Yum! Brands (YUM) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

News articles about Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Yum! Brands earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Yum! Brands (NYSE YUM) traded down 1.05% during trading on Tuesday, hitting $74.20. 1,409,739 shares of the stock traded hands. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $74.25 and its 200 day moving average price is $68.76. Yum! Brands has a 12 month low of $59.57 and a 12 month high of $76.62. The company has a market cap of $25.84 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.69 and a beta of 0.82.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $1.45 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.42 billion. Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 24.95% and a net margin of 16.76%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.75 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Yum! Brands will post $2.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 4th. Stockholders of record on Friday, July 14th were issued a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.62%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, July 12th. Yum! Brands’s payout ratio is currently 33.15%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $83.00 price target on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Friday. BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on shares of Yum! Brands from $66.00 to $77.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Barclays PLC upped their price target on shares of Yum! Brands from $72.00 to $74.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $80.00 price target on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, UBS AG upped their price target on shares of Yum! Brands from $76.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. Fourteen analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $78.64.

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In related news, CFO David W. Gibbs sold 8,125 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.83, for a total transaction of $559,243.75. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 39,181 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,696,828.23. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 1,487 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, July 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $73.82, for a total value of $109,770.34. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 6,719 shares in the company, valued at approximately $495,996.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 11,083 shares of company stock worth $775,868. Corporate insiders own 0.65% of the company’s stock.

About Yum! Brands

YUM! Brands, Inc is engaged in restaurant business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated or franchised over 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories operating under the KFC, Pizza Hut or Taco Bell (collectively the Concepts) brands. The Company operates through three segments: The KFC Division, which includes the operations of the KFC concept around the world; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes the operations of the Pizza Hut concept around the world, and The Taco Bell Division, which includes the operations of the Taco Bell concept around the world.

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