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Is Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM).

Is Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) ready to rally soon? Money managers are in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions went down by 4 lately. YUM was in 42 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 46 hedge funds in our database with YUM holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL), Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR), and Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the fresh action encompassing Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM).

How are hedge funds trading Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 42 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -9% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Keith Meister’s Corvex Capital has the number one position in Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), worth close to $1.91 billion, accounting for 35.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, which holds a $569 million position; 2.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Eric W. Mandelblatt’s Soroban Capital Partners, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and J Kevin Kenny Jr’s Emerging Sovereign Group.

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