Bahl & Gaynor Inc. boosted its stake in Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) by 0.0% during the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 17,582 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock after buying an additional 5 shares during the period. Bahl & Gaynor Inc.’s holdings in Yum Brands were worth $1,596,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Hudock Capital Group LLC boosted its stake in Yum Brands by 0.3% in the third quarter. Hudock Capital Group LLC now owns 1,112 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $101,000 after buying an additional 3 shares during the period. Advisory Services Network LLC boosted its stake in Yum Brands by 9.2% in the second quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 1,292 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $107,000 after buying an additional 109 shares during the period. Tortoise Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in Yum Brands by 10.4% in the second quarter. Tortoise Investment Management LLC now owns 1,325 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 125 shares during the period. Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Yum Brands during the second quarter valued at approximately $130,000. Finally, Assetmark Inc. boosted its stake in Yum Brands by 2.3% in the third quarter. Assetmark Inc. now owns 1,487 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $135,000 after buying an additional 33 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 73.26% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM)

Shares of Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) traded down 0.24% on Wednesday, reaching $63.39. 4,875,838 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company has a market capitalization of $23.26 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.31 and a beta of 0.78. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $61.99 and its 200-day moving average price is $62.27. Yum Brands Inc. has a 12 month low of $46.43 and a 12 month high of $66.13.

Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 5th. The restaurant operator reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.10 by $0.01. Yum Brands had a net margin of 12.62% and a negative return on equity of 589.18%. The firm had revenue of $3.32 billion for the quarter. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.00 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Yum Brands Inc. will post $2.40 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 4th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, October 19th were paid a dividend of $0.51 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, October 17th. This is a positive change from Yum Brands’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.46. This represents a $2.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.22%. Yum Brands’s dividend payout ratio is currently 51.91%.

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Several analysts recently commented on YUM shares. Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded shares of Yum Brands from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $90.00 to $96.00 in a research note on Wednesday, October 19th. Vetr upgraded shares of Yum Brands from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $95.24 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, September 26th. Morgan Stanley raised their price objective on shares of Yum Brands from $86.00 to $96.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 28th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Yum Brands from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, September 19th. Finally, Barclays PLC raised their price objective on shares of Yum Brands from $88.00 to $92.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Yum Brands has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $91.72.

In other Yum Brands news, CFO David W. Gibbs sold 14,487 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.92, for a total transaction of $1,302,671.04. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 48,261 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,339,629.12. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Roger G. Eaton sold 53,518 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $91.72, for a total transaction of $4,908,670.96. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 245,736 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $22,538,905.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 7.38% of the company’s stock.

Yum Brands Company Profile

YUM! Brands, Inc (YUM) is engaged in restaurant business. The Company develops, operates, franchises and licenses an across the world system of restaurants, which prepare, package and sell a menu of food items, primarily through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (the Concepts). YUM operates through four segments: YUM China (China Division), which includes all operations in mainland China; The KFC Division, which includes all operations of the KFC concept outside of China Division; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes all operations of the Pizza Hut concept outside of China Division, and the Taco Bell Division, which includes all operations of the Taco Bell concept.

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