Darden The restaurant company reported on March 23 third-quarter earnings of $164.1 million, or $1.28 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $151.2 million, or $1.11. "Despite heavy advertising and the price point, 2-year comps trends only improved 110bps from Jan to Feb (promotion launched in the last week of Jan) and two-year traffic trends actually slowed by 100bps," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a March 23 report. "The improvement came from an additional 80bps of price and a much less negative mix shift, with a mix-shift from lunch to dinner likely driving much of the mix benefit." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.4% Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as it was a year ago. Darden Restaurants has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.08, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 7.65% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $58.56.