4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Yum! Brands

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fast-food giant Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Yum!'s business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Yum! facts

Headquarters (Founded) Louisville, Ky. (1997)
Market Cap $28.0 billion
Industry Restaurants
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $12.1 billion
Management Chairman/CEO David Novak
CFO Richard Carucci
Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 23.3%
Cash/Debt $1.25 billion / $3.23 billion
Dividend Yield 1.9%
Competitors McDonald's

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 3,134 members who have rated Yum! believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

This past fall, one of those Fools, divinezone, tapped Yum! as a particularly tasty pick:

Truth is, fast food is a growing and popular industry; the convenience, inexpensiveness, and deliciousness of fast food is beginning to catch on globally. [Yum!'s] exposure to emerging market economies, as well as the economically uncertain times [Yum!] now operates in, both can be major catalysts for this company to continue its impressive growth.

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  • Report this Comment On January 13, 2012, at 9:58 PM, jbob75 wrote:

    I have been a very strong supporter of YUM! since my first trip to China in 2006 when I saw a line around the corner for a Pizza Hut in Shanghai. Even more impressive is the sheer volume of KFC restaurants in the country. It is clear that the Chinese are taking to fast food and YUM! has a dominant lead outpacing McDonalds stores 3 to 1. All of that being said, YUM! is at the highest P/E that I recall in watching the stock for 5+ years (on 1/13/12 ~$61+ per share). Buy this stock but wait for a better price.

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