Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the twenty-two research firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have issued a hold recommendation and ten have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $63.83.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Dunkin’ Brands from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. Bank of America dropped their target price on shares of Dunkin’ Brands from $68.00 to $65.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, February 7th. Maxim Group increased their target price on shares of Dunkin’ Brands from $64.00 to $71.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Wells Fargo dropped their target price on shares of Dunkin’ Brands from $56.00 to $54.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Dunkin’ Brands from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 16th.

Shares of DNKN stock traded down $0.18 on Thursday, reaching $61.22. The company had a trading volume of 1,049,463 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,130,060. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,038.67, a P/E ratio of 25.19, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.80 and a beta of 0.30. The company has a current ratio of 2.79, a quick ratio of 2.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 361.71. Dunkin’ Brands has a one year low of $50.89 and a one year high of $68.45.

Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th. The restaurant operator reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $227.10 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $220.54 million. Dunkin’ Brands had a net margin of 40.77% and a negative return on equity of 190.44%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.64 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that Dunkin’ Brands will post 2.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Dunkin’ Brands news, CEO Nigel Travis sold 205,665 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.02, for a total transaction of $12,755,343.30. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 419,333 shares in the company, valued at approximately $26,007,032.66. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider William M. Mitchell sold 46,180 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.30, for a total transaction of $2,830,834.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 33,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,022,900. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 455,581 shares of company stock valued at $28,320,199. Company insiders own 3.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands by 0.7% during the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,322,621 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $472,088,000 after buying an additional 51,795 shares during the period. Jackson Square Partners LLC grew its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands by 2.7% during the 4th quarter. Jackson Square Partners LLC now owns 1,818,261 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $117,223,000 after buying an additional 47,703 shares during the period. First Manhattan Co. grew its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands by 9.4% during the 4th quarter. First Manhattan Co. now owns 1,601,113 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $103,223,000 after buying an additional 137,051 shares during the period. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. grew its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands by 9.4% during the 4th quarter. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. now owns 887,675 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $57,229,000 after buying an additional 75,975 shares during the period. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC grew its position in shares of Dunkin’ Brands by 0.3% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 771,782 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $49,756,000 after buying an additional 2,573 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.08% of the company’s stock.

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About Dunkin’ Brands

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, franchises, and licenses quick service restaurants worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Dunkin' Donuts U.S., Dunkin' Donuts International, Baskin-Robbins International, and Baskin-Robbins U.S. Its restaurants offer hot and cold coffee, baked goods, donuts, bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, hard and soft serve ice creams, frozen yogurts, shakes, malts, floats, and cakes.

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