This Burger Chain Looks Top-Heavy

Last Friday was a bad day for Darden Restaurants (DRI). The company missed earnings estimates big time as efforts to jumpstart its Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains fell flat. The result was a better-than-7% drop in the shares Friday, which has left Darden hovering above its 52-week low, with a year-to-date gain of less than 2%. This makes the stock a huge underperformer relative to the S&P 500, which is up 19.9% so far this year -- including Friday's more-than-0.7% drop.

Real Money Pro subscribers know I have been concerned over the state of the consumer and his or her ability to spend. Last week I touched on some of the reasons behind that concern when I discussed what's looking like a weak upcoming holiday shopping season this year. But, simply put, the consumer is stretched and cash-strapped. In other words, Darden may not be the only restaurant stock to have some problems before the end of the year, and two sets of data affirm that notion....443 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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