Yum China (YUMC) Receiving Somewhat Negative Media Coverage, Report Finds

News stories about Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) have trended somewhat negative this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Yum China earned a news impact score of -0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 47.1205255879562 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) traded down $0.77 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $39.96. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,643,443 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,773,792. The company has a current ratio of 1.69, a quick ratio of 1.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01. Yum China has a fifty-two week low of $25.53 and a fifty-two week high of $43.55. The company has a market cap of $15,580.00 and a PE ratio of 29.32.

Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 5th. The company reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.56 by ($0.04). Yum China had a net margin of 8.43% and a return on equity of 21.35%. The company had revenue of $2.04 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.98 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.52 earnings per share. Yum China’s revenue was up 8.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Yum China will post 1.44 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a special dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 21st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 29th. Yum China’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 6.62%.

Several research firms recently issued reports on YUMC. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Yum China from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Citigroup began coverage on shares of Yum China in a research report on Monday, September 18th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $51.00 price target for the company. Oppenheimer reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $43.00 price target on shares of Yum China in a research report on Friday, September 29th. CIBC reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $45.00 price target (up previously from $43.00) on shares of Yum China in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Finally, Deutsche Bank raised shares of Yum China from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.30 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $43.38.

In other news, insider Danny Tan sold 2,124 shares of Yum China stock in a transaction on Monday, October 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.84, for a total transaction of $88,868.16. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Angela Ai sold 17,678 shares of Yum China stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.05, for a total value of $761,037.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.23% of the stock is currently 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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