Shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS) traded up 1.3% during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $97.87 and last traded at $97.86, with a volume of 963,489 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $96.62.

Several analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Dr Pepper Snapple Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research note on Thursday, April 28th. Barclays PLC boosted their target price on Dr Pepper Snapple Group from $88.00 to $94.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 28th. Susquehanna restated a “hold” rating on shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a research note on Wednesday, April 27th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lowered their target price 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. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $93.97.

The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $94.11 and a 200-day moving average price of $91.98. The stock has a market capitalization of $18.18 billion and a PE ratio of 23.73.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 27th. The company reported $0.94 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.86 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $1.49 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.46 billion. Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s quarterly revenue was up 2.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.81 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. will post $4.35 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared 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. The ex-dividend date was Friday, June 10th. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.17%.

In other news, CEO Larry D. Young sold 34,537 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $95.35, for a total transaction of $3,293,102.95. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 150,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,302,500. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Pamela H. Patsley sold 2,974 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $92.02, for a total value of $273,667.48. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 11,455 shares in the company, valued at $1,054,089.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Stephens Inc. AR purchased a new position in Dr Pepper Snapple Group during the fourth quarter valued at $1,062,000. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC boosted its position in shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 57.3% in the fourth quarter. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC now owns 12,196 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,137,000 after buying an additional 4,441 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS boosted its position in shares of 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 worth $1,150,000 after buying an additional 77 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 22.8% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 15,260 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,422,000 after buying an additional 2,838 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Monetta Financial Services Inc. boosted its position in shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group by 216.0% in the fourth quarter. Monetta Financial Services Inc. now owns 15,800 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,473,000 after buying an additional 10,800 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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