News stories about Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Yum! Brands earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 46.8136811690174 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. Barclays PLC reissued an “equal weight” rating and set a $74.00 price objective (up previously from $72.00) on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Friday, August 4th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on shares of Yum! Brands from $66.00 to $77.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 price objective on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Friday, August 4th. Fifteen analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. Yum! Brands has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $78.64.

Shares of Yum! Brands (YUM) traded up 0.14% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $76.39. 1,480,403 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The company has a 50 day moving average of $74.50 and a 200 day moving average of $69.36. Yum! Brands has a 12 month low of $59.57 and a 12 month high of $91.99. The company has a market cap of $26.34 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.28 and a beta of 0.82.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.61 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $1.45 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.42 billion. Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 24.95% and a net margin of 16.76%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.75 EPS. Analysts expect that Yum! Brands will post $2.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 4th. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 14th were issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.57%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, July 12th. Yum! Brands’s payout ratio is 33.15%.

In other Yum! Brands news, CFO David W. Gibbs sold 8,336 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was 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 in the company, valued at approximately $2,935,136. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 1,487 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $73.82, for a total value of $109,770.34. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 6,719 shares in the company, valued at $495,996.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 11,294 shares of company stock worth $833,488 over the last 90 days. Company insiders own 0.65% of the company’s stock.

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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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