Investors purchased 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 equities 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 equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Bank of America Corp. restated a “hold” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research report on Sunday, July 17th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Cowen and Company reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $88.00 price target on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Friday, July 15th. Three investment 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. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $87.73.

The company has a market capitalization of $35.07 billion and a PE ratio of 27.11. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $86.94 and a 200-day moving average of $80.67.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 5th. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 15th were paid 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 2.05%.

In other news, 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 transaction, the vice president now owns 14,428 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,298,520. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Tracy L. Skeans sold 1,793 shares of the stock in a transaction 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.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in Yum Brands by 5.6% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 801,438 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $58,549,000 after buying an additional 42,163 shares during the last quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its stake in shares of 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 worth $20,057,000 after buying an additional 97,269 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC increased 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 during the last quarter. American International Group Inc. increased 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 during the last quarter. Finally, KBC Group NV increased 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 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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