DRI - Darden Restaurants, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
120.13
-0.63 (-0.52%)
At close: 4:01PM EDT
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Previous Close120.76
Open120.68
Bid120.20 x 800
Ask120.50 x 900
Day's Range119.22 - 121.04
52 Week Range86.93 - 125.33
Volume1,117,734
Avg. Volume1,323,657
Market Cap14.773B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.70
PE Ratio (TTM)22.21
EPS (TTM)5.41
Earnings DateJun 19, 2019 - Jun 24, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield3.00 (2.55%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-04-09
1y Target Est127.86
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Its Mid-Atlantic Pipeline project has hit some snags, but the President Donald Trump administration is prepared to get the project done one way or the other. Darden Restaurants (DRI)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)Dividend Yield: 2.5%Looking for restaurant dividend stocks? Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) sold its iconic Red Lobster seafood chain about 5 years ago now, and it hasn't looked back.Remember, it still owns Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse chains at the "everyman" level and high-end spots like Eddie V's and Capitol Grille. What's more, it has some mid-priced boutique restaurants like Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Yard House in there as well.The point is, losing Red Lobster was a great opportunity to pivot into new markets and develop new ideas. 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