Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) hit a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $90.93 and last traded at $90.76, with a volume of 1,769,314 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $89.53.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on YUM shares. Vetr upgraded Yum Brands from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $91.26 target price for the company in a report on Monday, May 2nd. Wells Fargo & Co. restated a “market perform” rating and issued a $83.00 target price on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Monday, July 11th. Cowen and Company restated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Sunday, July 17th. Credit Agricole SA restated an “underperform” rating and issued a $82.00 target price on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Thursday, July 14th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Yum Brands in a report on Sunday, July 17th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. Yum Brands presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $87.73.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $88.99 and a 200 day moving average price of $82.44. The firm has a market capitalization of $35.39 billion and a PE ratio of 27.35.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 13th. The restaurant operator reported $0.75 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ 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 revenue for the quarter was down 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.69 EPS. On average, equities analysts expect that Yum Brands Inc. will post $3.70 EPS for the current year.

In related news, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 44,952 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $88.53, for a total value of $3,979,600.56. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 244,274 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $21,625,577.22. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 26,282 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $85.55, for a total transaction of $2,248,425.10. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 110,418 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,446,259.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the stock. BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted 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 period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted 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 period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted 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 period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted 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 period. Finally, American International Group Inc. boosted 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 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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