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Buffalo Wild Wings soars 20% as boneless wings lead to earnings beat

After a difficult few months in which the price of buffalo wings affected finances, Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. BWLD, -4.12% seems to have found its way with boneless wings, and shares soared more than 20% higher Wednesday afternoon. The restaurant chain announced much better profit than expected in a third-quarter earnings report released Wednesday afternoon, despite revenue coming in a bit short of expectations, after announcing in July a focus on the boneless product that costs less. "The recent Tuesday promotion shift from traditional to boneless wings at company-owned restaurants will continue to improve cost of sales while traditional wing prices remain elevated," Chief Executive Sally Smith said in Wednesday's announcement, referring to the chain's popular half-price wing specials on Tuesday. Buffalo Wild Wings reported net income of $18.7 million, or $1.17 a share, on total sales of $496.7 million, up from $494.2 million a year ago. After adjusting for stock-based compensation and other effects, the company claimed earnings of $1.36 a share. Analysts on average expected adjusted earnings of 79 cents a share on revenue of $501 million. The company also increased its forecast for full-year adjusted earnings to a range of $4.85 to $5.15 a share, after previously guiding to $4.50 to $5 a share. Buffalo Wild Wings stock was halted ahead of the announcement, then jumped to more than $122 after closing with a 4.1% decline at $101.15.