Why Yum Brands (YUM) Stock Is Climbing In After-Market Trading

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Yum Brands (YUM) shares are up 2.7% to $77.48 in after-market trading today.

The increase follows the release of the company's 2014 first quarter earnings report which showed a year over year quarterly EPS growth of 24% to 87 cents per share, from 70 cents per share in 2013.

The EPS result beat analysts consensus estimates by 2 cents.

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The company posted revenues of $2.7 billion, a 7% year over year quarterly increase over the $2.5 billion it posted last year.

TheStreet Ratings team rates YUM BRANDS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate YUM BRANDS INC (YUM) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

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