Yum! Brands (YUM) Receiving Positive Media Coverage, Accern Reports

Media headlines about Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) have trended positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Yum! Brands earned a news impact score of 0.31 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 47.4480728830925 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Yum! Brands (NYSE YUM) traded up $0.01 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $83.10. 1,015,220 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,600,425. Yum! Brands has a fifty-two week low of $62.36 and a fifty-two week high of $84.34. The firm has a market capitalization of $28,000.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 48.60, a PEG ratio of 2.00 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a current ratio of 1.42, a quick ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.55.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.68 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.01. Yum! Brands had a net margin of 18.51% and a negative return on equity of 17.19%. The business had revenue of $1.44 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.39 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.09 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 5.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Yum! Brands will post 2.81 earnings per share for the current year.

Yum! Brands announced that its board has approved a stock repurchase plan on Friday, November 17th that allows the company to buyback $1.50 billion in shares. This buyback authorization allows the restaurant operator to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are typically an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on YUM. Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $84.00 price objective (up from $79.00) on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Tuesday. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $78.00 price objective on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $91.00 price objective on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Yum! Brands from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price objective for the company in a report on Saturday, January 13th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price objective on shares of Yum! Brands in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Eleven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $81.59.

In related news, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 3,588 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.90, for a total value of $286,681.20. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 15,075 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,204,492.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Brian R. Niccol sold 1,104 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.37, for a total transaction of $90,936.48. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 5,509 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $453,776.33. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 9,937 shares of company stock valued at $802,843. Company insiders own 7.38% of the company’s stock.

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Yum! Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc is engaged in restaurant business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated or franchised over 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories operating under the KFC, Pizza Hut or Taco Bell (collectively the Concepts) brands. The Company operates through three segments: The KFC Division, which includes the operations of the KFC concept around the world; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes the operations of the Pizza Hut concept around the world, and The Taco Bell Division, which includes the operations of the Taco Bell concept around the world.

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