stocks, StreetInsider said, including multi-year market share growth opportunity for casual dining chains and a permanent increase in sales for off-premise-consumption. Sustainable operational efficiencies, pricing flexibility and higher volumes will also help margins, as per the report.

Barish also believes the current valuations are too hard to ignore.

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