Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in Chuy’s Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CHUY) by 0.3% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 1,016,579 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,585 shares during the quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned about 0.06% of Chuy’s worth $18,034,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in CHUY. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund purchased a new stake in Chuy’s in the fourth quarter worth about $114,000. Citigroup Inc. grew its holdings in Chuy’s by 26.8% in the fourth quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 10,235 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $181,000 after purchasing an additional 2,166 shares during the period. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System grew its holdings in Chuy’s by 5.3% in the fourth quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 12,663 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $225,000 after purchasing an additional 634 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its holdings in Chuy’s by 4.0% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 13,726 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $243,000 after purchasing an additional 534 shares during the period. Finally, Baird Financial Group Inc. purchased a new stake in Chuy’s in the third quarter worth about $292,000.
A number of brokerages have weighed in on CHUY. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Chuy’s from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 21st. BidaskClub cut shares of Chuy’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Chuy’s from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $28.57.
In other news, Director Ira L. Zecher sold 1,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $22.60, for a total transaction of $33,900.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 2,237 shares in the company, valued at $50,556.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 1.40% of the company’s stock.
NASDAQ:CHUY opened at $20.58 on Tuesday. Chuy’s Holdings Inc has a 52 week low of $17.03 and a 52 week high of $34.10. The company has a market cap of $352.05 million, a PE ratio of 23.69, a PEG ratio of 1.29 and a beta of 0.42.
Chuy’s (NASDAQ:CHUY) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 7th. The restaurant operator reported $0.11 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.12 by ($0.01). Chuy’s had a net margin of 1.39% and a return on equity of 7.74%. The firm had revenue of $96.84 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $98.07 million. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Chuy’s Holdings Inc will post 0.92 EPS for the current year.
Chuy's Holdings, Inc, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates restaurants under the Chuy's name in Texas and 19 states in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 91 Chuy's restaurants in 19 states. Chuy's Holdings, Inc was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
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