Traders sold shares of Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) on strength during trading 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 stocks 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

YUM has been the topic of several analyst reports. Vetr lowered Yum Brands from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $91.26 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Monday, May 9th. Nomura reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $92.00 price objective (up from $82.00) on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Thursday, April 21st. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $70.00 price objective (up from $66.00) on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Friday, April 22nd. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $84.00 price objective on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Thursday, July 14th. Finally, TheStreet lowered Yum Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 20th. Three 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. Yum Brands has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $87.73.

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $86.94 and its 200-day moving average is $80.67. The stock has a market cap of $35.07 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.11.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last issued 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 company earned $3.01 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.07 billion. Yum Brands’s quarterly revenue was down 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.69 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Yum Brands Inc. will post $3.70 EPS for the current year.

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

In other news, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 26,282 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $85.55, for a total value of $2,248,425.10. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 110,418 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,446,259.90. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, VP David Eric Russell sold 5,213 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, July 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.00, for a total transaction of $469,170.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 14,428 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,298,520. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other institutional investors recently modified their holdings of the company. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised 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 last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. raised 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 last quarter. Utah Retirement Systems raised its position 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 during the last quarter. Marshall Wace LLP raised its position in shares of Yum Brands by 53.4% in the fourth quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 92,410 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $6,750,000 after buying an additional 32,153 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bridgewater Associates LP raised its position 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 during 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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