Yum China (YUMC) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows

Press coverage about Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Yum China earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.5363558890002 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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A number of analysts recently issued reports on YUMC shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Yum China from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Macquarie started coverage on shares of Yum China in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $55.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Morgan Stanley decreased their price objective on shares of Yum China from $49.00 to $48.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, March 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Yum China currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $44.51.

Shares of Yum China stock traded up $0.10 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $40.10. 2,892,090 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,240,016. 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 has a market capitalization of $15,468.45, a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.70, a PEG ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 1.26. Yum China has a 12-month low of $26.07 and a 12-month high of $48.75.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The company reported $0.19 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $2.23 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.15 billion. Yum China had a net margin of 5.64% and a return on equity of 20.59%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.17 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Yum China will post 1.59 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a Not Available dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th were given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a yield of 0.00248200546041201%. Yum China’s dividend payout ratio is presently 19.80%.

In other news, insider Danny Tan sold 3,610 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.50, for a total value of $160,645.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Jonathan S. Linen acquired 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 9th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $39.76 per share, with a total value of $159,040.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 41,236 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,639,543.36. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.23% of the stock is 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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