Yum! Poised to Increase and 4 Stock Analyses Attracting Attention

Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) made the prediction that its China comps would see a decline during Q4, and RW Baird believes that these issues causing the decline are not permanent. However, the firm continues to be convinced that the company’s earnings are in the position to rise significantly during the near-term, and it keeps its Outperform rating on the stock.

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE:OZM): Goldman recommends buying Buy rated Och-Ziff before the November AuM report next week. The firm predicts that the company will show positive performance, and it views that company as having a growing opportunity in credit and long/short equity investing in the U.S. and Europe.

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Zynga, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZNGA): According to Needham, the changes in Zynga’s agreement with Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) should enable  the company to be more successful in pursuing its multi-platform goals. The firm has added that while the amended agreement allows Facebook to develop its own games, it does not believe it will happen. Also, Needham has stated that it sees more positives than negatives from the new agreement for Zynga, and it reiterates its Buy rating on the stock.

Health Management Associates Inc. (NYSE:HMA) is hosting a conference call today at 9 am to discuss a pending “60 Minute” segment that is scheduled to air this Sunday. Management is under the impression that the story wrongly portrays the company negatively and intends to provide further information on the call. Susquehanna thinks that the story will focus on emergency room practices at its Carlisle Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Shares have a Neutral rating.

Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC): After the firm met with Sonic’s management, Sterne Agee has gained confidence in regards to the sustainability of the company’s sales rebound, considering various initiatives outlined by the company. The firm keeps its Buy rating and a $12 price target on the stock.

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