Shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twenty-two analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three 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. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $56.35.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on DNKN shares. Royal Bank Of Canada raised Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price target for the company from $54.00 to $64.00 in a research report on Monday, May 1st. Maxim Group raised their price target on Dunkin’ Brands Group from $61.00 to $64.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 1st. Wedbush reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price target on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their price target on Dunkin’ Brands Group from $46.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, May 5th.

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In other Dunkin’ Brands Group news, SVP Karen Raskopf sold 33,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.80, for a total transaction 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 sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 3.10% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. FNY Partners Fund LP boosted its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 13,233.3% in the second quarter. FNY Partners Fund LP now owns 2,000 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 1,985 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. acquired a new position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group during the fourth quarter worth approximately $157,000. Advisors Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 12.1% in the second quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 3,114 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $172,000 after buying an additional 336 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank boosted its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 8.5% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 3,315 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $183,000 after buying an additional 259 shares in the last quarter. Finally, 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 worth $191,000 after buying an additional 63 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.88% of the company’s stock.

Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) traded up 0.61% on Friday, hitting $53.06. The company had a trading volume of 667,082 shares. Dunkin’ Brands Group has a 12-month low of $46.55 and a 12-month high of $59.70. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $53.94 and its 200 day moving average price is $54.89. The stock has a market cap of $4.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.27 and a beta of 0.21.

Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The restaurant operator reported $0.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $218.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $220.77 million. Dunkin’ Brands Group had a negative return on equity of 141.72% and a net margin of 25.48%. The firm’s revenue was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.57 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that Dunkin’ Brands Group will post $2.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 6th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.3225 per share. This represents a $1.29 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.43%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 24th. Dunkin’ Brands Group’s dividend payout ratio is 56.33%.

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.

Analyst Recommendations for Dunkin` Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN)

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