Media stories about Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Yum China earned a news impact score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the company an impact score of 46.5784430768525 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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Several research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Yum China from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Macquarie began coverage on shares of Yum China in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $55.00 price objective for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $44.28.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) traded up $0.25 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $41.53. 2,390,227 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,071,057. The firm has a market cap of $15,923.64, a P/E ratio of 41.12, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 1.26. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a quick ratio of 1.48 and a current ratio of 1.77. Yum China has a 12 month low of $26.07 and a 12 month high of $48.75.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The company reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $2.23 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.15 billion. Yum China had a net margin of 5.64% and a return on equity of 20.59%. Yum China’s quarterly revenue was up 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.17 EPS. analysts anticipate that Yum China will post 1.6 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a Not Available dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be paid a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a dividend yield of 0.00248200546041201%. Yum China’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 19.80%.

In other news, insider Danny Tan sold 3,610 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.50, for a total value of $160,645.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Riu Sun sold 10,054 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.15, for a total transaction of $403,668.10. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 17,622 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $707,523.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.23% 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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