Its time to give a fresh look to Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) and Yum China Holdings Inc. (YUMC)

You should consider shares of Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) and Yum China Holdings Inc. (NYSE:YUMC) if you are looking for a great stocks to invest in. Starting with the EMR shares, which traded at $72.61 at the close of the recent session, dropping -1.02%. On Tuesday, the company’s shares shed -$0.75 from its value which represented in intraday trading. The stock is now 7.54% higher in year-to-date (YTD) trading. EMR’s intraday high was $72.86 while its lowest price touched $71.90. The stock’s 52-week high price is $75.54, which means the current price is at -3.88%. In terms of trading activity, the daily trading volume fell to 2119760 against 200-day average trading volume of 3,009,711 shares.

What are analyst forecasts for Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR)?

At a consensus rating of 3.80, EMR is trending as a streaking Moderate Buy, as it has been the case a month ago when 15 analysts called it a Moderate Buy. Two months ago, 15 analysts recommended, on average, that EMR stock is a Moderate Buy. The Industrial Goods company’s shares’ overall bearish trend saw it close higher on Tuesday compared to its opening price of $72.67 on the day.

Forecasts for Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) give the stock a fair value for the growth of 8.09% from its last price. The 12-month price forecast for the stock by analysts puts the stock’s mean price target at $79.00, which means the price per share could rise by nearly $6.39. The price range target is between a low of $64.00 and a high of $83.00. The stock would need to gain by about $12.52 to hit the estimated high or 0.76% from its 12-month low.

The consensus among 24 analysts is that it is a good time for one to Overweight in the Emerson Electric Co. 11 analysts rate EMR as a Buy, with 1 of 24 analysts rate it as a Sell. 0 have valued the stock as Overweight and 12 have recommended that investors Hold.

Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) Upgrades and Downgrades

In terms of rating changes, HSBC Securities on November 14, 2019, Downgrade Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) at Reduce. They believe the stock could reach $64 in the near term. Analysts at Cowen have assigned a Market Perform rating for the stock in their research note on November 06, 2019 with an estimated price target of $72. Moreover, RBC Capital Mkts analysts issued a rating of Outperform for the stock on September 30, 2019, giving it a price target of $77 for the next 12 months. On August 13, 2019, the stock earned a Hold rating due to an analyst call from Argus, while analysts from Citigroup on April 08, 2019 suggested that the stock is Buy.

Yum China Holdings Inc. (NYSE:YUMC) adds -$0.35 on Tuesday

The YUMC stock has risen 31.49% year-to-date and is currently trading at $44.09, which is -8.83% below its 52-week high. The company shares lost -0.79% on the day and have risen nearly 40.64% off a low hit. At current levels, Yum China Holdings Inc. has a valuation of about $8.66B. As of 12/03/19, this stock has risen 1.24% during the week and closed at $44.44 in the previous session. However, recent Yum China Holdings Inc. stock performance shows that YUMC shares are 6.39% up over the last month, and -0.52% down for the last three months.

Earnings per share (EPS) estimates for the current quarter are $0.08, with the trailing 12-month share earnings at $1.73. The ratio is expected to be up by 16.30% for the current year 2019 and 8.40% for next year. Over the next 5-year period, earnings per share will be 10.00%. But will the YUMC stock surprise in the current quarter results, where the $0.58 actual EPS reported on 9/29/2019 surprised by 5.50% or was higher by $0.03 from the estimated $0.55.

Sales Growth to climb 6.30% for the year

How well will Yum China Holdings Inc. perform as a business over the current quarter, year and next 5-year period? Compared to the year-ago quarter, analysts forecast the company to bring in between $2.01B and $2.04B in current quarter sales. The consensus estimated for the current quarter is $2.02B from sales. Forecasts for this fiscal year are between $8.72B and $8.89B and the consensus estimate for sales is at $8.76B. YUMC has its next quarter sales estimates at between $2.4B and $2.44B, with the quarter-over-quarter growth estimates at 4.90% and the annual growth forecast for the year at 6.30%.

Who owns shares in Yum China Holdings Inc. (YUMC)?

Let’s briefly focus on the share ownership of the Yum China Holdings Inc. (NYSE:YUMC) stock, where we find that 79.36% of shares are held by institutions. Invesco Ltd. tops the list of institutional owners as it is holding 36.6 million shares or 9.74% of shares outstanding. Primavera Capital Management Ltd and Blackrock Inc. held 31.31 million and 31.06 million representing 8.33% and 8.26% respectively at the close of the last trading session. As of Sep 29, 2019, Loomis Sayles & Company, LP accounted for 14.84 million shares at over 674.26 million. This represented 3.95% of shares outstanding. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. held 13.71 million shares at over 622.81 million representing 3.65% of shares outstanding.

YUMC Insider Activity

Insider activity can also give a signal in terms of price direction. Looking at Yum China Holdings Inc. (YUMC), a total of 103742 shares have been sold by insiders over the last 6 months while 261795 shares were added in the same time span. On 11/11/2019, Director by the name Pant Muktesh bought 28414.0 shares worth $1.2 million at the price of $43.63 per share. Filings also show that Ng Shella sold a total of 23507.0 shares on 2/07/2019 valued at $980200.0. Since the last insider activity, the company’s share price has climbed 5.83%.