Chuy’s Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUY) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Friday . 104,985 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 20% from the previous session’s volume of 130,969 shares.The stock last traded at $35.72 and had previously closed at $35.63.

A number of research firms have recently commented on CHUY. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Chuy’s Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 3rd. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $33.00 price objective (up from $31.00) on shares of Chuy’s Holdings in a research note on Friday, May 6th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Chuy’s Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 3rd. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating on shares of Chuy’s Holdings in a research note on Wednesday, May 4th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Chuy’s Holdings in a research note on Monday, May 16th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $36.71.

The company has a market cap of $592.92 million and a PE ratio of 42.18. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $34.66 and its 200-day moving average is $32.56.

Chuy’s Holdings (NASDAQ:CHUY) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 3rd. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.05. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.19 earnings per share. The company earned $78.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $76.94 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that Chuy’s Holdings Inc. will post $1.08 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Chuy’s Holdings news, CEO Steven J. Hislop sold 6,295 shares of Chuy’s Holdings stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $34.04, for a total value of $214,281.80. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 121,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,135,860. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Steven J. Hislop sold 95,405 shares of Chuy’s Holdings stock in a transaction on Monday, June 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.19, for a total transaction of $3,357,301.95. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 63,518 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,235,198.42. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors have bought and sold shares of CHUY. Employees Retirement System of Texas acquired a new stake in Chuy’s Holdings during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,128,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in Chuy’s Holdings by 22.1% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 567,764 shares of the company’s stock valued at $17,794,000 after buying an additional 102,752 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley increased its stake in Chuy’s Holdings by 508.5% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 60,358 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,892,000 after buying an additional 50,439 shares during the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in Chuy’s Holdings by 126.3% in the fourth quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 78,195 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,450,000 after buying an additional 43,648 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nationwide Fund Advisors increased its stake in Chuy’s Holdings by 22.0% in the fourth quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 142,220 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,457,000 after buying an additional 25,616 shares during the last quarter.

Chuy’s Holdings, Inc is a full-service restaurant concept company offering a menu of Mexican and Tex Mex inspired food. The Company operates through full-service, casual dining, Mexican food restaurants segment. The Company operates its restaurants under the name Chuy’s. The Company operates approximately 70 Chuy’s restaurants across 14 states.

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