Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-seven analysts that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $98.80.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on YUM shares. Goldman Sachs Group raised shares of Yum! Brands to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, May 15th. BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on shares of Yum! Brands from $93.00 to $95.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 30th. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on shares of Yum! Brands from $86.00 to $100.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, June 11th. Stifel Nicolaus raised shares of Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the company from $87.00 to $95.00 in a report on Thursday, May 14th. Finally, Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $80.00 price target (up previously from $79.00) on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Monday, May 4th.

NYSE:YUM traded down $0.07 on Tuesday, reaching $86.91. 2,046,638 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,737,373. The company has a market capitalization of $25.52 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.28, a PEG ratio of 2.45 and a beta of 0.95. Yum! Brands has a 12 month low of $54.95 and a 12 month high of $119.72. The company’s fifty day simple moving average is $89.28 and its 200 day simple moving average is $90.82.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 29th. The restaurant operator reported $0.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.65 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $1.26 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.21 billion. Yum! Brands had a net margin of 19.89% and a negative return on equity of 12.97%. The business’s revenue was up .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.82 EPS. As a group, research analysts predict that Yum! Brands will post 2.8 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 12th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 29th were paid a dividend of $0.47 per share. This represents a $1.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.16%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 28th. Yum! Brands’s payout ratio is 52.96%.

In other news, CEO David W. Gibbs sold 2,318 shares of Yum! Brands stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $91.28, for a total transaction of $211,587.04. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 76,048 shares in the company, valued at $6,941,661.44. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CEO David W. Gibbs sold 5,424 shares of Yum! Brands stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.39, for a total transaction of $457,731.36. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 80,335 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,779,470.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 12,479 shares of company stock worth $977,223. 0.72% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in YUM. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ increased its position in Yum! Brands by 54.8% in the first quarter. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ now owns 162,703 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $11,150,000 after purchasing an additional 57,596 shares during the last quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC increased its position in Yum! Brands by 1.2% in the first quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC now owns 88,222 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $6,045,000 after purchasing an additional 1,037 shares during the last quarter. Optimal Asset Management Inc. increased its position in Yum! Brands by 236.1% in the first quarter. Optimal Asset Management Inc. now owns 48,457 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $3,321,000 after purchasing an additional 34,041 shares during the last quarter. National Pension Service boosted its stake in Yum! Brands by 1.3% during the first quarter. National Pension Service now owns 433,364 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $29,698,000 after buying an additional 5,364 shares during the period. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its stake in Yum! Brands by 16.1% during the first quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 331,045 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $22,686,000 after buying an additional 45,857 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.00% of the company’s stock.

Yum! Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. It operates in three segments: the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Taco Bell Division. The company operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, and Mexican-style food categories.

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