Shares in fire-roasted chicken chain El Pollo Loco have climbed 43% since its market debut Friday.
BI’s Hayley Peterson has explained why some investors believe Loco, based out of Costa Mesa, California, could be the next Chipotle: It’s same-store sales growth rate actually surpassed that of the burrito chain, and customers appreciate their large portion sizes.
But Tuesday, shares were down 13%.
In his note Monday morning, market guru Dennis Gartman says this smells like a top.
We are even concerned about the fact that the names of new offerings are looking “toppish” to us: Is the market really healthy when an IPO with the name EL Pollo Loco… the Crazy Chicken… is a blow-out success and trades to a swift premium immediately? Is this the sign of a market climbing a wall of worry, or is this the sign of a market already high upon the wall and tottering? We think the answer is rather obvious.
Loco shares were trading at around $US31. Here’s the chart:
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