With shares down more than 12% this year, McDonald's (MCD - Get Report) isn't getting much love from investors right now -- but it should be. McDonald's is the standard bearer in the fast food business, with almost 34,000 locations in 119 countries. The firm has made some huge strides in improving its image, adding healthier choices and high-growth offerings like angus burgers and premium coffees to its menu. Those changes helped make McDonald's one of the few names that actually grew its business during the Great Recession.
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