Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the twenty research firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $126.00.

Several analysts have issued reports on the company. Oppenheimer downgraded Yum! Brands from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, August 26th. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft boosted their price objective on Yum! Brands from $113.00 to $142.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, June 21st. Argus upped their target price on Yum! Brands from $135.00 to $145.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 30th. Finally, Cowen upped their target price on Yum! Brands from $117.00 to $134.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, July 30th.

NYSE YUM traded down $0.46 on Thursday, reaching $125.13. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 8,190 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,594,932. Yum! Brands has a twelve month low of $88.08 and a twelve month high of $135.77. The stock has a market cap of $36.99 billion, a PE ratio of 28.81, a PEG ratio of 2.44 and a beta of 1.09. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $128.72 and its two-hundred day moving average is $120.19.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 28th. The restaurant operator reported $1.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.21. The firm had revenue of $1.60 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.47 billion. Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 16.99% and a net margin of 21.21%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.82 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts anticipate that Yum! Brands will post 4.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 10th. Investors of record on Friday, August 27th were paid a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 26th. This represents a $2.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.60%. Yum! Brands’s payout ratio is 55.25%.

In other Yum! Brands news, CEO David W. Gibbs sold 1,354 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $116.81, for a total transaction of $158,160.74. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 22,255 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,599,606.55. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Anthony Lowings sold 2,517 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $115.49, for a total value of $290,688.33. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 34,606 shares of company stock valued at $4,433,076. 0.37% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Virtu Financial LLC boosted its position in shares of Yum! Brands by 6.0% in the second quarter. Virtu Financial LLC now owns 6,107 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $702,000 after acquiring an additional 348 shares during the period. Bank of America Corp DE boosted its position in shares of Yum! Brands by 2.7% in the second quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 4,122,271 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $474,184,000 after acquiring an additional 109,194 shares during the period. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC boosted its position in shares of Yum! Brands by 2.6% in the second quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 1,236,844 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $142,274,000 after acquiring an additional 31,210 shares during the period. Sawtooth Solutions LLC boosted its position in shares of Yum! Brands by 17.6% in the second quarter. Sawtooth Solutions LLC now owns 4,397 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $506,000 after acquiring an additional 658 shares during the period. Finally, Headinvest LLC raised its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 9.8% in the second quarter. Headinvest LLC now owns 2,321 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $266,000 after purchasing an additional 208 shares in the last quarter. 78.31% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Yum! Brands Company Profile

Yum! Brands, Inc operates as a service restaurant company. The firm engages in the development, operation, franchise, and licenses a system of restaurants. It operates through the following segments: KFC Division, Pizza Hut Division, Taco Bell Division, and Habit Burger Grill Division. The KFC Division segment comprises of all operations of the KFC concept.

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