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Then near the end of that summer, investors panicked, gold skyrocketed along with volatility and all hell broke loose. It was the herd mentality at its finest. But amid the chaos, the Golden Arches were not only holding up, but the stock was killing it, running all the way to $100 a share.
Traders and investors had apparently come to the collective agreement (read: herd mentality), that no matter what happened going forward, McDonald's would always be there -- and obviously, many other companies they irrationally left for dead would be too.But that's not all. After a few months into 2012, the stock dropped all the way back to the low $80s because now all of a sudden, McDonald's global sales were down and the company could seemingly no longer compete. This story played out for the rest of 2012, marked by a 52-week low of $83.31 on Nov. 16. (BKW), Wendy's (WEN) and Yum! Brands' (YUM) KFC and Taco Bell. The explosive growth of healthy, quick eateries such as Panera Bread Company (PNRA) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) didn't help matters. Along with higher food costs, this contributed to McDonald's margins shrinking faster than management could respond.