Robert W. Baird set a $95.00 price target on Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday morning. The brokerage currently has a a hold rating on the restaurant operator’s stock.

Several other equities analysts also recently commented on YUM. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a buy rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a buy rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Cowen and Company restated a buy rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Bank of America Corp. restated a hold rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Finally, BTIG Research restated a hold rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, September 4th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Yum Brands has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $92.46.

Shares of Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) traded up 1.11% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $89.93. 3,035,303 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $33.81 billion, a PE ratio of 27.10 and a beta of 0.76. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $89.34 and its 200-day moving average price is $85.45. Yum Brands has a 1-year low of $64.58 and a 1-year high of $91.99.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 5th. The restaurant operator reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ 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 business earned $3.32 billion during the quarter. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.00 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that Yum Brands will post $3.70 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 4th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, October 19th will be issued a $0.51 dividend. This is a boost from Yum Brands’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.46. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 17th. This represents a $2.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.29%. Yum Brands’s payout ratio is 46.82%.

In related news, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 53,518 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $91.72, for a total transaction of $4,908,670.96. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 245,736 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $22,538,905.92. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 44,952 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $88.53, for a total value of $3,979,600.56. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 244,274 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $21,625,577.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 7.38% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Mariner Wealth Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Yum Brands during the first quarter worth about $208,000. Prudential PLC raised its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 6.1% in the first quarter. Prudential PLC now owns 1,810,955 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $148,227,000 after buying an additional 104,470 shares in the last quarter. Simmons Bank acquired a new stake in shares of Yum Brands during the first quarter worth about $814,000. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 0.8% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 3,357,178 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $274,229,000 after buying an additional 28,204 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Kimelman & Baird LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Yum Brands during the first quarter worth about $764,000. 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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