Will This Price Target Increase Help Yum! Brands (YUM) Stock Today?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Yum! Brands Inc.'s (YUM) price target was raised to $85 from $75 by analysts at Citi Research (C) on Tuesday.

The firm said it boosted its numbers on the quick service restaurant company based on the company's accelerating same store sales and its guidance for a possible 20% earnings per share expansion.

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

"We rate YUM BRANDS INC (YUM) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

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