NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of YUM! Brands Inc. (YUM) are falling by 3.67% to $72.46 at the start of trading on Wednesday morning, as the stock continues to slump following yesterday's announcement the KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut owner, operator, and franchiser has lowered its earnings growth expectations.
The company is expecting mid-single digit full year 2014 earnings growth, versus the 20% growth the company forecast in July, Bloomberg reports.
The fast food company is still recuperating from a 2012 supply chain investigation in China, and was hit by another food scare scandal in the country this past July. The vendor OSI Group LLC was investigated by the government for allegedly changing the expiration dates on meat, Bloomberg added.
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For 2015 YUM! is expecting at least a 10% earnings per share growth, while analysts have forecast a 17% increase in EPS for the year.
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 compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."