Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Yum! Brands (YUM) Stock Price

Press coverage about Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Yum! Brands earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 46.6229252290003 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

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A number of research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Mizuho set a $82.00 price objective on shares of Yum! Brands and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on shares of Yum! Brands from $91.00 to $92.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, March 26th. Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $92.00 price objective on shares of Yum! Brands in a research report on Thursday, March 15th. Finally, Deutsche Bank upped their price objective on shares of Yum! Brands from $75.00 to $82.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, February 12th. Fourteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $83.09.

Shares of NYSE YUM opened at $84.46 on Friday. Yum! Brands has a 12-month low of $63.54 and a 12-month high of $86.93. The stock has a market cap of $28,084.05, a P/E ratio of 28.44, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.03 and a beta of 0.85. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.49, a current ratio of 1.66 and a quick ratio of 1.65.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The restaurant operator reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.16. Yum! Brands had a net margin of 22.80% and a negative return on equity of 17.27%. The company had revenue of $1.58 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.59 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.79 EPS. Yum! Brands’s revenue was down 16.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Yum! Brands will post 3.27 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 14th were paid a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.70%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, February 13th. This is a boost from Yum! Brands’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. Yum! Brands’s dividend payout ratio is currently 48.65%.

In other news, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 2,294 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.90, for a total value of $194,760.60. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 10,160 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $862,584. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 945 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.90, for a total transaction of $75,505.50. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 10,785 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $861,721.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 7.38% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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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