In this day and age, you really have to bring a differentiated taco to an increasingly diverse marketplace of Mexican foods. Chain restaurants aren't just up a growing number of one another's restaurants - there is a food truck movement chipping into their top line and companies like Del Taco ($TACO) have to do more than just create a brilliant market ticker to captivate taste buds and investors alike. 

Del Taco will report earnings March 11, at a time when markets are turbulent and as global and local leaders grapple with the Coronavirus pandemic. 

It might not be viewed as a positive that Del Taco analysts are looking for EPS that's flat year-over-year, given the Mexican chain's store count growth of 2.4% over the last 12 months. Analysts tracked by Zacks Investment Research are looking for EPS of $0.18 per share, the same as last year - shares are down a whopping 40% in 2020, and near all-time lows in trading March 11. 

Del Taco's Twitter Following is meager (Taco Bell commands millions of followers in comparison), and growing slowly - up just 6.7% year-over-year. 

Negative data points on Del Taco can be found within its Facebook ($FB) Likes and Talking About Count (the latter, not shown). Likes are down about 1% from their peak, and Del Taco's chatter on the social network has been meager at best. 

About the Data:

Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online - jobs, social and web traffic, product sales and app ratings - and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales. 

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