Virtu Financial LLC grew its holdings in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) by 141.0% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 13,799 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after acquiring an additional 8,073 shares during the period. Virtu Financial LLC’s holdings in Yum! Brands were worth $1,377,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the company. Athena Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Yum! Brands in the 4th quarter valued at $25,000. Bogart Wealth LLC raised its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 70.0% in the 1st quarter. Bogart Wealth LLC now owns 340 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $33,000 after acquiring an additional 140 shares during the period. Sontag Advisory LLC purchased a new position in shares of Yum! Brands in the 4th quarter valued at $41,000. JNBA Financial Advisors raised its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 54.0% in the 4th quarter. JNBA Financial Advisors now owns 462 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $42,000 after acquiring an additional 162 shares during the period. Finally, Reilly Financial Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Yum! Brands by 71.4% in the 4th quarter. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC now owns 480 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $44,000 after acquiring an additional 200 shares during the period. 74.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other Yum! Brands news, CEO Anthony Lowings sold 2,889 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.93, for a total transaction of $259,807.77. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 36,497 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,282,175.21. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Greg Creed sold 13,986 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.41, for a total transaction of $1,320,418.26. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 207,912 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $19,628,971.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 106,684 shares of company stock valued at $10,065,092. 0.63% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Yum! Brands stock opened at $101.40 on Monday. Yum! Brands, Inc. has a 12-month low of $77.09 and a 12-month high of $101.60. The firm has a market cap of $30.83 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.99, a PEG ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 0.55.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The restaurant operator reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.97 by ($0.57). The company had revenue of $1.56 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.57 billion. Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 14.19% and a net margin of 27.11%. Yum! Brands’s revenue was down 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.96 earnings per share. As a group, analysts expect that Yum! Brands, Inc. will post 3.81 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

YUM has been the topic of a number of research reports. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and cut their target price for the company from $83.00 to $76.00 in a research note on Friday, January 11th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 14th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Yum! Brands from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $94.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, March 19th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price target on shares of Yum! Brands to $100.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, February 8th. Finally, Mizuho downgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $84.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, March 20th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $95.21.

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About Yum! Brands

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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