ST Germain D J Co. Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor purchased 3,045 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock, valued at approximately $280,000.

Other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC lifted its stake in Yum! Brands by 71.4% during the 4th quarter. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC now owns 480 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $44,000 after acquiring an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Ipswich Investment Management Co. Inc. bought a new position in Yum! Brands during the 4th quarter valued at $46,000. Essex Savings Bank bought a new position in Yum! Brands during the 4th quarter valued at $50,000. First Command Bank lifted its stake in Yum! Brands by 63.0% during the 4th quarter. First Command Bank now owns 621 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $57,000 after acquiring an additional 240 shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Command Financial Services Inc. lifted its stake in Yum! Brands by 63.0% during the 4th quarter. First Command Financial Services Inc. now owns 621 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $57,000 after acquiring an additional 240 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 72.64% of the company’s stock.

In other Yum! Brands news, CEO Anthony Lowings sold 2,889 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.93, for a total value of $259,807.77. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 36,497 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,282,175.21. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, General Counsel Scott Catlett sold 745 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.00, for a total value of $67,050.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the general counsel now owns 5,188 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $466,920. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 42,317 shares of company stock valued at $3,883,277. 0.63% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

YUM traded down $0.40 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $94.09. The stock had a trading volume of 37,172 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,673,805. Yum! Brands, Inc. has a 1 year low of $76.32 and a 1 year high of $95.45. The firm has a market cap of $29.58 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 0.60.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The restaurant operator reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.97 by ($0.57). Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 14.19% and a net margin of 27.11%. The firm had revenue of $1.56 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.57 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.96 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Yum! Brands, Inc. will post 3.79 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 14th will be issued a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 13th. This represents a $1.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.79%. This is a positive change from Yum! Brands’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.36. Yum! Brands’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 45.43%.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on YUM. Zacks Investment Research raised Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $106.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday. BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on Yum! Brands to $100.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday. Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of Yum! Brands in a research report on Sunday, December 2nd. Goldman Sachs Group lowered Yum! Brands from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and decreased their target price for the company from $83.00 to $76.00 in a research report on Friday, January 11th. Finally, Gordon Haskett began coverage on Yum! Brands in a research report on Thursday, October 18th. They set a “hold” rating and a $90.00 target price for the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Yum! Brands currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $92.64.

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Yum! Brands Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. It operates in three segments: the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Taco Bell Division. The company operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, and Mexican-style food categories.

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