Investors sold shares of Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) on strength during trading hours on Thursday. $22.03 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $51.71 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $29.68 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 $0.19 for the day and closed at $89.94

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Bank of America Corp. reissued 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 report on Sunday, July 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Sunday, July 17th. Cowen and Company reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Sunday, July 17th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $88.00 target price on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Friday, July 15th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $87.73.

The firm has a market cap of $35.07 billion and a PE ratio of 27.11. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $88.71 and its 200-day moving average price is $81.87.

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, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.01. The business earned $3.01 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.07 billion. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.69 earnings per share. Analysts predict that Yum Brands Inc. will post $3.70 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Tracy L. Skeans sold 1,793 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.02, for a total value of $161,405.86. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Muktesh Pant sold 91,228 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 22nd. The stock was 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 disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. American International Group Inc. increased its position 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 period. BlackRock Advisors LLC increased its stake in 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 period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake 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 period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in Yum Brands by 3.2% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,170,610 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $85,514,000 after buying an additional 36,280 shares during the period. Finally, Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its stake in Yum Brands by 9.5% in the fourth quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 1,458,838 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $106,569,000 after buying an additional 126,165 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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