Media headlines about Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring 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 coverage optimism score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 45.6522378227701 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- The Dunkin’ Donuts Saucony Sneakers Are Just As Sweet As You’d Expect (elitedaily.com)
- Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund, Inc. March 2018 Update (prweb.com)
- Yum! Brands (YUM) Price Target Raised to $77.00 (americanbankingnews.com)
- The lessons learned during my restaurant job were some of the most important of my career, says Yum China CEO (cnbc.com)
- Fast-Food Roundup: Taco Bell tests new items… Chick-fil-A, Starbucks are teens’ favorite (bizjournals.com)
Shares of NYSE:YUM traded down $0.33 during trading on Friday, hitting $85.42. 1,634,028 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,163,119. The firm has a market capitalization of $28,409.92, a PE ratio of 28.86, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 0.85. Yum! Brands has a one year low of $63.73 and a one year high of $86.93. The company has a current ratio of 1.66, a quick ratio of 1.65 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.49.
Several analysts recently weighed in on the company. Mizuho set a $82.00 price objective on Yum! Brands and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 4th. ValuEngine raised Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on Yum! Brands from $91.00 to $92.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Monday, March 26th. Wells Fargo lowered their price objective on Yum! Brands from $85.00 to $82.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Cowen reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $92.00 price objective on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Thirteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $83.64.
In other news, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 2,294 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.90, for a total transaction of $194,760.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 10,160 shares in the company, valued at $862,584. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 945 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.90, for a total value of $75,505.50. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 10,785 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $861,721.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 7.38% of the company’s stock.
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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