Jefferies Group reissued their hold rating on shares of Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) in a research report released on Friday morning. They currently have a $85.00 price objective on the restaurant operator’s stock.

Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Nomura reissued a buy rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Tuesday, July 12th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Monday, July 11th. Cowen and Company reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Sunday, July 17th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Sunday, July 17th. Finally, Vetr raised shares of Yum Brands from a sell rating to a buy rating and set a $95.24 price target for the company in a report on Monday, September 26th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $92.11.

Analyst Recommendations for Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM)

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) traded up 0.15% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $87.85. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,764,960 shares. Yum Brands has a one year low of $64.58 and a one year high of $91.99. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $89.48 and its 200-day moving average is $85.26. The stock has a market cap of $34.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.48 and a beta of 0.76.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 5th. The restaurant operator reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.10 by $0.01. Yum Brands had a net margin of 12.62% and a negative return on equity of 589.18%. The company had revenue of $3.32 billion for the quarter. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.00 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that Yum Brands will post $3.70 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 4th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, October 19th will be paid a dividend of $0.51 per share. This is an increase from Yum Brands’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.46. This represents a $2.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.33%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, October 17th. Yum Brands’s payout ratio is presently 46.82%.

In related news, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 44,952 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $88.53, for a total transaction of $3,979,600.56. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 244,274 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $21,625,577.22. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Muktesh Pant sold 91,228 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.94, for a total transaction of $8,205,046.32. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 62,660 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,635,640.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 7.38% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Bruderman Asset Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Yum Brands by 0.3% in the second quarter. Bruderman Asset Management LLC now owns 2,306 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $191,000 after buying an additional 8 shares during the period. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC boosted its position in shares of Yum Brands by 0.5% in the second quarter. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC now owns 2,246 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $186,000 after buying an additional 12 shares during the period. Pillar Pacific Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Yum Brands by 0.4% in the second quarter. Pillar Pacific Capital Management LLC now owns 2,973 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $246,000 after buying an additional 13 shares during the period. Sunbelt Securities Inc. boosted its position in shares of Yum Brands by 0.6% in the second quarter. Sunbelt Securities Inc. now owns 2,446 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $203,000 after buying an additional 14 shares during the period. Finally, Washington Trust Bank boosted its position in shares of Yum Brands by 1.3% in the third quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 2,028 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $184,000 after buying an additional 26 shares during the period. 76.14% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Yum Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc (YUM) is engaged in restaurant business. The Company develops, operates, franchises and licenses an across the world system of restaurants, which prepare, package and sell a menu of food items, primarily through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (the Concepts). YUM operates through four segments: YUM China (China Division), which includes all operations in mainland China; The KFC Division, which includes all operations of the KFC concept outside of China Division; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes all operations of the Pizza Hut concept outside of China Division, and the Taco Bell Division, which includes all operations of the Taco Bell concept.

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