Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) Director Geoffrey L. Donaker sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.74, for a total value of $89,480.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 8,055 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $360,380.70. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Shares of YELP traded up $0.11 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $46.05. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,449,014 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,369,927. Yelp Inc has a one year low of $36.42 and a one year high of $51.33. The firm has a market cap of $3.83 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 657.86, a PEG ratio of 8.30 and a beta of 1.32.

Yelp (NYSE:YELP) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 8th. The local business review company reported $0.12 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.02) by $0.14. Yelp had a return on equity of 0.74% and a net margin of 17.64%. The company had revenue of $234.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $232.26 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.25 EPS. Yelp’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that Yelp Inc will post 0.28 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Aperio Group LLC lifted its holdings in Yelp by 12.9% during the 1st quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 11,052 shares of the local business review company’s stock worth $461,000 after buying an additional 1,259 shares during the period. Trexquant Investment LP raised its position in shares of Yelp by 3.7% in the 2nd quarter. Trexquant Investment LP now owns 39,659 shares of the local business review company’s stock worth $1,554,000 after acquiring an additional 1,414 shares in the last quarter. Amalgamated Bank raised its position in shares of Yelp by 16.0% in the 2nd quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 12,383 shares of the local business review company’s stock worth $485,000 after acquiring an additional 1,708 shares in the last quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA raised its position in shares of Yelp by 2.0% in the 2nd quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 87,520 shares of the local business review company’s stock worth $3,429,000 after acquiring an additional 1,758 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY raised its position in shares of Yelp by 7.2% in the 2nd quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 26,363 shares of the local business review company’s stock worth $1,033,000 after acquiring an additional 1,760 shares in the last quarter. 92.29% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Wedbush reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of Yelp in a research report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research raised Yelp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday, September 6th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Yelp in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price objective on Yelp to $57.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. Finally, Barclays increased their target price on Yelp from $47.00 to $48.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 9th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the stock. Yelp currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $48.63.

Yelp Company Profile

Yelp Inc operates a platform that connects people with local businesses in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company's platform covers various local business categories, including restaurants, shopping, beauty and fitness, arts, entertainment and events, home and local services, health, nightlife, travel and hotel, auto, and others.

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