News articles about Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Yum China earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.1722720659238 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) traded down $0.73 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $41.26. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,865,343 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,470,000. Yum China has a 12-month low of $25.53 and a 12-month high of $48.75. The firm has a market cap of $16,130.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a current ratio of 1.77 and a quick ratio of 1.48.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The company reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.02. Yum China had a return on equity of 20.59% and a net margin of 5.64%. The firm had revenue of $2.23 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.15 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.17 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 12.6% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts forecast that Yum China will post 1.6 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a Not Available dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a yield of 0.00248200546041201%. Yum China’s payout ratio is presently 13.99%.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on YUMC. Zacks Investment Research cut Yum China from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Macquarie began coverage on Yum China in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $55.00 price target on the stock. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $44.28.

In other news, insider Danny Tan sold 3,610 shares of Yum China stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.50, for a total transaction of $160,645.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Riu Sun sold 10,054 shares of Yum China stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.15, for a total value of $403,668.10. Following the sale, the insider now owns 17,622 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $707,523.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company 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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