Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) fell 3% on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $46.16 and last traded at $46.41, with a volume of 996,902 shares. The stock had previously closed at $47.86.

A number of research firms have weighed in on DNKN. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Saturday, April 30th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Friday, April 29th. Robert W. Baird reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $52.00 price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Monday. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lifted their price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group from $46.00 to $47.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $51.00 price target (up previously from $50.00) on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $48.87.

The stock has a 50-day moving average of $45.11 and a 200-day moving average of $44.68. The company has a market capitalization of $4.25 billion and a P/E ratio of 35.16.

Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $0.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.56 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $216.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $219.88 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.50 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. will post $2.21 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, August 31st. Investors of record on Monday, August 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 18th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.59%.

In related news, insider John H. Costello sold 52,757 shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group stock in a transaction 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 directly owns 41,210 shares in the company, valued at $1,921,622.30. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Karen Raskopf sold 19,200 shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group stock in a transaction on Monday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.75, for a total value of $897,600.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 19,200 shares in the company, valued at $897,600. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds have modified their holdings of DNKN. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D acquired a new stake in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group during the fourth quarter worth approximately $26,406,000. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 9.9% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 232,600 shares of the company’s stock worth $9,906,000 after buying an additional 21,006 shares during the period. Nicholas Co. Inc. WI raised its stake in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 13.9% in the fourth quarter. Nicholas Co. Inc. WI now owns 205,145 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,737,000 after buying an additional 25,000 shares during the period. Russell Frank Co raised its stake in shares of 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. Finally, Comerica Bank raised 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 worth $2,905,000 after buying an additional 7,995 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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