Domino’s Costs Are Rising, but You Shouldn’t Worry

It isn’t an everyday occurrence that a company reports strong revenue and profit gains and experiences a sharp decrease in the stock price, falling 7% for the day. Yet that’s exactly what happened after Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) released its fiscal third-quarter 2020 results, which covered the period that ended on Sept. 6.

This seemingly incongruous situation may leave you scratching your head. So it’s a good time to look deeper into the report to see if there is anything that’s concerning.

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Demand remains strong

With strong roots in delivering pizzas that go back to its founding 60 years ago, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Domino’s has done well during the pandemic. Excluding foreign exchange translations, its third-quarter total sales grew by nearly 15%. Broken out geographically, U.S. same-store sales (comps) rose by 17.5% and were more than 6% higher internationally.

It is not merely the pandemic

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Stocks To Watch: Nvidia, Domino’s And Marvell Technology Step Out (NASDAQ:AAL)

Welcome to Seeking Alpha’s Stocks to Watch – a preview of key events scheduled for the next week. Follow this account and turn the e-mail alert on to receive this article in your inbox every Saturday morning. A podcast of Stocks to Watch is also available on Sundays on Seeking Alpha, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify (click the highlighted links).

Investors head into next week with a few October surprises already in the books. Stimulus drama and further developments with President Trump’s health aside, there are some economic highlights to track in the week ahead, including new PMI prints, weekly jobless claims and the release of Fed minutes. Also of interest is a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome scheduled for October 6. Powell is expected to push for a stimulus package to boost the economy so the recovery doesn’t continue to stall. On the corporate calendar, earnings from Domino’s

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Domino’s names new EVP, chief technology officer | 2020-09-22

ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Kelly Garcia has been promoted to executive vice president and chief technology officer of Domino’s Pizza, Inc., effective Oct. 2. He replaces executive vice president and chief information officer Kevin Vasconi, who plans to retire Oct. 2.

Mr. Garcia joined Domino’s in 2012 as vice president of e-commerce development. In 2016, he was named senior vice president of e-commerce development and emerging technologies, and in 2019 he became senior vice president and chief technology officer. Prior to his time at Domino’s, Mr. Garcia was vice president of business intelligence and North American operations for R.L. Polk & Co., where he spent eight years. Earlier in his career, Mr. Garcia was a manager at Capgemini, E & Y Consulting and Ernst & Young.

“Under Kelly’s leadership, Domino’s has revolutionized online ordering for the quick-service restaurant industry and introduced the AnyWare suite of digital ordering platforms,” said Ritch

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