Traders sold shares of Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) on strength during trading on Thursday. $31.57 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $48.64 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $17.07 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Yum Brands had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Yum Brands traded up $0.54 for the day and closed at $90.26

Several analysts recently weighed in on the company. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, April 17th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Saturday, April 23rd. Sanford C. Bernstein restated a “hold” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Saturday, April 23rd. Cowen and Company restated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Saturday, April 23rd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “hold” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Saturday, April 23rd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have given a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Yum Brands currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $87.73.

The company has a 50-day moving average of $85.38 and a 200-day moving average of $79.30. The company has a market capitalization of $34.86 billion and a P/E ratio of 26.95.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 5th. Investors of record on Friday, July 15th will be given a dividend of $0.46 per share. 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 2.06%.

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

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. GSA Capital Partners LLP increased its position in shares of Yum Brands by 177.7% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 16,615 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $1,214,000 after buying an additional 10,631 shares during the period. Whitebox Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Yum Brands during the fourth quarter worth $1,702,000. Pittenger & Anderson Inc. increased its position in shares of Yum Brands by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. Pittenger & Anderson Inc. now owns 27,605 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $2,016,000 after buying an additional 460 shares during the period. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS increased its position in shares of Yum Brands by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 28,175 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $2,058,000 after buying an additional 470 shares during the period. Finally, Suntrust Banks Inc. increased its position in shares of Yum Brands by 44.4% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 33,567 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $2,451,000 after buying an additional 10,321 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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