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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 28 points (+0.2%) at 18,237 as of Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 180.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 374.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,869 issues advancing vs. 1,139 declining with 148 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

McDonald's

(NYSE:

MCD

), which is sporting a $2.28 gain (+2.4%) bringing the stock to $97.26. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 17.26 points or roughly accounting for 61.6% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for McDonald's currently sits at 5.6 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.4 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $91.78 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.6%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the United States, Europe, the Asia/Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Latin America. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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