Teachers Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE:YUMC) by 10.7% during the 4th quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 651,632 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 62,817 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Yum China were worth $26,078,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
A number of other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the business. MML Investors Services LLC grew its position in Yum China by 10.4% in the 4th quarter. MML Investors Services LLC now owns 14,121 shares of the company’s stock valued at $565,000 after acquiring an additional 1,333 shares during the last quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. grew its position in Yum China by 1.2% in the 4th quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. now owns 120,172 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,809,000 after acquiring an additional 1,423 shares during the last quarter. Bbva Compass Bancshares Inc. grew its position in Yum China by 2.5% in the 4th quarter. Bbva Compass Bancshares Inc. now owns 71,572 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,865,000 after acquiring an additional 1,767 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. grew its position in Yum China by 10.7% in the 4th quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 23,670 shares of the company’s stock valued at $947,000 after acquiring an additional 2,281 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Truewealth LLC bought a new position in Yum China in the 4th quarter valued at $129,000. 79.84% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
Shares of YUMC stock opened at $40.10 on Friday. Yum China Holdings Inc has a 1-year low of $26.07 and a 1-year high of $48.75. The firm has a market capitalization of $15,429.88, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.17, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.09 and a beta of 1.26. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a current ratio of 1.77 and a quick ratio of 1.48.
The company also recently announced a Not Available dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th were issued a $0.10 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 0.00248200546041201%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 27th. Yum China’s dividend payout ratio is 19.80%.
Several brokerages have commented on YUMC. Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on Yum China from $49.00 to $48.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research raised Yum China from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 15th. Finally, Macquarie began coverage on Yum China in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $55.00 price objective on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $44.51.
In related news, insider Danny Tan sold 3,610 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.50, for a total transaction of $160,645.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Jonathan S. Linen acquired 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 9th. The shares were bought at an average price of $39.76 per share, with a total value of $159,040.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 41,236 shares in the company, valued at $1,639,543.36. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.23% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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Yum China 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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