News articles about Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ:HABT) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Habit Restaurants earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 47.5984791369619 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

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Several research analysts have recently commented on the company. Wedbush reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $17.00 price target on shares of Habit Restaurants in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. BidaskClub raised Habit Restaurants from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 8th. Stephens lowered Habit Restaurants from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $18.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Habit Restaurants from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 23rd. Finally, Guggenheim reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price target on shares of Habit Restaurants in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Habit Restaurants currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $14.43.

NASDAQ:HABT traded up $0.10 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $16.55. 2,736 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 492,280. Habit Restaurants has a twelve month low of $8.10 and a twelve month high of $17.05. The firm has a market capitalization of $435.00 million, a P/E ratio of 103.75, a P/E/G ratio of 11.18 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.12, a current ratio of 0.98 and a quick ratio of 0.93.

Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ:HABT) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The restaurant operator reported $0.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.03 by $0.05. Habit Restaurants had a positive return on equity of 1.68% and a negative net margin of 0.84%. The company had revenue of $102.85 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $99.68 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.06 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 23.4% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Habit Restaurants will post 0.05 EPS for the current year.

About Habit Restaurants

The Habit Restaurants, Inc, a holding company, operates and franchises fast casual restaurants under The Habit Burger Grill name. It specializes in offering made-to-order char-grilled burgers and sandwiches featuring choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken, and sushi-grade tuna cooked over an open flame; and salads, as well as sides, shakes, and malts.

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