Investors sold shares of Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) on strength during trading hours on Thursday. $27.98 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $73.99 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $46.01 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Yum Brands had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Yum Brands traded up $1.52 for the day and closed at $89.98

Several research analysts have commented on YUM shares. Sanford C. Bernstein restated a “hold” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Saturday, April 23rd. Vetr upgraded shares of Yum Brands from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $91.26 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. Wells Fargo & Co. reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $83.00 price target on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Monday, July 11th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $70.00 price target (up from $66.00) on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Friday, April 22nd. Finally, Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $87.73.

The firm has a market cap of $35.08 billion and a P/E ratio of 27.12. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $86.83 and a 200 day moving average of $80.51.

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

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 5th. Investors of record on Friday, July 15th were given a $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, July 13th. This represents a $1.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.04%.

In other Yum Brands news, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 26,282 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.55, for a total value of $2,248,425.10. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 110,418 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,446,259.90. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, 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 value of $161,405.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of large investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its stake in Yum Brands by 177.7% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 16,615 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,214,000 after buying an additional 10,631 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in Yum Brands by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 245,135 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $17,906,000 after buying an additional 11,643 shares in the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. raised its stake in Yum Brands by 44.4% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 33,567 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $2,451,000 after buying an additional 10,321 shares in the last quarter. Marshall Wace LLP raised its stake in Yum Brands by 53.4% in the fourth quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 92,410 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $6,750,000 after buying an additional 32,153 shares in the last quarter. Finally, I.G. Investment Management LTD. raised its stake in Yum Brands by 54.9% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 274,559 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $20,057,000 after buying an additional 97,269 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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