Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS) has been assigned a $95.00 price objective by stock analysts at Jefferies Group in a report issued on Wednesday. The firm currently has a “hold” rating on the stock. Jefferies Group’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 7.93% from the stock’s current price.

Other research analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Susquehanna reissued a “hold” rating and set a $99.00 price target on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a report on Tuesday, July 26th. Deutsche Bank AG upped their target price on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group from $95.00 to $97.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 28th. Citigroup Inc. upped their target price on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group from $97.00 to $102.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 28th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $102.00 target price on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research report on Wednesday, October 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, November 11th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $96.90.

Analyst Recommendations for Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS)

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) traded up 0.87% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $88.02. 828,206 shares of the stock traded hands. The company has a market cap of $16.17 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.11 and a beta of 0.55. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $86.54 and its 200-day moving average is $91.98. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a 12 month low of $81.05 and a 12 month high of $98.80.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 27th. The company reported $1.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.11 by $0.06. The firm earned $1.68 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.31 billion. Dr Pepper Snapple Group had a net margin of 13.53% and a return on equity of 38.19%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.08 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Dr Pepper Snapple Group will post $4.42 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 5th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, December 13th will be paid a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.41%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 9th. Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 45.99%.

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A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of DPS. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 1.4% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 17,117,969 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,654,110,000 after buying an additional 241,737 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its position in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 6.7% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 7,262,198 shares of the company’s stock worth $663,113,000 after buying an additional 453,772 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. increased its position in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 1.7% in the third quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 6,501,980 shares of the company’s stock worth $593,696,000 after buying an additional 105,905 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors increased its position in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 3.1% in the third quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 3,677,074 shares of the company’s stock worth $335,754,000 after buying an additional 111,547 shares in the last quarter. Finally, FMR LLC increased its position in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 10.5% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 3,435,621 shares of the company’s stock worth $331,984,000 after buying an additional 326,417 shares in the last quarter. 92.55% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc is an owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Company’s products consist of flavored (non-cola) carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs), including ready-to-drink teas, juices, juice drinks, water and mixers.

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