Yum! Brands (YUM) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Shows

Headlines about Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research group, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Yum! Brands earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 31 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Alpha One’s rankings:

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. Argus upgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $69.95 to $80.00 in a report on Tuesday. Goldman Sachs Group Inc raised shares of Yum! Brands from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and raised their target price for the company from $57.00 to $65.00 in a research note on Thursday, May 11th. Barclays PLC reissued an “equal weight” rating and issued a $70.00 target price (up previously from $69.00) on shares of Yum! Brands in a research note on Thursday, February 16th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $66.00 target price (up previously from $60.00) on shares of Yum! Brands in a research note on Thursday, February 16th. Finally, Cowen and Company raised their target price on shares of Yum! Brands from $75.00 to $80.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Yum! Brands currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $78.02.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) traded up 1.40% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $70.07. 4,898,126 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $66.34 and a 200-day moving average price of $64.72. Yum! Brands has a 1-year low of $56.31 and a 1-year high of $70.45. The stock has a market cap of $24.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.65 and a beta of 0.76.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.65 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $1.42 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.38 billion. Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 75.96% and a net margin of 14.76%. The firm’s revenue was down 1.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.95 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that Yum! Brands will post $2.77 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 4th. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.71%. Yum! Brands’s payout ratio is 29.93%.

In other news, CFO David W. Gibbs sold 8,125 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.83, for a total value of $559,243.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 39,181 shares in the company, valued at $2,696,828.23. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 7.38% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Yum! Brands

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.

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