Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
For many Americans, the improving economy has yet to take hold even as they hear about a stronger stock market and better jobs data.
Stocks ended off session lows but the Dow still finished in negative territory Wednesday, as investors took a pause amid a lack of significant market catalysts and after the S&P briefly hit its highest level since December 2007.
Morgan Stanley has identified some 40 stocks that could be candidates for tender offers in the next 12 months using its new quantitative model.
Darden Restaurants reported weaker sales this quarter--and the company isn't the only one, one pro says.
Power has been restored to nearly 80 percent of utility customers in the New York City area who were blacked out by Super Storm Sandy, but a nor’easter loomed and that could set back efforts to return to normal.
New Yorkers felt the rumble of subway trains for the first time in four days on Thursday but gasoline shortages persisted in the Northeast and emergency crews struggled to reach the worst-hit areas and restore power to millions of people.
Wall Street and two major airports reopened, and National Guardsmen rushed to rescue flood victims as the Northeast limped into recovery mode Wednesday, two days after being pummeled by epic Hurricane Sandy.
Superstorm Sandy slammed into the U.S. east coast on Tuesday and hurled a record 14-foot surge of seawater at New York City, flooded the financial district and left 7 million people without power.
Sandy has made landfall along the coast of southern New Jersey. While downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, it still has sustained winds of 85 mph.
Hurricane Sandy began veering as predicted early Monday on a path that would take it over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York putting it on a path that could endanger 50 million people.
Hurricane Sandy, a rare, late season storm, is already having a significant economic impact and is poised to be one for the record books in both meteorological and economic terms.
Oct 24- Chili's Grill& Bar parent Brinker International Inc on Wednesday said a cool-down in sales at established restaurants was stretching into the current quarter, sending its shares down more than 10 percent.
However, earnings for Dallas- based Brinker International Inc. missed expectations, sending its shares down $2.81, more than 8 percent, to $30.63 Wednesday morning. Brinker, which also has a stake in Romano's Macaroni Grill, said Wednesday that it earned $27.9 million, or 36 cents per share for the three months ended Sept. 26.
Yum! Brands surged nearly 9 percent after its earnings report showed no major drop off in business in China. But analysts see margin pressure looming.
--We also assigned a' B+' corporate credit rating to Bloomin' Brands Inc., as well as a' BB' issue rating and a' 1' recovery rating to OSI Restaurant Partners LLC's proposed $225 million revolving credit facility due 2017 and $1.0 billion term loan due 2019..
As the markets continue to focus on today's monthly non-farm payrolls numbers, a breakdown of the data show that hiring has been strong within the restaurant industry.
NEW YORK-- Olive Garden is tossing out its famous "When You're Here, You're Family" slogan to cater to a more modern lifestyle. It was a very stereotypical Italian family dinner, "said Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing at Olive Garden.
Take a look at some of Friday's midday movers:
Based on the technicals, Cramer thinks these stocks could soon push higher.