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Keybanc Upgrades Buffalo Wild Wings


Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) sees second-quarter earnings per share of 20 cents to 22 cents on $48.2 million in revenue. Keybanc upgraded the stock to aggressive buy from buy.

Analyst Jonathan Waite says the company's $48.2 million second-quarter revenue guidance is slightly lighter than expected, while its forecast for 2.7% same-store sales growth is in line. Meanwhile, he notes the company upped EPS guidance to 20-22 cents from 15-17 cents on lower wing costs and lower stock-based compensation expense.

Waite believes management has learned its lessons regarding new markets and is taking the right steps to improve operations and increase sales and profits.

He raised his EPS estimates from 19 cents for the second quarter to 21 cents and from $1.08 for 2005 to $1.09. However, he maintains a $1.44 2006 estimate, which is about 7% ahead of the $1.35 consensus estimate.


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