Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE:YUMC) – Stock analysts at Oppenheimer issued their FY2019 earnings per share estimates for shares of Yum China in a research report issued on Thursday. Oppenheimer analyst B. Bittner forecasts that the company will earn $1.80 per share for the year. Oppenheimer currently has a “Outperform” rating and a $45.00 target price on the stock.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on YUMC. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Yum China from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $45.00 price target on shares of Yum China in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Instinet reissued a “buy” rating and set a $51.60 price target (up previously from $51.50) on shares of Yum China in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Nomura began coverage on Yum China in a research report on Monday, October 9th. They set a “buy” rating and a $51.60 price target for the company. Finally, Bank of America reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $45.10 price target (up previously from $41.60) on shares of Yum China in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Yum China currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $44.28.

Shares of Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) traded up $0.26 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $42.50. The stock had a trading volume of 2,186,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,998,300. The stock has a market capitalization of $16,360.00 and a P/E ratio of 28.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a quick ratio of 1.42 and a current ratio of 1.69. Yum China has a twelve month low of $25.53 and a twelve month high of $43.55.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 5th. The company reported $0.52 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.56 by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $2.04 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.98 billion. Yum China had a net margin of 8.43% and a return on equity of 21.35%. Yum China’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.52 EPS.

In other Yum China news, insider Danny Tan sold 2,124 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.84, for a total transaction of $88,868.16. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Angela Ai sold 17,678 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.05, for a total value of $761,037.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.23% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in YUMC. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Yum China by 148.7% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 98,816 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,897,000 after acquiring an additional 59,081 shares in the last quarter. Comerica Bank lifted its stake in shares of Yum China by 3.9% in the second quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 29,863 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,110,000 after acquiring an additional 1,126 shares in the last quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC lifted its stake in shares of Yum China by 36.0% in the second quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 74,382 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,933,000 after acquiring an additional 19,696 shares in the last quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Yum China by 20.6% in the second quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 15,247 shares of the company’s stock worth $601,000 after acquiring an additional 2,603 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Yum China by 143.9% in the second quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 79,467 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,134,000 after acquiring an additional 46,885 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 80.07% of the company’s stock.

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Yum China Company Profile

Yum China Holdings, Inc is a restaurant company. The Company’s segments include KFC, Pizza Hut Casual Dining, and All Other Segments, including Pizza Hut Home Service, East Dawning, Little Sheep and Taco Bell. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had over 7,500 restaurants in China. Its restaurant base consists of various restaurant concepts.

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