McDonald's Corporation (MCD): Today's Featured Services Winner

The services sector was unchanged today. LIN TV Corporation ( TVL), Global Ship Lease Inc ( GSL), Luna Innovations Inc ( LUNA), and Emmis Communications ( EMMS) were all winners today within the services sector with McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) being today's featured services winner. McDonald's Corporation rose 95 cents (1.1%) to $89.31 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.9 million shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares.

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. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $92.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Harris Interactive Inc ( HPOL), USA Technologies Inc ( USAT), iParty Corporation ( IPT), and Education Management Corporation ( EDMC) were all losers within the services sector with J.C. Penney Co Inc ( JCP) being today's services sector Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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