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The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ:CAKE) VP Debby R. Zurzolo unloaded 2,000 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction dated Monday, August 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.53, for a total value of $89,060.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 21,600 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $961,848. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of research firms have recently commented on CAKE. Analysts at Bank of America downgraded shares of The Cheesecake Factory to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Thursday. Separately, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of The Cheesecake Factory in a research note on Thursday, July 31st. They now have a $47.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $50.00. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of The Cheesecake Factory in a research note on Monday, July 28th. They now have a $45.00 price target on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The Cheesecake Factory currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $49.30.

Shares of The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ:CAKE) opened at 44.47 on Thursday. The Cheesecake Factory has a one year low of $41.52 and a one year high of $49.74. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $44.4 and a 200-day moving average of $45.89. The company has a market cap of $2.131 billion and a P/E ratio of 21.22.

The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ:CAKE) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 23rd. The company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $496.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $502.03 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.54 earnings per share. The Cheesecake Factory’s revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that The Cheesecake Factory will post $2.21 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated is engaged in the restaurant and bakery businesses. As of February 28, 2013, it operated 177 Company-owned upscale, casual dining, full-service restaurants: 162 under The Cheesecake Factory mark, 14 under the Grand Lux Cafe mark and one under the RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen mark.

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