Dow Today: McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Lower

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 64 points (+0.4%) at 15,366 as of Thursday, May 30, 2013, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 133.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 591.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,802 issues advancing vs. 1,017 declining with 133 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 72-cent decline (-0.7%) bringing the stock to $97.56. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at 3.1 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.9 million shares.

McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $101.5 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of Wednesday'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 18.8, 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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