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Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) CFO Martin M. Ellen unloaded 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.09, for a total transaction of $255,450.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) opened at 51.74 on Monday. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a 52 week low of $42.61 and a 52 week high of $51.91. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $48.77 and its 200-day moving average is $47.01. The company has a market cap of $10.243 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.96.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 11th. The company reported $0.97 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.85 by $0.12. The company had revenue of $1.46 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.47 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.82 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Dr Pepper Snapple Group will post $3.40 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, April 4th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 17th will be given a dividend of $0.41 per share. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.17%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 13th. This is a boost from Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.38.

A number of research firms have recently commented on DPS. Analysts at Barclays raised their price target on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group from $48.00 to $52.00 in a research note on Thursday, February 13th. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock. Separately, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research note on Thursday, February 13th. They now have a $52.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Credit Suisse raised their EPS on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research note on Thursday, February 13th. They now have a “neutral” rating and a $54.00 price target on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $50.08.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc (NYSE:DPS) is an integrated brand owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada and Mexico with a diverse portfolio of flavored (non-cola) carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs), including ready-to-drink teas, juices, juice drinks and mixers.

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