Shares of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) have been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the twenty-five ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $79.12.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub raised Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 24th. Sanford C. Bernstein reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Yum! Brands in a research report on Monday, July 3rd. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating and set a $75.00 price target (up previously from $71.00) on shares of Yum! Brands in a research report on Monday, July 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Thursday, July 20th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on Yum! Brands from $66.00 to $77.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd.

Shares of Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) traded up 0.46% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $76.17. 1,271,301 shares of the company were exchanged. The firm has a market capitalization of $26.26 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.22 and a beta of 0.81. Yum! Brands has a one year low of $59.43 and a one year high of $78.14. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $75.67 and its 200 day moving average price is $72.81.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.68 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.61 by $0.07. Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 24.95% and a net margin of 16.76%. The business had revenue of $1.45 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.42 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.75 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Yum! Brands will post $2.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other Yum! Brands news, CFO David W. Gibbs sold 8,336 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.00, for a total value of $616,864.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 39,664 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,935,136. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 7.38% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of YUM. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 1.0% in the second quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 985,546 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $72,694,000 after purchasing an additional 9,754 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 25.7% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 556,212 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $41,026,000 after purchasing an additional 113,582 shares during the last quarter. Whalerock Point Partners LLC raised its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 3.0% in the second quarter. Whalerock Point Partners LLC now owns 8,500 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $627,000 after purchasing an additional 250 shares during the last quarter. Delta Lloyd Asset Management N.V. purchased a new position in shares of Yum! Brands in the second quarter worth about $13,136,000. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 81.5% in the second quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 754,879 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $55,679,000 after purchasing an additional 338,941 shares during the last quarter. 72.07% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Yum! Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc is engaged in restaurant business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated or franchised over 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories operating under the KFC, Pizza Hut or Taco Bell (collectively the Concepts) brands. The Company operates through three segments: The KFC Division, which includes the operations of the KFC concept around the world; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes the operations of the Pizza Hut concept around the world, and The Taco Bell Division, which includes the operations of the Taco Bell concept around the world.

Analyst Recommendations for Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM)

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