El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LOCO)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by Jefferies Group in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday. They presently have a $16.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Group’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 20.85% from the company’s current price.

Several other research firms have also commented on LOCO. Vetr lowered shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.74 price target for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, June 28th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report on Thursday, September 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 25th. Stifel Nicolaus lowered shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 26th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report on Friday, August 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $15.53.

Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) opened at 13.24 on Monday. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 12 month low of $9.58 and a 12 month high of $15.44. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $13.53 and its 200 day moving average is $12.95. The company has a market capitalization of $508.67 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.44 and a beta of 0.20.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $97.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $96.66 million. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a net margin of 6.20% and a return on equity of 11.01%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.19 EPS. Equities analysts expect that El Pollo Loco Holdings will post $0.70 EPS for the current year.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Swiss National Bank raised its stake in El Pollo Loco Holdings by 41.4% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 37,550 shares of the company’s stock valued at $488,000 after buying an additional 11,000 shares in the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System raised its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 47.0% in the second quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 42,524 shares of the company’s stock worth $553,000 after buying an additional 13,588 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 11.1% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 90,565 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,177,000 after buying an additional 9,026 shares during the period. Nordea Investment Management AB raised its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 670.4% in the second quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 31,007 shares of the company’s stock worth $403,000 after buying an additional 26,982 shares during the period. Finally, LPL Financial LLC raised its stake in shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings by 14.9% in the first quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 31,812 shares of the company’s stock worth $414,000 after buying an additional 4,132 shares during the period. 73.49% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About El Pollo Loco Holdings

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc is a restaurant concept that offers fire-grilling citrus-marinated chicken. The Company operates in the limited service restaurant segment. The Company’s activities are conducted through its subsidiary, El Pollo Loco, Inc (EPL), which develops, franchises, licenses and operates quick-service restaurants under the name El Pollo Loco.

5 Day Chart for NASDAQ:LOCO

Receive News & Ratings for El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. and related companies with Analyst Ratings Network's FREE daily email newsletter.