Shares of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nineteen analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have given a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $100.43.

YUM has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Longbow Research reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Snap-on in a report on Monday, July 1st. UBS Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 2,900 ($37.89) target price on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a report on Wednesday, May 29th. Mizuho cut shares of Wendys from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $18.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, March 20th. Edward Jones cut shares of Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 1st. Finally, Evercore ISI initiated coverage on shares of Mondelez International in a report on Tuesday, June 11th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $62.00 target price on the stock.

In related news, CFO David W. Gibbs sold 1,577 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $111.29, for a total transaction of $175,504.33. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 43,867 shares in the company, valued at $4,881,958.43. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Tracy L. Skeans sold 6,049 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.00, for a total transaction of $665,390.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 9,106 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,001,660. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 58,458 shares of company stock worth $6,203,386 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 0.67% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Glassman Wealth Services boosted its stake in Yum! Brands by 21.3% in the 1st quarter. Glassman Wealth Services now owns 586 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $58,000 after purchasing an additional 103 shares during the period. Rossmore Private Capital boosted its stake in Yum! Brands by 2.5% in the 1st quarter. Rossmore Private Capital now owns 4,711 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $470,000 after purchasing an additional 115 shares during the period. Wealth Alliance Advisory Group LLC boosted its stake in Yum! Brands by 3.2% in the 1st quarter. Wealth Alliance Advisory Group LLC now owns 3,859 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $392,000 after purchasing an additional 120 shares during the period. Kaizen Advisory LLC boosted its stake in Yum! Brands by 16.0% in the 4th quarter. Kaizen Advisory LLC now owns 898 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $83,000 after purchasing an additional 124 shares during the period. Finally, Wedbush Securities Inc. boosted its stake in Yum! Brands by 2.6% in the 1st quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. now owns 5,166 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $516,000 after purchasing an additional 133 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 74.85% of the company’s stock.

Shares of YUM stock traded down $0.39 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $111.54. 776,573 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,655,419. Yum! Brands has a one year low of $77.68 and a one year high of $112.15. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $108.71. The company has a market cap of $33.98 billion, a PE ratio of 35.19, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.38 and a beta of 0.58.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, May 1st. The restaurant operator reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.02. Yum! Brands had a net margin of 24.61% and a negative return on equity of 13.06%. The firm had revenue of $1.25 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.25 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.90 earnings per share. Yum! Brands’s revenue was down 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities analysts predict that Yum! Brands will post 3.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Yum! Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. It operates in three segments: the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Taco Bell Division. The company operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, and Mexican-style food categories.

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