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Guy Adami: Yum! Still has Room to Upside

Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 5:35 PM ET

The Fast traders had Yum on the radar after the company posted higher-than-expected earnings largely due to growth in China.

Sales at established restaurants in China rose 18 percent in the second quarter, however, China restaurant margins fell 0.5 basis points to 19.7 percent on higher wage and commodity costs.

Based on strength in its international business, Yum raised its full-year earnings per share growth forecast to at least 12 percent from at least 10 percent previously.

”Those numbers out of China were astounding,” says Karen Finerman. “They’ve done an extraordinary job building their business in China. I love the name. However at 20 times earnings, I don’t love the valuation.”

Guy Adami feels differently, “valuation has been a concern for the last $15 - $20,” he says. But even at $57 it probably has room to the upside.

Yum Brands Reports Earnings
Speaking to the sluggish US performance, management says "we expect to improve on these very disappointing results by the fourth quarter," with the Fast Money team.







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