Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its position in Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) by 117.3% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 6,651 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,590 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd.’s holdings in Dunkin’ Brands Group were worth $366,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. US Bancorp DE increased its stake in 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 acquiring an additional 63 shares during the last quarter. Proficio Capital Partners LLC increased its stake in 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 acquiring an additional 73 shares during the last quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its stake in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 3.9% in the first quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 7,006 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $382,000 after acquiring an additional 266 shares during the last quarter. RiverPoint Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 3.7% in the first quarter. RiverPoint Capital Management LLC now owns 10,274 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $562,000 after acquiring an additional 370 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Advantus Capital Management Inc increased its stake in Dunkin’ Brands Group by 3.3% in the first quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 11,771 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $644,000 after acquiring an additional 371 shares during the last quarter. 92.73% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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In related news, SVP Karen Raskopf sold 33,000 shares of the company’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 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 legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 3.10% of the company’s stock.

DNKN has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Cowen and Company reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $55.00 target price on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Friday, September 1st. JMP Securities increased their target price on Dunkin’ Brands Group from $59.00 to $62.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 17th. BidaskClub raised Dunkin’ Brands Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $62.00 target price (up previously from $60.00) on shares of Dunkin’ Brands Group in a research note on Tuesday, June 13th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $57.95.

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ DNKN) traded up 0.38% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $53.06. 613,733 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.79 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.27 and a beta of 0.23. Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. has a 52 week low of $46.55 and a 52 week high of $59.70. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $52.57 and its 200 day moving average price is $54.69.

Dunkin’ Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The restaurant operator reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, beating the 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 net margin of 25.48% and a negative return on equity of 141.72%. The firm’s revenue was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.57 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. will post $2.43 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 6th. Investors of record on Monday, August 28th were issued a dividend of $0.3225 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 24th. This represents a $1.29 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.43%. Dunkin’ Brands Group’s 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.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Dunkin` Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN)

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