The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading down 68 points (-0.5%) at 12,607 as of Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 175.7 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 820.7 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,082 issues advancing vs. 1,672 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

McDonald's Corporation

(NYSE:

MCD

), which is sporting a 21-cent gain (+0.2%) bringing the stock to $98.96. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at two million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.3 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $103.29 billion and is part of the

services

sector and

leisure

industry. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of Tuesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 2.8%.

McDonald's Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a foodservice retailer worldwide. It franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants that offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, desserts, snacks, and other beverages, as well as full or limited breakfast menu. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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