News coverage about Restaurant Brands International (NYSE:QSR) (TSE:QSR) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Restaurant Brands International earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the restaurant operator an impact score of 45.7221923688521 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Oppenheimer lifted their price target on shares of Restaurant Brands International from $70.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their price target on shares of Restaurant Brands International from $69.00 to $77.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Restaurant Brands International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. OTR Global upgraded shares of Restaurant Brands International to a “positive” rating in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Finally, UBS set a $74.00 price target on shares of Restaurant Brands International and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $70.18.

Shares of Restaurant Brands International (NYSE:QSR) traded down $0.42 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $61.12. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,203,461 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,109,734. The company has a market capitalization of $14,620.00 and a PE ratio of 32.28. Restaurant Brands International has a 12 month low of $46.88 and a 12 month high of $68.89. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.70, a quick ratio of 3.38 and a current ratio of 3.45.

Restaurant Brands International (NYSE:QSR) (TSE:QSR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The restaurant operator reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $1.21 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.21 billion. Restaurant Brands International had a return on equity of 23.53% and a net margin of 12.40%. The business’s revenue was up 12.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.43 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that Restaurant Brands International will post 1.99 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 3rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.21 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. This is a boost from Restaurant Brands International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.37%. Restaurant Brands International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 55.56%.

In related news, CEO Daniel S. Schwartz sold 708,582 shares of Restaurant Brands International stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.49, for a total value of $45,696,453.18. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 886,272 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $57,155,681.28. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, major shareholder Restaurant Brands Holdings 3G sold 4,050,594 shares of Restaurant Brands International stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.70, for a total value of $262,073,431.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 5,249,909 shares of company stock valued at $339,590,312. Company insiders own 3.05% of the company’s stock.

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About Restaurant Brands International

Restaurant Brands International Inc is a quick service restaurant (QSR) company. The Company had over 20,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and the United States territories, as of December 31, 2016. It operates through two segments: Tim Hortons (TH) and Burger King (BK). Tim Hortons restaurants are quick service restaurants with a menu that includes blend coffee, tea, espresso-based hot and cold specialty drinks, baked goods, including donuts, Timbits, bagels, muffins, cookies and pastries, grilled paninis, classic sandwiches, wraps and soups, among others.

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