News coverage about Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) has trended somewhat negative recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Yum China earned a news impact score of -0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.8139038511569 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Yum China (NYSE YUMC) traded up $0.63 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $40.81. The stock had a trading volume of 1,641,783 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,852,251. Yum China has a 12 month low of $25.53 and a 12 month high of $43.55. The company has a market capitalization of $15,682.26 and a PE ratio of 29.15. The company has a current ratio of 1.69, a quick ratio of 1.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 5th. The company reported $0.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.56 by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $2.04 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.98 billion. Yum China had a return on equity of 21.35% and a net margin of 8.43%. The company’s revenue was up 8.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.52 EPS. analysts forecast that Yum China will post 1.44 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a special dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th will be paid a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 29th. Yum China’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 6.80%.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on YUMC. Zacks Investment Research raised Yum China from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 13th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and issued a $45.00 target price on shares of Yum China in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Nomura began coverage on Yum China in a research report on Monday, October 9th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $51.60 target price on the stock. Instinet reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $51.60 price target (up previously from $51.50) on shares of Yum China in a report on Monday, October 9th. Finally, CIBC reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $45.00 price target (up previously from $43.00) on shares of Yum China in a report on Friday, October 6th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $43.38.

In other Yum China news, insider Angela Ai sold 17,678 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.05, for a total transaction of $761,037.90. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Danny Tan sold 2,124 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.84, for a total transaction of $88,868.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.23% of the company’s stock.

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About Yum China

Yum China Holdings, Inc is a restaurant company. The Company’s segments include KFC, Pizza Hut Casual Dining, and All Other Segments, including Pizza Hut Home Service, East Dawning, Little Sheep and Taco Bell. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had over 7,500 restaurants in China. Its restaurant base consists of various restaurant concepts.

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