NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Yum! Brands (YUM) stock price target was increased to $88 from $87 at Oppenheimer before Wednesday's market open. The firm reiterated its "outperform" rating and called the Louisville, KY-based fast-food chain its "top large-cap pick."
After spinning off the China business later this year, Yum! Brands will generate most of its revenue from franchise fees, which will justify a healthy multiple for the stock, Oppenheimer analysts wrote in a note this morning.
"Some investors explain their desire to own new-YUM after the transformative split," analysts added. "Regardless of which 'piece' you see as attractive, we recommend owning shares today to take advantage of the [sum of the parts] discount into the transaction and of benefits from accelerated cash returns."
Additionally, Oppenheimer raised its earnings estimates to $3.60 from $3.54 per share for 2016 and to $4.10 from $4.03 per share for 2017 because of the company's aggressive stock buyback programs.
Yum! Brands stock closed up 0.96% to $80.57 on Tuesday.
Separately, Yum! Brands has a "buy" rating and a letter grade of B- at TheStreet Ratings because of the company's impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance.
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