Pancakes over Steaks in Restaurant Stocks

Two small but popular chains can show the dichotomy in the restaurant space, DineEquity, $DIN and Ruths Chris Steak House, $RUTH. DineEquity is that fine establishment that puts forth endless pancakes at IHOP and neighborhood family dining via Applebee’s. The daily chart below shows that

the stock is building a bull flag under resistance at 54 with a Measured Move on a break out higher to 63. Some will be quick to point out that the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is elevated, but the Moving Average Convergence Divergence indicator (MACD) is trending back higher and near a bullish cross. The weekly view shows it breaking a massive 18 month Symmetrical triangle higher

with a target of at least 60 and the 3-box reversal Point and Figure chart (PnF) carries a price objective of 82. That is a lot of pancakes! On the other end of the spectrum, Ruths Chris Steakhouse owns the signature brand of upscale Steakhouses and the Mitchell’s Seafoods restaurants. The daily chart for Ruths shows it pulling back from a short term double top at 6.92 and struggling for support at 6.00 Below that there would be a target of 5.00. The RSI is bearish

here and the MACD negative, both supporting more downside. The weekly view shows the movement since May in a bear flag with a downside continuation target of 4.75. Is the restaurant business this easy to trade? Sell the luxury and buy the all you can eat? This view seems like it.

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