Shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen brokerages that are presently covering the firm. 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 average 12-month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $95.26.

DPS has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Credit Suisse Group AG initiated coverage on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research report on Thursday, September 15th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $108.00 price objective for the company. Susquehanna reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research report on Wednesday, September 7th. Jefferies Group set a $95.00 price objective on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 23rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 23rd. Finally, Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $85.00 price objective on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research report on Wednesday, October 5th.

Shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) traded down 2.65% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $87.08. 1,195,561 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company has a market cap of $16.00 billion, a PE ratio of 18.91 and a beta of 0.55. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $86.58 and a 200-day moving average price of $91.89. 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 announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 27th. The company reported $1.17 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.11 by $0.06. The company earned $1.68 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.31 billion. Dr Pepper Snapple Group had a net margin of 13.53% and a return on equity of 38.19%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.08 EPS. On average, analysts predict that Dr Pepper Snapple Group will post $4.42 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 5th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, December 13th will be given a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.37%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 9th. Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 45.99%.

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Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Creative Planning raised its stake in shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 6.4% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 4,601 shares of the company’s stock valued at $445,000 after buying an additional 277 shares in the last quarter. Atria Investments LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group during the second quarter valued at $400,000. BKD Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group during the second quarter valued at $230,000. Stuart Chaussee & Associates Inc. raised its stake in shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 113.9% in the second quarter. Stuart Chaussee & Associates Inc. now owns 1,465 shares of the company’s stock valued at $140,000 after buying an additional 780 shares during the period. Finally, Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. raised its stake in shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 0.4% in the second quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 160,235 shares of the company’s stock valued at $15,484,000 after buying an additional 575 shares during the period. 90.17% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Company Profile

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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