Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) Touches New 52-week High

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It dropped, as 108 investors sold YUM shares while 286 reduced holdings. The company presently has an average rating of "Hold" and a consensus target price of $32.74. Brands and gave the company a "buy" rating in a report on Saturday, February 11th. Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) is at 80.02. Brands in a research report on Friday, January 6th. Sanford C. Bernstein restated a "market perform" rating and issued a $31.00 price objective on shares of Yum China Holdings in a research report on Friday, April 7th. Brands in a research report on Thursday, February 16th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated an "outperform" rating and issued a $72.00 price target on shares of Yum! Finally, CIBC raised their target price on shares of Yum China Holdings from $33.00 to $35.00 and gave the company an "outperform" rating in a research note on Monday, April 10th. Brands in a research report on Wednesday, February 1st. Analysts have a mean recommendation of 2.50 on this stock (A rating of less than 2 means buy, "hold" within the 3 range, "sell" within the 4 range, and "strong sell" within the 5 range). 2,930,193 shares of the stock were exchanged. Yum! The stock ended last trade at $68.98 a share and the price is up more than 9.94% so far this year. The firm's 50-day moving average is $64.65 and its 200-day moving average is $64.15. Brands also was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Stock traders purchased 1,087 put options on the company.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.05. Brands had a negative return on equity of 75.96% and a net margin of 14.76%. Yum!

The company's expected revenue in the current quarter to be 1.38 Billion, seeing a projected current quarter growth of -18.7%, and per annum growth estimates over the next 5 year period of around 14%. They expect $0.63 EPS, down 16.00% or $0.12 from last year's $0.75 per share. Yum China Holdings's revenue was down 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. Brands will post $2.74 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 5th. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, April 11th. Yum! Brands's dividend payout ratio is 29.93%.

On 2/10/2017 Brian R Niccol, CEO, sold 11,938 with an average share price of $68.17 per share and the total transaction amounting to $813,813.46. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.22, for a total value of $169,274.84. Gibbs David W also sold $545,705 worth of Yum!

Investment Research Analysts Opinion: Xerox Corporation (XRX), Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (CCE)
Comerica Bank purchased a new position in shares of Coca-Cola European Partners plc during the first quarter worth about $565,000. Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt increased its stake in Coca-Cola European Partners plc by 366.3% in the third quarter.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) opened at 68.98 on Wednesday. Yum! Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 36,910 shares of the company's stock, valued at $2,516,154.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Hudock Capital Group LLC raised its stake in Yum! The company reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.06. Advisor Partners LLC increased its stake in Yum! Brands is already well underway, helping us deliver a solid start to 2017 with core operating profit growth of 9% in the first quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 7,041 shares of the restaurant operator's stock valued at $639,000 after buying an additional 1,358 shares during the last quarter. Brands during the fourth quarter worth about $244,932,000. Conning Inc. increased its stake in Yum! Stephens Inc. AR now owns 38,227 shares of the restaurant operator's stock valued at $3,471,000 after buying an additional 28,465 shares during the last quarter. Courier Capital LLC's holdings in Yum! Brands by 1.0% in the first quarter.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) has insider ownership of 7.38% and institutional ownership of 73.31%.

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YUM! Brands, Inc is engaged in restaurant business.

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