Yum’s stock saw the bigger windfall of the two, gaining 2.6% Tuesday after reporting late Monday. Yum’s adjusted fourth-quarter earnings of 75 cents per share were up 33% from the year-ago period and just edged analyst estimates. Full-year adjusted EPS of $2.74 were up 15% from 2010. The company was heavily powered by a same-store sales increase of 21% in China, with the same metric up just 1% in the U.S.
Coca-Cola stock was nudged ahead a more modest 0.76% after a strong earnings report Tuesday morning. The company’s fourth-quarter EPS of 79 cents were up 9.7%, and full-year EPS of $3.84 were up 10% — each beat expectations by 2 cents. Coca-Cola announced 5% growth in the Pacific, including 10% growth in China.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) reported a hit to earnings but its shares gained 2.4% on an improved profit forecast for fiscal 2012. The company’s quarterly earnings dropped 13.5% to $1.05 billion, thanks partially to production disruptions caused by heavy Thailand flooding in 2011. However, carmaker boosted its profit forecast from $2.3 billion to $2.6 billion.
BP (NYSE:BP) was down about 0.6% after beating earnings expectations Tuesday. The company’s overall profit of $4.99 billion was up 14% and beat analyst estimates of $4.88 billion.
- Standard Pacific (NYSE:SPF): Up 15.3% (62 cents) to $4.67.
- Coinstar (NASDAQ:CSTR): Up 13.8% ($6.97) to $57.53. (Read more about Coinstar here.)
- Renren (NYSE:RENN): Up 6.3% (31 cents) to $5.23.
- Silicon Motion Technology (NASDAQ:SIMO): Down 11.8% ($2.54) to $18.96.
- Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR): Down 5.2% ($1.23) to $22.31.
- Green Mountain Coffee (NASDAQ:GMCR): Down 4% ($2.74) to $66.27.
Kyle Woodley is the assistant editor of InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out recaps from previous trading days here.