Rothschild Investment Corp IL bought a new position in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm bought 2,073 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock, valued at approximately $207,000.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of YUM. Legacy Financial Advisors Inc. grew its position in Yum! Brands by 5.7% in the fourth quarter. Legacy Financial Advisors Inc. now owns 2,174 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $200,000 after purchasing an additional 117 shares in the last quarter. Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co. grew its position in Yum! Brands by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co. now owns 20,202 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $1,857,000 after purchasing an additional 120 shares in the last quarter. Kaizen Advisory LLC grew its position in Yum! Brands by 16.0% in the fourth quarter. Kaizen Advisory LLC now owns 898 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $83,000 after purchasing an additional 124 shares in the last quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. grew its position in Yum! Brands by 2.6% in the first quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. now owns 5,166 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $516,000 after purchasing an additional 133 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bogart Wealth LLC grew its position in Yum! Brands by 70.0% in the first quarter. Bogart Wealth LLC now owns 340 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $33,000 after purchasing an additional 140 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 75.01% of the company’s stock.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on YUM. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Yum! Brands from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $94.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, March 19th. Citigroup decreased their target price on shares of Yum! Brands from $104.00 to $103.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 4th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 4th. Mizuho downgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $84.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, March 20th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on shares of Yum! Brands to $100.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, February 8th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $95.21.

Shares of YUM opened at $103.32 on Friday. Yum! Brands, Inc. has a one year low of $77.09 and a one year high of $103.43. The stock has a market capitalization of $31.61 billion, a PE ratio of 32.59, a PEG ratio of 2.09 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 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.97 by ($0.57). Yum! Brands had a net margin of 27.11% and a negative return on equity of 14.19%. The firm had revenue of $1.56 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.57 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.96 EPS. The business’s revenue was down 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, sell-side analysts expect that Yum! Brands, Inc. will post 3.81 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, CEO Greg Creed sold 13,986 shares of Yum! Brands stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $94.41, for a total transaction of $1,320,418.26. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 207,912 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $19,628,971.92. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CFO David W. Gibbs sold 1,537 shares of Yum! Brands stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $101.49, for a total transaction of $155,990.13. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 43,516 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,416,438.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 98,922 shares of company stock valued at $9,384,824. Insiders own 0.63% of the company’s stock.

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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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM)

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