News headlines about Restaurant Brands International (NYSE:QSR) (TSE:QSR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Restaurant Brands International earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 44.6088889058836 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Restaurant Brands International (QSR) traded down $0.37 during trading on Friday, hitting $60.71. The company had a trading volume of 1,088,362 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,701,601. Restaurant Brands International has a 52 week low of $46.88 and a 52 week high of $68.89. The company has a current ratio of 3.45, a quick ratio of 3.38 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.70. The company has a market cap of $14,420.63, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.12, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.80 and a beta of 1.69.

Restaurant Brands International (NYSE:QSR) (TSE:QSR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The restaurant operator reported $0.58 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.49 by $0.09. Restaurant Brands International had a return on equity of 23.53% and a net margin of 12.40%. The business had revenue of $1.21 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.21 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.43 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.4% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Restaurant Brands International will post 1.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 3rd. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.21 per share. This is an increase from Restaurant Brands International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.38%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. Restaurant Brands International’s dividend payout ratio is 55.17%.

QSR has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Bank of America reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $62.00 target price on shares of Restaurant Brands International in a report on Monday, August 14th. BidaskClub raised Restaurant Brands International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, August 19th. UBS set a $68.00 target price on Restaurant Brands International and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Restaurant Brands International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $69.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised Restaurant Brands International from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $60.00 to $74.00 in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the stock. Restaurant Brands International currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $69.88.

In other news, Director Marc Caira sold 49,804 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.62, for a total value of $3,268,138.48. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 124,643 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,179,073.66. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Restaurant Brands Holdings 3G sold 4,050,594 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.70, for a total value of $262,073,431.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 5,249,909 shares of company stock worth $339,590,312. 3.05% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Restaurant Brands International

Restaurant Brands International Inc is a quick service restaurant (QSR) company. The Company had over 20,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and the United States territories, as of December 31, 2016. It operates through two segments: Tim Hortons (TH) and Burger King (BK). Tim Hortons restaurants are quick service restaurants with a menu that includes blend coffee, tea, espresso-based hot and cold specialty drinks, baked goods, including donuts, Timbits, bagels, muffins, cookies and pastries, grilled paninis, classic sandwiches, wraps and soups, among others.

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