Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by investment analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG in a note issued to investors on Thursday. They presently have a $53.00 target price on the stock. Credit Suisse Group AG’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 8.50% from the company’s previous close.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. TheStreet upgraded shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 14th. Maxim Group increased their price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 27th. Citigroup Inc. increased their price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group from $51.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 13th. Argus restated a “buy” rating on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Thursday, October 27th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $46.00 price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 20th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $48.66.

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

Shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) opened at 48.85 on Thursday. Dunkin’ Brands Group has a 52 week low of $36.44 and a 52 week high of $52.30. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $49.71 and a 200-day moving average of $47.04. The firm has a market cap of $4.48 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.72 and a beta of 0.25.

Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 20th. The company reported $0.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.59 by $0.01. Dunkin’ Brands Group had a net margin of 15.98% and a negative return on equity of 95.96%. The company earned $207.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $163.51 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.52 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 1.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Dunkin’ Brands Group will post $2.22 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 30th. Investors of record on Monday, November 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.46%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 17th. Dunkin’ Brands Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 85.11%.

In related news, insider Paul E. Twohig sold 7,000 shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.59, for a total transaction of $340,130.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 7,423 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $360,683.57. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Karen Raskopf sold 10,500 shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.36, for a total transaction of $507,780.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 10,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $507,780. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.90% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. AXA increased its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 474.5% in the first quarter. AXA now owns 31,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,491,000 after buying an additional 26,100 shares in the last quarter. Loomis Sayles & Co. L P increased its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 0.4% in the first quarter. Loomis Sayles & Co. L P now owns 53,025 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,501,000 after buying an additional 198 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 2.6% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 581,804 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,443,000 after buying an additional 14,662 shares in the last quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 26.3% in the first quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC now owns 45,195 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,132,000 after buying an additional 9,400 shares in the last quarter. Finally, A.R.T. Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group during the first quarter valued at about $846,000. 96.51% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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.

5 Day Chart for NASDAQ:DNKN

Receive News & Stock Ratings for Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. and related stocks with our FREE daily email newsletter.