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Trade-Ideas: Panera Bread (PNRA) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Trade-Ideas LLC identified Panera Bread ( PNRA) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Panera Bread as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PNRA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $56.3 million.
  • PNRA is up 2.1% today from today's close.

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More details on PNRA:

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. The company operates in three segments: Bakery-Cafe Operations, Franchise Operations, and Fresh Dough and Other Product Operations. PNRA has a PE ratio of 22.9. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Panera Bread a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Panera Bread has been 567,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Panera Bread has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. The stock has a beta of 1.20 and a short float of 9.7% with 7.15 days to cover. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Panera Bread as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, PANERA BREAD CO's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • PANERA BREAD CO's earnings per share declined by 5.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PANERA BREAD CO increased its bottom line by earning $6.82 versus $5.89 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.86 versus $6.82).
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 11.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $48.12 million to $42.40 million.

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