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

Several research firms have recently commented on YUM. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and issued a $83.00 price objective on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Friday, July 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Finally, Bank of America Corp. reiterated a “hold” 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, fourteen have issued a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. Yum Brands has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $87.73.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $88.85 and a 200 day moving average of $82.03. The firm has a market cap of $34.91 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.98.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 13th. The restaurant operator reported $0.75 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.01. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.69 EPS. The firm had revenue of $3.01 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.07 billion. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 3.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Yum Brands Inc. will post $3.70 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CEO Muktesh Pant sold 91,228 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.94, for a total value of $8,205,046.32. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 62,660 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,635,640.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP David Eric Russell sold 5,213 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 22nd. The shares were 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 of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,298,520. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its position in shares of Yum Brands by 9.5% in the fourth quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 1,458,838 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $106,569,000 after buying an additional 126,165 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its position in shares of 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 valued at $85,514,000 after buying an additional 36,280 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Yum Brands by 5.6% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 801,438 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $58,549,000 after buying an additional 42,163 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC increased its position 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 valued at $18,066,000 after buying an additional 2,419 shares during the last quarter. Finally, 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 valued at $13,884,000 after buying an additional 4,116 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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