Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-six analysts that are presently covering the stock. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, thirteen have issued a hold recommendation and nine have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $87.39.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on YUM. BTIG Research reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Sunday, September 4th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $92.00 price target on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Wednesday, September 7th. Citigroup Inc. increased their price target on shares of Yum Brands from $88.00 to $96.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, September 9th. Barclays PLC reiterated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $83.00 price target on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Friday, July 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Yum Brands from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday.

Shares of Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) traded up 0.55% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $88.88. 921,442 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Yum Brands has a one year low of $64.58 and a one year high of $91.99. The stock has a market cap of $34.65 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.79 and a beta of 0.81. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $89.35 and a 200-day moving average price of $84.18.

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Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 13th. The restaurant operator reported $0.75 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.01. The firm earned $3.01 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.07 billion. Yum Brands had a net margin of 10.97% and a return on equity of 213.02%. Yum Brands’s revenue was down 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.69 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Yum Brands will post $3.69 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 44,952 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $88.53, for a total transaction of $3,979,600.56. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 244,274 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $21,625,577.22. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Tracy L. Skeans sold 1,793 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.02, for a total value of $161,405.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 7.38% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of YUM. Bruderman Asset Management LLC increased its position in Yum Brands by 0.3% in the second quarter. Bruderman Asset Management LLC now owns 2,306 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $191,000 after buying an additional 8 shares in the last quarter. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC increased its position in Yum Brands by 0.5% in the second quarter. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC now owns 2,246 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $186,000 after buying an additional 12 shares in the last quarter. Pillar Pacific Capital Management LLC increased its position in Yum Brands by 0.4% in the second quarter. Pillar Pacific Capital Management LLC now owns 2,973 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $246,000 after buying an additional 13 shares in the last quarter. Sunbelt Securities Inc. increased its position in Yum Brands by 0.6% in the second quarter. Sunbelt Securities Inc. now owns 2,446 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $203,000 after buying an additional 14 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Washington Trust Bank increased its position in Yum Brands by 1.4% in the second quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 2,002 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $166,000 after buying an additional 28 shares in the last quarter. 76.15% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Yum Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc (YUM) is engaged in restaurant business. The Company develops, operates, franchises and licenses an across the world system of restaurants, which prepare, package and sell a menu of food items, primarily through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (the Concepts). YUM operates through four segments: YUM China (China Division), which includes all operations in mainland China; The KFC Division, which includes all operations of the KFC concept outside of China Division; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes all operations of the Pizza Hut concept outside of China Division, and the Taco Bell Division, which includes all operations of the Taco Bell concept.

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