Traders bought shares of Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) on weakness during trading hours on Friday. $55.20 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $19.98 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $35.22 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, Yum Brands had the 11th highest net in-flow for the day. Yum Brands traded down ($0.02) for the day and closed at $89.96

A number of research firms have weighed in on YUM. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Nomura reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price target (up previously from $82.00) on shares of Yum Brands in a research report on Thursday, April 21st. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research report on Thursday, April 21st. Cowen and Company reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research report on Saturday, April 23rd. Finally, Vetr downgraded Yum Brands from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $91.26 price target for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, April 26th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have given a hold rating and nine have given 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 firm’s 50 day moving average is $86.94 and its 200-day moving average is $80.67. The firm has a market cap of $35.07 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.11.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 13th. The restaurant operator reported $0.75 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $3.01 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.07 billion. Yum Brands’s quarterly revenue was down 3.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.69 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Yum Brands Inc. will post $3.70 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 5th. Investors of record on Friday, July 15th were given a dividend of $0.46 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, July 13th. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.05%.

In related news, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 44,952 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $88.53, for a total transaction of $3,979,600.56. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 244,274 shares in the company, valued at $21,625,577.22. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Muktesh Pant sold 91,228 shares of the stock in a transaction dated 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 transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 62,660 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,635,640.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Bridgewater Associates LP boosted its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 33.2% in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater Associates LP now owns 105,715 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $7,722,000 after buying an additional 26,370 shares in the last quarter. American International Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 190,075 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $13,884,000 after buying an additional 4,116 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 247,314 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $18,066,000 after buying an additional 2,419 shares in the last quarter. Utah Retirement Systems boosted its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Utah Retirement Systems now owns 77,574 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $5,667,000 after buying an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Finally, KBC Group NV boosted its stake in shares of Yum Brands by 3.2% in the fourth quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 185,310 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $13,537,000 after buying an additional 5,775 shares in the last quarter.

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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