US Bancorp DE increased its stake in Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) by 20.0% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 9,253 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,541 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in Dunkin Brands Group were worth $639,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA boosted its stake in Dunkin Brands Group by 0.4% in the 1st quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 186,764 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $11,148,000 after purchasing an additional 790 shares during the period. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of Dunkin Brands Group by 3.7% during the 2nd quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 22,400 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $1,547,000 after buying an additional 800 shares during the last quarter. LPL Financial LLC boosted its stake in shares of Dunkin Brands Group by 9.4% during the 1st quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 10,815 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $646,000 after buying an additional 932 shares during the last quarter. Boston Private Wealth LLC boosted its stake in shares of Dunkin Brands Group by 29.6% during the 1st quarter. Boston Private Wealth LLC now owns 4,160 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $248,000 after buying an additional 950 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Aperio Group LLC boosted its stake in shares of Dunkin Brands Group by 3.9% during the 1st quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 26,377 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $1,574,000 after buying an additional 990 shares during the last quarter. 99.27% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on DNKN shares. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Dunkin Brands Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 31st. Longbow Research upgraded shares of Dunkin Brands Group from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $35.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, July 9th. Citigroup increased their price objective on shares of Dunkin Brands Group from $80.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, August 13th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 price objective on shares of Dunkin Brands Group in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Finally, Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of Dunkin Brands Group from $70.00 to $73.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $67.45.

Shares of NASDAQ:DNKN opened at $76.20 on Thursday. Dunkin Brands Group Inc has a 52-week low of $51.29 and a 52-week high of $77.13. The stock has a market capitalization of $6.35 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.72, a PEG ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 0.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -3.72, a current ratio of 1.53 and a quick ratio of 1.53.

Dunkin Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The restaurant operator reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $350.64 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $343.38 million. Dunkin Brands Group had a net margin of 32.48% and a negative return on equity of 50.62%. Dunkin Brands Group’s revenue was up 4.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.64 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Dunkin Brands Group Inc will post 2.72 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 5th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 27th were issued a $0.3475 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, August 24th. This represents a $1.39 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.82%. Dunkin Brands Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 57.20%.

In other Dunkin Brands Group news, SVP Jason Maceda sold 7,103 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.89, for a total value of $510,634.67. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 3,771 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $271,097.19. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Katherine D. Jaspon sold 8,300 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.92, for a total transaction of $588,636.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 10,715 shares in the company, valued at $759,907.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 739,693 shares of company stock worth $51,896,387. Insiders own 3.00% of the company’s stock.

About Dunkin Brands Group

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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