Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-two ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eleven have assigned a hold recommendation and eight have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $56.35.

DNKN has been the topic of several analyst reports. Royal Bank Of Canada upgraded Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $54.00 to $64.00 in a research note on Monday, May 1st. Maxim Group lifted their target price on Dunkin’ Brands Group from $61.00 to $64.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, May 1st. Wedbush reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 target price on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Friday, May 5th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, May 5th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on Dunkin’ Brands Group from $46.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, May 5th.

In related news, SVP Karen Raskopf sold 33,000 shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.80, for a total transaction of $1,742,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 33,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,742,400. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 3.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of DNKN. FNY Partners Fund LP increased its position in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 13,233.3% in the second quarter. FNY Partners Fund LP now owns 2,000 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 1,985 shares during the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new position in Dunkin’ Brands Group during the fourth quarter valued at $157,000. Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its position in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 12.1% in the second quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 3,114 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $172,000 after buying an additional 336 shares during the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its position in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 8.5% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 3,315 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $183,000 after buying an additional 259 shares during the last quarter. Finally, US Bancorp DE increased its position in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 1.8% in the first quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 3,505 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $191,000 after buying an additional 63 shares during the last quarter. 96.88% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ DNKN) traded up 0.61% on Friday, reaching $53.06. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 667,082 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $4.79 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.27 and a beta of 0.21. Dunkin’ Brands Group has a 1-year low of $46.55 and a 1-year high of $59.70. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $53.94 and a 200-day moving average price of $54.89.

Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The restaurant operator reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.02. Dunkin’ Brands Group had a negative return on equity of 141.72% and a net margin of 25.48%. The company had revenue of $218.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $220.77 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.57 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Dunkin’ Brands Group will post $2.43 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 6th. Investors of record on Monday, August 28th will be issued a dividend of $0.3225 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 24th. This represents a $1.29 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.43%. Dunkin’ Brands Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 56.33%.

Dunkin’ Brands Group Company Profile

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc is a franchisor of quick service restaurants (QSRs) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard serve ice cream. The Company franchises restaurants under its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. The Company operates through four segments: Dunkin’ Donuts-U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts International, Baskin-Robbins International and Baskin-Robbins-U.S.

Analyst Recommendations for Dunkin` Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN)

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