Media headlines about Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Yum! Brands earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the restaurant operator an impact score of 46.4912061137458 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Yum! Brands stock opened at $88.40 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $27.90 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.86, a P/E/G ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.86. The company has a current ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 1.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.33. Yum! Brands has a twelve month low of $72.61 and a twelve month high of $88.66.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $1.37 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.36 billion. Yum! Brands had a net margin of 27.95% and a negative return on equity of 17.36%. The business’s revenue was down 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.68 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Yum! Brands will post 3.48 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 7th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 20th were issued a $0.36 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, August 17th. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.63%. Yum! Brands’s dividend payout ratio is currently 48.65%.

Yum! Brands declared that its board has authorized a stock buyback plan on Friday, August 10th that authorizes the company to repurchase $2.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the restaurant operator to repurchase up to 7.6% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on YUM shares. Citigroup raised their target price on shares of Yum! Brands from $80.00 to $87.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 19th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday. UBS Group set a $91.00 target price on shares of Yum! Brands and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 30th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $88.00 target price on shares of Yum! Brands in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. Finally, BTIG Research upgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 27th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Eleven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $86.29.

Yum! Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. It operates in three segments: the KFC Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Taco Bell Division. The company operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, and Mexican-style food categories.

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