Aperio Group LLC increased its stake in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) by 8.5% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 26,582 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after buying an additional 2,093 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC’s holdings in Dunkin’ Brands Group were worth $1,465,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $157,000. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group by 5.3% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 85,669 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $4,492,000 after buying an additional 4,291 shares in the last quarter. Creative Planning raised 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. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System increased its stake in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 2.2% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 23,200 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,269,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Anderson Hoagland & Co. increased its stake in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 20.7% in the first quarter. Anderson Hoagland & Co. now owns 17,475 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $956,000 after buying an additional 3,000 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 96.88% of the company’s stock.

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

Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The restaurant operator reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ 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 negative return on equity of 141.72% and a net margin of 25.48%. The firm’s revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.57 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. will post $2.43 EPS for the current year.

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

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DNKN has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Royal Bank Of Canada raised Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $54.00 to $64.00 in a report on Monday, May 1st. Maxim Group increased their price objective on Dunkin’ Brands Group from $61.00 to $64.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 1st. Wedbush reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price objective on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a report on Friday, May 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 5th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on Dunkin’ Brands Group from $46.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, May 5th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Dunkin’ Brands Group currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $56.47.

In related news, SVP Karen Raskopf sold 33,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 2nd. The stock was 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 directly owns 33,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,742,400. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. 3.10% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About Dunkin’ Brands Group

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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