Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 14.0 points at 14,533 as of Monday, Apr 22, 2013, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 399.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 598.4 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,486 issues advancing vs. 1,424 declining with 146 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a $1 decline (-1%) bringing the stock to $98.92. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 7.57 points or roughly accounting for 54.1% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at 3.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.9 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $102.19 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of Friday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3%.

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. Its restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus. The company has a P/E ratio of 19, 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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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