RBC Capital Markets cut shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) from an outperform rating to a sector perform rating in a research report released on Monday morning. The brokerage currently has $54.00 target price on the stock, up from their prior target price of $51.00. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.

Several other analysts have also recently weighed in on DNKN. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a buy rating on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Thursday, June 30th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lifted their price objective on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group from $46.00 to $47.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. BTIG Research reiterated a neutral rating on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Thursday, July 21st. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a hold rating and issued a $46.00 price objective on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Friday, July 22nd. Finally, Robert W. Baird restated an outperform rating and issued a $52.00 target price on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research report on Monday, July 25th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Dunkin’ Brands Group has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $48.03.

Analyst Recommendations for Dunkin` Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN)

Shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) traded up 0.63% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $50.98. 35,538 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $49.82 and a 200-day moving average price of $46.97. Dunkin’ Brands Group has a 12 month low of $36.44 and a 12 month high of $52.30. The stock has a market cap of $4.68 billion, a PE ratio of 38.74 and a beta of 0.23.

Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $0.57 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.56 by $0.01. Dunkin’ Brands Group had a net margin of 15.13% and a negative return on equity of 106.20%. The business earned $216.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $219.88 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.50 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Dunkin’ Brands Group will post $2.21 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider William M. Mitchell sold 5,648 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.87, for a total transaction of $259,073.76. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 5,648 shares in the company, valued at approximately $259,073.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider John H. Costello sold 12,782 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.15, for a total transaction of $577,107.30. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 19,671 shares in the company, valued at approximately $888,145.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.90% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. IFP Advisors Inc increased its position in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 43.9% in the second quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 2,663 shares of the company’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 812 shares during the last quarter. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. increased its position in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 10.1% in the second quarter. Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc. now owns 2,714 shares of the company’s stock worth $118,000 after buying an additional 250 shares during the last quarter. CT Financial Advisors LLC increased its position in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 600.0% in the second quarter. CT Financial Advisors LLC now owns 3,150 shares of the company’s stock worth $137,000 after buying an additional 2,700 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. bought a new position in Dunkin’ Brands Group during the second quarter worth about $171,000. Finally, Alpine Partners VI LLC bought a new position in Dunkin’ Brands Group during the first quarter worth about $222,000. Institutional investors own 96.93% of the company’s stock.

Dunkin’ Brands Group Company Profile

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc is a franchisor of quick service restaurants (QSRs) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard serve ice cream. The Company franchises restaurants under its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. The Company operates its business through four segments, which include Dunkin’ Donuts-U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts International, Baskin-Robbins International and Baskin-Robbins-U.S.

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