Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 45 points (+0.3%) at 13,119 as of Friday, Dec 7, 2012, 12:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 315.5 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 633.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,361 issues advancing vs. 1,539 declining with 148 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which is sporting an 82-cent gain (+0.9%) bringing the stock to $88.91. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 6.21 points or roughly accounting for 13.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at 4.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.1 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $87.32 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 12.2% year to date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

McDonald's Corporation franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the global restaurant industry. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages. The company operates approximately 34,000 restaurants in 120 countries around the world. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, below 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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