Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the sixteen brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $92.42.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $106.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, February 11th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their target price on Yum! Brands to $100.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, February 8th. Robert W. Baird lifted their price target on Yum! Brands from $94.00 to $105.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lowered Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $94.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, October 23rd.

In other Yum! Brands news, CFO David W. Gibbs sold 6,446 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $91.22, for a total transaction of $588,004.12. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 47,609 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,342,892.98. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, General Counsel Scott Catlett sold 745 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.00, for a total value of $67,050.00. Following the transaction, the general counsel now owns 5,188 shares in the company, valued at approximately $466,920. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 49,912 shares of company stock worth $4,639,882 in the last 90 days. 0.63% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Legacy Financial Advisors Inc. grew its holdings in Yum! Brands by 5.7% during the fourth quarter. Legacy Financial Advisors Inc. now owns 2,174 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $200,000 after acquiring an additional 117 shares during the period. Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co. grew its holdings in Yum! Brands by 0.6% during the fourth quarter. Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co. now owns 20,202 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $1,857,000 after acquiring an additional 120 shares during the period. Kaizen Advisory LLC grew its holdings in Yum! Brands by 16.0% during the fourth quarter. Kaizen Advisory LLC now owns 898 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $83,000 after acquiring an additional 124 shares during the period. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. grew its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 4.1% during the 4th quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 3,715 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $341,000 after purchasing an additional 145 shares during the period. Finally, Park National Corp OH grew its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 3.3% during the 4th quarter. Park National Corp OH now owns 4,677 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $430,000 after purchasing an additional 151 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 72.64% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE YUM traded up $0.27 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $94.12. 2,862,177 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,975,950. Yum! Brands has a twelve month low of $77.09 and a twelve month high of $95.45. The firm has a market capitalization of $29.39 billion, a PE ratio of 29.69, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.60.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The restaurant operator reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates 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 company had revenue of $1.56 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.57 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.96 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that Yum! Brands will post 3.8 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 14th will be paid a $0.42 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 13th. This is a positive change from Yum! Brands’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.36. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.78%. Yum! Brands’s payout ratio is currently 53.00%.

About Yum! Brands

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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