NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Darden Restaurants Inc (DRI) were up 0.78% to $69.41 in late afternoon trading Monday, one day ahead of the restaurant group's fourth quarter earnings release due out Tuesday before the opening bell.
For the quarter, Darden is expected to earn 93 cents per share on revenue of $1.87 billion, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
In the same quarter of last year, the company posted a profit of 84 cents per share on sales of $2.32 billion.
"This is one that I feel like you can buy half ahead, and then buy half after as long as gasoline stays at these prices - which has always been a big factor for going out to dinner," Cramer said in a video for TheStreet.
Orlando-based Darden Restaurants is a full service restaurant company that owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants.
The company operates under restaurant brands including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and The Capital Grille.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DARDEN RESTAURANTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate DARDEN RESTAURANTS INC (DRI) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."