Yum! Brands INC (YUM) Share Price Rose While Quantbot Technologies LP Has Lowered Stake

April 21, 2018 - By Adrian Mccoy

YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) LogoInvestors sentiment decreased to 0.98 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.01, from 0.99 in 2017Q3. It dropped, as 48 investors sold YUM shares while 251 reduced holdings. 88 funds opened positions while 205 raised stakes. 235.88 million shares or 1.51% less from 239.50 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Robeco Institutional Asset Mngmt Bv holds 273,463 shares. Zwj Invest Counsel reported 85,359 shares. Asset Advsrs reported 0.02% in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). First Commonwealth Financial Pa invested 0.38% in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Fenimore Asset Mgmt holds 0.76% or 245,600 shares in its portfolio. Bnp Paribas Asset invested 0.04% in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). 19,773 are owned by Stock Yards Bankshares &. North Star Invest accumulated 0.14% or 14,128 shares. First Allied Advisory reported 0.02% of its portfolio in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Stewart West Indies Trading Limited holds 6.3% in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) or 915,000 shares. Dimensional Fund Advsr LP invested 0.03% in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Pitcairn Com has 0.11% invested in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). Moreover, Cibc Asset Management Inc has 0.02% invested in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) for 39,866 shares. Essex Fincl Services has 0.11% invested in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) for 5,413 shares. Vanguard has invested 0.08% in YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM).

Since January 22, 2018, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $194,761 activity.

Quantbot Technologies Lp decreased its stake in Yum! Brands Inc (YUM) by 46.93% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Quantbot Technologies Lp sold 42,238 shares as the company’s stock rose 1.80% while stock markets declined. The hedge fund held 47,771 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $3.90 million, down from 90,009 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Quantbot Technologies Lp who had been investing in Yum! Brands Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $28.34B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.17% or $0.15 during the last trading session, reaching $86.29. About 1.73M shares traded. YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) has risen 32.07% since April 21, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 20.52% the S&P500.

Quantbot Technologies Lp, which manages about $581.51M and $1.08 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Bank Of New York Mellon Corp (NYSE:BK) by 73,167 shares to 80,555 shares, valued at $4.34 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Netapp Inc (NASDAQ:NTAP) by 128,121 shares in the quarter, for a total of 131,132 shares, and has risen its stake in Dowdupont Inc.

Analysts await YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) to report earnings on May, 2. They expect $0.68 earnings per share, up 4.62 % or $0.03 from last year’s $0.65 per share. YUM’s profit will be $223.31 million for 31.72 P/E if the $0.68 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.96 actual earnings per share reported by YUM! Brands, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -29.17 % negative EPS growth.

YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) Ratings Coverage

Among 15 analysts covering Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM), 5 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 33% are positive. Yum! Brands has $94 highest and $74.0 lowest target. $86.77’s average target is 0.56% above currents $86.29 stock price. Yum! Brands had 23 analyst reports since November 1, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, February 2 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock has “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Friday, November 3. Wells Fargo maintained it with “Market Perform” rating and $82 target in Friday, February 9 report. Morgan Stanley maintained it with “Equal-Weight” rating and $92 target in Monday, March 26 report. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Robert W. Baird given on Friday, November 3. The company was maintained on Thursday, November 2 by RBC Capital Markets. Nomura maintained it with “Buy” rating and $89 target in Friday, November 3 report. UBS maintained it with “Buy” rating and $89.0 target in Friday, November 3 report. Nomura downgraded YUM! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) rating on Tuesday, January 30. Nomura has “Hold” rating and $89.0 target. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Friday, February 9 with “Buy”.

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