Yum China Holdings (NYSE:YUMC) can boast of many superlatives in the Chinese eating-out market. It’s the largest restaurant chain in China. With over 8,000 locations, it has more than 2.5 times the units of its next-largest competitor, Starbucks Corporation. It claims the mantle of being the biggest restaurant delivery system in China. And it counts 160 million people in its loyalty programs — a number equivalent to half of the current U.S. population.
But for all its sheer size and influence, and despite a relatively free hand in operations since its November 2016 spinoff from Yum! Brands, Inc., Yum China Holdings is still learning to navigate the nascent Chinese casual dining market. This is easily discerned when comparing the diverging fortunes of its two major brands, KFC and Pizza Hut.
In the first quarter of 2018, Yum China’s KFC brand delivered a same-store sales increase of 5%, which new CEO Joey Wat attributed in part to product innovation. KFC rolled out a series of premium products during the quarter, including a seafood item, the “Crayfish Burger,” a spicy chicken burger, and stuffed chicken wings. During the company’s earnings conference call, Watnoted that the stuffed chicken wings are a Chinese delicacy and labor-intensive to prepare, and typically associated with high-end restaurants. According to Wat, “[KFC] made a breakthrough by offering premium products at very affordable prices.”
Best China Stocks To Watch For 2019: ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc.(CNOB)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Media headlines about Center Bancorp (NASDAQ:CNOB) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Center Bancorp earned a news impact score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.8586921520597 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
- [By Max Byerly]
ConnectOne Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CNOB) has been assigned an average rating of “Buy” from the six ratings firms that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $33.50.
Best China Stocks To Watch For 2019: State Bank Financial Corporation.(STBZ)
- [By Logan Wallace]
State Bank Financial (NASDAQ:STBZ) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.03. State Bank Financial had a return on equity of 9.26% and a net margin of 18.77%. The firm had revenue of $68.16 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $65.00 million. analysts expect that State Bank Financial will post 2.18 EPS for the current year.
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Best China Stocks To Watch For 2019: Golfsmith International Holdings Inc.(GOLF)
- [By Shane Hupp]
DA Davidson reissued their hold rating on shares of Acushnet (NYSE:GOLF) in a research note published on Monday.
A number of other research analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Morgan Stanley reiterated an overweight rating on shares of Acushnet in a report on Thursday, March 8th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Acushnet from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a buy rating and issued a $26.00 price objective on shares of Acushnet in a report on Wednesday, April 11th. Compass Point lowered shares of Acushnet from a buy rating to a neutral rating and set a $24.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Monday, March 19th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated an overweight rating on shares of Acushnet in a report on Thursday, March 8th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $23.40.
- [By Logan Wallace]
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- [By Joseph Griffin]
Acushnet (NYSE:GOLF) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a buy rating to a hold rating.
Hudbay Minerals (NYSE:HBM) (TSE:HBM) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a hold rating to a sell rating.