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Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (DPZ) Delivers Q2 EPS Beat

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) on Thursday reported net income of $45.9 million, or diluted EPS of $0.81, beating the Wall Street expectation of $0.79 per share. The reported diluted EPS is up by 20.9% year-over-year. Revenues were reported to be $488.62 million, up by 8.5% for the second quarter versus the prior year period, boosted by increased domestic same-store sales and store count growth, leading to increased franchised stores royalties and revenues at company-owned locations. Analysts were expecting $489.39 million in revenues for the just-ended quarter. The firm also highlighted its 6.7% same-store sales growth for the quarter, making the second quarter of 2015 the 86th consecutive quarter of international same-store sales growth. Meanwhile, domestic same-store sales grew by a healthy 12.8% year-over-year.

“It was simply another great quarter. Our franchisees and corporate team members are executing at a very high level, and our digital initiatives continue to help attract more customers around the world. We’re in a great place as a brand,” J. Patrick Doyle, Domino’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement. The firm also announced that the board of the company has declared a $0.31 per share dividend to shareholders on record as of September 15, to be paid by September 30. Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) added that it gave back approximately $68.1 million to shareholders in the quarter, buying back 637,587 shares. Shares are trading down by less than 1% in pre-market trading this morning.

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Nonetheless, it appears that the smart money is moving away from Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ). The total value of holdings of funds long in the stock on March 31 had decreased by 3.53% compared to the prior quarter, down to $975.14 million. This decline is amplified by the fact that the firm’s shares grew by 6.77% in the first three months of the year. Year-to-date, the stock has climbed by nearly 25%, while over the last year, the growth has been an even more impressive 61.21%. Furthermore, at the end of the first quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, down by three from the previous quarter.

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We also track insider moves  comprised of sales or purchases of shares. This give us an idea about the sentiment of executives and other insiders in their companies. Domino’s Pizza insiders have not made any purchases this year. The latest sale was by President Russel Wiener, who sold 59,160 shares in two transactions on June 26.

Taking this into consideration, let’s check out the fresh hedge fund activity concerning Domino’s Pizza, Inc.

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