Van Hulzen Asset Management LLC Trims Position in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM)

Van Hulzen Asset Management LLC decreased its holdings in shares of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUMGet Rating) by 1.5% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 7,500 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after selling 113 shares during the quarter. Van Hulzen Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Yum! Brands were worth $1,041,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the company. CVA Family Office LLC purchased a new position in shares of Yum! Brands during the fourth quarter worth about $27,000. Nvwm LLC purchased a new position in shares of Yum! Brands during the third quarter worth about $29,000. Dixon Hughes Goodman Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Yum! Brands during the fourth quarter worth about $34,000. Amplius Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Yum! Brands during the fourth quarter worth about $43,000. Finally, Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Yum! Brands by 47.2% during the third quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 312 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock worth $38,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. 80.39% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Several research analysts have recently commented on YUM shares. StockNews.com initiated coverage on Yum! Brands in a report on Thursday, March 31st. They set a “hold” rating for the company. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on Yum! Brands from $150.00 to $146.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Citigroup initiated coverage on Yum! Brands in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $156.00 target price for the company. Cowen raised Yum! Brands from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $134.00 to $143.00 in a research note on Thursday, February 17th. Finally, Bank of America initiated coverage on Yum! Brands in a research note on Tuesday, January 11th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. According to MarketBeat.com, the stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $138.94.

Shares of Yum! Brands stock traded up $1.12 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $124.29. 18,353 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,072,632. The company has a market cap of $35.82 billion, a PE ratio of 23.60, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.17 and a beta of 1.10. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $120.29 and a 200-day moving average of $125.21. Yum! Brands, Inc. has a 12 month low of $111.63 and a 12 month high of $139.85.

Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUMGet Rating) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 9th. The restaurant operator reported $1.02 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.08 by ($0.06). The firm had revenue of $1.89 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.87 billion. Yum! Brands had a negative return on equity of 16.83% and a net margin of 23.92%. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.15 EPS. Research analysts anticipate that Yum! Brands, Inc. will post 4.79 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 11th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 18th were paid a $0.57 dividend. This represents a $2.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.83%. Yum! Brands’s dividend payout ratio is currently 43.68%.

Yum! Brands Company Profile (Get Rating)

YUM! Brands, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises quick service restaurants worldwide. It operates through four segments: the KFC Division, the Taco Bell Division, the Pizza Hut Division, and the Habit Burger Grill Division. The company operates restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Habit Burger Grill brands, which specialize in chicken, pizza, made-to-order chargrilled burgers, sandwiches, Mexican-style food categories, and other food products.

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