Traders purchased shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS) on weakness during trading hours on Thursday. $26.07 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $9.69 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $16.38 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Dr Pepper Snapple Group had the 17th highest net in-flow for the day. Dr Pepper Snapple Group traded down ($0.26) for the day and closed at $96.95

A number of brokerages have commented on DPS. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Dr Pepper Snapple Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $102.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. Credit Agricole SA restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Susquehanna restated a “hold” rating on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research note on Wednesday, April 27th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reduced their price objective on Dr Pepper Snapple Group from $90.00 to $89.00 and set a “sell” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research note on Thursday, April 28th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. Dr Pepper Snapple Group presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $93.97.

The firm has a market cap of $18.01 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.51. The company has a 50-day moving average of $93.73 and a 200-day moving average of $91.93.

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

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, July 7th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, June 14th were issued a dividend of $0.53 per share. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.19%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, June 10th.

In other news, EVP Rodger L. Collins sold 52,390 shares of the firm’s 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 completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 133,685 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,712,106.65. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Pamela H. Patsley sold 2,974 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $92.02, for a total transaction of $273,667.48. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 11,455 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,054,089.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 17,114,272 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,595,050,000 after buying an additional 240,074 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 23.2% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 608,355 shares of the company’s stock valued at $56,698,000 after buying an additional 114,556 shares during the last quarter. Marshall Wace LLP raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 362.6% in the fourth quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 78,942 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,357,000 after buying an additional 61,878 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 49.6% in the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 148,527 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,843,000 after buying an additional 49,250 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BHF Kleinwort Benson Group S.A. raised its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 80.9% in the fourth quarter. BHF Kleinwort Benson Group S.A. now owns 103,592 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,655,000 after buying an additional 46,313 shares during 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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