San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA grew its holdings in shares of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) by 12.3% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 6,460 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after buying an additional 710 shares during the period. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA’s holdings in Yum! Brands were worth $477,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Acrospire Investment Management LLC bought a new position in Yum! Brands in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $104,000. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC increased its position in Yum! Brands by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC now owns 1,537 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $113,000 after acquiring an additional 7 shares during the period. Founders Capital Management increased its position in Yum! Brands by 164.5% in the 2nd quarter. Founders Capital Management now owns 1,640 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $121,000 after acquiring an additional 1,020 shares during the period. Bruderman Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in Yum! Brands in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $148,000. Finally, Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. increased its position in Yum! Brands by 5.9% in the 1st quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 2,031 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $130,000 after acquiring an additional 114 shares during the period. 72.06% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Several research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “market perform” rating and issued a $77.00 price target (up previously from $66.00) on shares of Yum! Brands in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price objective on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Monday. Argus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 target price (up previously from $80.00) on shares of Yum! Brands in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $83.00 target price on shares of Yum! Brands in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Thirteen equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Yum! Brands presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $79.89.

In other news, CFO David W. Gibbs sold 8,336 shares of Yum! Brands stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.00, for a total transaction of $616,864.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 39,664 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,935,136. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.65% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) traded up 0.3854% on Wednesday, hitting $74.2049. The stock had a trading volume of 532,290 shares. Yum! Brands, Inc. has a one year low of $59.57 and a one year high of $78.14. The company has a market capitalization of $25.58 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.6987 and a beta of 0.81. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $75.77 and a 200 day moving average price of $71.80.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.07. Yum! Brands had a net margin of 16.76% and a negative return on equity of 24.95%. The firm had revenue of $1.45 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.42 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.75 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Yum! Brands, Inc. will post $2.81 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Yum! Brands Profile

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM)

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