Investors sold shares of Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) on strength during trading on Wednesday. $39.45 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $63.25 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $23.80 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Yum Brands had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Yum Brands traded up $0.47 for the day and closed at $89.72

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Friday, April 22nd. Nomura reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $92.00 target price (up previously from $82.00) on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Thursday, April 21st. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Thursday, April 21st. Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Saturday, April 23rd. Finally, Vetr lowered shares of Yum Brands from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $91.26 target price for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, April 26th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. Yum Brands has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $87.73.

The firm has a market capitalization of $34.98 billion and a P/E ratio of 27.04. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $85.04 and a 200 day moving average price of $79.06.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 13th. The restaurant operator reported $0.75 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.01. The business earned $3.01 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.07 billion. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.69 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Yum Brands Inc. will post $3.70 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 5th. Investors of record on Friday, July 15th will be issued a $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, July 13th. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.05%.

In other news, insider Tracy L. Skeans sold 1,793 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.02, for a total transaction of $161,405.86. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Muktesh Pant sold 91,228 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.94, for a total value of $8,205,046.32. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 62,660 shares in the company, valued at $5,635,640.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Whitebox Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Yum Brands during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,702,000. Advantus Capital Management Inc boosted its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 2.7% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 41,562 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $3,036,000 after buying an additional 1,107 shares during the period. J. Goldman & Co LP purchased a new stake in shares of Yum Brands during the fourth quarter valued at about $7,758,000. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. boosted its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 5.7% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 57,232 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $4,181,000 after buying an additional 3,110 shares during the period. Finally, Trilogy Global Advisors LP boosted its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 7.2% in the fourth quarter. Trilogy Global Advisors LP now owns 1,373,937 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $100,365,000 after buying an additional 92,047 shares during the period.

YUM! Brands, Inc (YUM) is engaged in restaurant business. The Company develops, operates, franchises and licenses an across the world system of restaurants, which prepare, package and sell a menu of food items, primarily through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (the Concepts). YUM operates through four segments: YUM China (China Division), which includes all operations in mainland China; The KFC Division, which includes all operations of the KFC concept outside of China Division; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes all operations of the Pizza Hut concept outside of China Division, and the Taco Bell Division, which includes all operations of the Taco Bell concept.

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