Why Wendy's Stock Dropped

Why Wendy's Stock Dropped

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Wendy's shares were giving investors indigestion today, closing down 11% after its top-line results disappointed the market today.

So what: Sales at the burger chain inched up 1% to $640.8 million, but missed estimates of $643.4 million. The stock has rocketed higher this year on a brand revamp, with shares nearly doubling as the company renovates stores and redesigns its menu. Given the appreciation, a sales miss was likely to bring the stock down significantly. Even so, adjusted earnings of $0.08 beat expectations of $0.06 so the company seems to be moving in the right direction. Wendy's also lifted its EPS guidance for the year to $0.25, better than analyst estimates at $0.23.

Now what: While Wendy's turnaround strategy seems to be progressing nicely, today's events are likely evidence that the stock has been overbought, and with a forward P/E at 29, it's easy to see why. Same-stores sales moved up 3.2% in the quarter, indicating that organic growth is still modest. Over the long haul, Wendy's strategy looks like it will pay off, but for now, shares may need to take a breather.

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