Recent Analysts’ Ratings Changes for Yum! Brands (YUM)

A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) recently:

  • 5/3/2018 – Yum! Brands was upgraded by analysts at Robert W. Baird from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating. They now have a $83.00 price target on the stock.
  • 5/3/2018 – Yum! Brands had its price target raised by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $80.00 to $90.00. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 5/3/2018 – Yum! Brands had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays from $81.00 to $84.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 5/3/2018 – Yum! Brands had its price target lowered by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $92.00 to $90.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 4/26/2018 – Yum! Brands was upgraded by analysts at OTR Global to a “positive” rating.
  • 4/18/2018 – Yum! Brands had its price target raised by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $92.00 to $94.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 4/4/2018 – Yum! Brands was given a new $82.00 price target on by analysts at Mizuho. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 4/2/2018 – Yum! Brands was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 3/26/2018 – Yum! Brands had its price target raised by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $91.00 to $92.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.

Shares of Yum! Brands opened at $83.00 on Friday, MarketBeat Ratings reports. The company has a market capitalization of $27.01 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.04, a PEG ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 0.86. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.39, a quick ratio of 1.70 and a current ratio of 1.70. Yum! Brands has a 52-week low of $83.25 and a 52-week high of $83.89.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.22. The business had revenue of $1.37 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.08 billion. Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 17.70% and a net margin of 25.60%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.65 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that Yum! Brands will post 3.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 8th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 16th will be issued a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 15th. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.73%. Yum! Brands’s dividend payout ratio is presently 48.65%.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Dynamic Advisors Solutions LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Yum! Brands by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. Dynamic Advisors Solutions LLC now owns 21,004 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,714,000 after purchasing an additional 859 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can lifted its holdings in shares of Yum! Brands by 3.0% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 486,284 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $39,686,000 after purchasing an additional 13,975 shares in the last quarter. LPL Financial LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Yum! Brands by 44.5% in the fourth quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 79,387 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $6,479,000 after purchasing an additional 24,454 shares in the last quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Yum! Brands in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $8,509,000. Finally, BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp lifted its holdings in shares of Yum! Brands by 14.0% in the fourth quarter. BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp now owns 136,449 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $11,136,000 after purchasing an additional 16,742 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 73.90% of the company’s stock.

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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