NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Fast food giant McDonald's (MCD) is without a doubt the gold standard among its peers, a group which includes names such as Burger King and Wendy's (WEN). For that matter, there are very few companies performing as well as McDonald's in any category -- including growing average annual sales by 6% while more than doubling its operating margins.However, for as dominant as the company has been over the past decade, it rarely ever gets mentioned among the best-run operations on the market. But on the heels of a somewhat disappointing quarter, opportunistic investors may find long-term value as a result of a market's overreaction to the company's short-term hiccup.
In terms of outlook, it doesn't seem as if analysts are expecting much improvement as Q4 estimates have fallen from $1.59 per share to $1.54. Likewise full-year projections have moved down to $5.55 from $5.71 over the past three months. But statements by the company seem to support the less than rosy view. During the announcement, Don Thompson, the company's CEO offered the following: While our sales momentum and current financial results reflect today's challenging conditions, we continue to see significant long-term opportunities for brand McDonald's and remain confident in the underlying strength of our business model. We expect near-term top- and bottom-line growth to remain pressured as we focus on driving guest traffic and market share by leveraging our strategies and competitive advantages in response to the global economic, operating and competitive challenges. As we begin fourth quarter, October's global comparable sales are currently trending negative.