Investors purchased shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) on weakness during trading on Monday. $31.12 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $12.02 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $19.10 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, Dunkin’ Brands Group had the 28th highest net in-flow for the day. Dunkin’ Brands Group traded down ($1.59) for the day and closed at $53.34

DNKN has been the topic of a number of research reports. Argus upgraded shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the company from $58.84 to $68.00 in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. Citigroup Inc. decreased their price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group from $64.00 to $61.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th. Maxim Group reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Monday, April 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 17th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. Dunkin’ Brands Group currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $56.47.

The stock has a market capitalization of $4.87 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.39 and a beta of 0.21. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $54.64 and a 200 day moving average price of $54.85.

Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The restaurant operator reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $218.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $220.77 million. Dunkin’ Brands Group had a net margin of 25.48% and a negative return on equity of 141.72%. The company’s revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.57 earnings per share. On average, analysts forecast that Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. will post $2.43 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 6th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 28th will be paid a $0.3225 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 24th. This represents a $1.29 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.42%. Dunkin’ Brands Group’s payout ratio is 56.33%.

In other news, SVP Karen Raskopf sold 33,000 shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.80, for a total value of $1,742,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 33,000 shares in the company, valued at $1,742,400. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 3.10% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. US Bancorp DE boosted its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 1.8% in the first quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 3,505 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $191,000 after buying an additional 63 shares in the last quarter. Proficio Capital Partners LLC boosted its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 0.7% in the first quarter. Proficio Capital Partners LLC now owns 10,459 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $593,000 after buying an additional 73 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 3.7% in the first quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 3,061 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $167,000 after buying an additional 109 shares in the last quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas boosted its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 1.9% in the second quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 7,333 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $404,000 after buying an additional 134 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning boosted its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 1.6% in the first quarter. Creative Planning now owns 8,954 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $490,000 after buying an additional 140 shares in the last quarter. 96.88% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Dunkin’ Brands Group Company Profile

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc is a franchisor of quick service restaurants (QSRs) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard serve ice cream. The Company franchises restaurants under its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. The Company operates through four segments: Dunkin’ Donuts-U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts International, Baskin-Robbins International and Baskin-Robbins-U.S.

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