Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 9.0 points at 13,093 as of Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 103.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 612.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,518 issues advancing vs. 1,235 declining with 176 unchanged.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component

McDonald's Corporation

(NYSE:

MCD

). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 70 cents per share. At a price of $89.51 as of 10:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.8%.

The average volume for McDonald's Corporation has been 6.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $90.29 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

leisure

industry. Shares are down 11.2% year to date as of Tuesday's close.

McDonald's Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants primarily in the United States, Europe, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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