Yum China (YUMC) Receiving Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media headlines about Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Yum China earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the company an impact score of 46.5784430768525 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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Several brokerages have commented on YUMC. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Yum China from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Macquarie began coverage on shares of Yum China in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $55.00 price target for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $44.28.

Shares of Yum China (YUMC) traded up $0.25 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $41.53. 2,390,227 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,071,057. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a current ratio of 1.77 and a quick ratio of 1.48. Yum China has a 52 week low of $26.07 and a 52 week high of $48.75. The stock has a market cap of $15,923.64, a PE ratio of 41.12, a PEG ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 1.26.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The company reported $0.19 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.02. Yum China had a net margin of 5.64% and a return on equity of 20.59%. The business had revenue of $2.23 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.15 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.17 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Yum China will post 1.6 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a Not Available dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be issued a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a dividend yield of 0.00248200546041201%. Yum China’s payout ratio is 19.80%.

In other news, insider Riu Sun sold 10,054 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.15, for a total value of $403,668.10. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 17,622 shares in the company, valued at approximately $707,523.30. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Danny Tan sold 3,610 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.50, for a total transaction of $160,645.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.23% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Yum China Company Profile

Yum China Holdings, Inc is a restaurant company. The Company’s segments include KFC, Pizza Hut Casual Dining, and All Other Segments, including Pizza Hut Home Service, East Dawning, Little Sheep and Taco Bell. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had over 7,500 restaurants in China. Its restaurant base consists of various restaurant concepts.

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