Shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS) traded down 0.3% on Friday . The company traded as low as $96.52 and last traded at $96.74, with a volume of 394,318 shares. The stock had previously closed at $97.01.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Dr Pepper Snapple Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 5th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. dropped their price target on Dr Pepper Snapple Group from $90.00 to $89.00 and set a “sell” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, June 29th. Credit Agricole SA reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Finally, Barclays PLC increased their price target on Dr Pepper Snapple Group from $88.00 to $94.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $93.60.

The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $93.14 and its 200 day moving average price is $91.83. The stock has a market capitalization of $18.05 billion and a PE ratio of 23.55.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, April 27th. The company reported $0.94 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.86 by $0.08. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.81 EPS. The business had revenue of $1.49 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.46 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. will post $4.35 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, July 7th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, June 14th were given a dividend of $0.53 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, June 10th. This represents a $2.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.18%.

In related news, EVP Rodger L. Collins sold 52,390 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.09, for a total transaction of $4,981,765.10. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 133,685 shares in the company, valued at approximately $12,712,106.65. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP David Thomas sold 5,720 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.00, for a total transaction of $514,800.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 45,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,050,000. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 12,341 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,150,000 after buying an additional 77 shares in the last quarter. Hamilton Point Investment Advisors LLC raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. Hamilton Point Investment Advisors LLC now owns 25,993 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,423,000 after buying an additional 414 shares in the last quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 18,318 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,707,000 after buying an additional 421 shares in the last quarter. BOKF NA raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 3.8% in the fourth quarter. BOKF NA now owns 16,353 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,524,000 after buying an additional 602 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Mastrapasqua Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 6.2% in the fourth quarter. Mastrapasqua Asset Management Inc. now owns 15,140 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,411,000 after buying an additional 890 shares in the last quarter.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc is an owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Company’s products consist of flavored (non-cola) carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs), including ready-to-drink teas, juices, juice drinks, water and mixers.

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