Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Yum China (YUMC) Stock Price

News stories about Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Yum China earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 47.4132878621486 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Yum China (NYSE YUMC) traded up $0.15 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $40.44. 1,840,518 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,557,171. Yum China has a one year low of $25.53 and a one year high of $48.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a current ratio of 1.69 and a quick ratio of 1.42. The stock has a market capitalization of $15,500.38, a PE ratio of 40.04, a P/E/G ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.67.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The company reported $0.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.02. Yum China had a net margin of 5.64% and a return on equity of 21.06%. The company had revenue of $2.23 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.15 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.17 earnings per share. Yum China’s quarterly revenue was up 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that Yum China will post 1.6 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a Not Available dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 0.00248200546041201%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. Yum China’s dividend payout ratio is currently 9.90%.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on YUMC shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Yum China from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Macquarie started coverage on shares of Yum China in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $55.00 price objective on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Yum China presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $44.28.

In related news, Director Jonathan S. Linen purchased 4,000 shares of Yum China stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 9th. The shares were bought at an average price of $39.76 per share, for a total transaction 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 $1,639,543.36. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Riu Sun sold 10,054 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.15, for a total transaction of $403,668.10. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 17,622 shares in the company, valued at approximately $707,523.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.23% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Yum China

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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