Pecking At Boston Chicken

After last year's dismal performance, Boston Chicken (BOST) has turned highflier. The shares fluttered to 231/4 on May 30, up from just 131/2 in mid-December. Part of the reason: The company reported big numbers, such as a 170% net earnings jump, to $7 million or 15 cents a share, in the first quarter, ended Apr. 16. And all eight analysts tracking the company have turned bullish--three of them hoisting it to a "strong buy."

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