Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) saw strong trading volume on Wednesday . 1,407,456 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 10% from the previous session’s volume of 1,556,920 shares.The stock last traded at $47.61 and had previously closed at $46.54.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $50.00 price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Wednesday, April 20th. Nomura Holdings Inc. assumed coverage on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Wednesday, April 20th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $46.00 price target on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $50.00 price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Saturday, April 16th. Evercore ISI assumed coverage on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Monday, April 4th. They set a “sell” rating on the stock. Finally, Wedbush lifted their price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group from $43.00 to $47.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, April 29th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $48.73.

The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $44.79 and its 200-day moving average price is $44.48. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.31 billion and a PE ratio of 38.33.

Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The company reported $0.44 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $189.77 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $188.27 million. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.40 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. will post $2.21 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Dunkin’ Brands Group news, SVP Scott Murphy sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, April 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.90, for a total transaction of $351,750.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 14,254 shares in the company, valued at approximately $668,512.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider John H. Costello sold 52,757 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.63, for a total transaction of $2,460,058.91. Following the sale, the insider now owns 41,210 shares in the company, valued at $1,921,622.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds recently made changes to their positions in the company. Comerica Bank increased its stake in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 11.8% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 75,914 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,905,000 after buying an additional 7,995 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 161,461 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,877,000 after buying an additional 1,110 shares during the period. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 51.3% in the fourth quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 61,395 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,614,000 after buying an additional 20,827 shares during the period. Private Advisor Group LLC increased its stake in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 20.3% in the fourth quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 34,530 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,471,000 after buying an additional 5,819 shares during the period. Finally, Russell Frank Co increased its stake in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 107.1% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 163,618 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,982,000 after buying an additional 84,610 shares during the period.

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc is a franchisor of quick service restaurants (QSRs) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard serve ice cream. The Company franchises restaurants under its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. The Company operates its business through four segments, which include Dunkin’ Donuts-U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts International, Baskin-Robbins International and Baskin-Robbins-U.S.

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