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Darden Restaurants, Inc.: Raising target price to $164

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Darden Restaurants, based in Orlando, is a leading U.S. restaurant operator. The company operates more than 1,500 restaurants in the United States and Canada under the Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Capital Grille, LongHorn Steakhouse, Eddie V's and Yard House brand names. Darden has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is generally regarded as a large-cap growth company.

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Analyst Profile

John D. Staszak, CFA

Securities Analyst: Consumer Discretionary & Consumer Staples
John's specialty at Argus includes the gaming, lodging and restaurant groups within the Consumer Discretionary sector. John earned an MBA from the University of Texas and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. In the financial services industry, he has worked as an analyst and consultant for firms including Standard & Poor's, the Bank of New York, Harris Nesbitt Gerard and Merrill Lynch. John is a CFA charterholder. Forbes magazine named John as the second-best stock picker among restaurant analysts in 2006. He was also ranked the second-best analyst covering the restaurant sector by the Wall Street Journal in 2007, a year in which a Financial Times/StarMine survey also ranked John that same way. In 2008, the Journal again listed John as an award winner, with a third-best designation among hotel industry analysts and a fifth-best designation among restaurant analysts.