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

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McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) pushed the Leisure industry higher today making it today's featured leisure winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, McDonald's Corporation rose $1.60 (1.6%) to $98.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,998,209 shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,065,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $97.00-$98.69 after having opened the day at $97.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.68. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: MTR Gaming Group ( MNTG), up 8.2%, Asia Entertainment & Resources ( AERL), up 6.0%, Chuy's Holdings ( CHUY), up 5.1% and Melco Crown Entertainment ( MPEL), up 4.9%.
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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. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $96.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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.

On the negative front, Empire Resorts ( NYNY), down 2.1%, Lakes Entertainment ( LACO), down 1.7%, Canterbury Park Holding Corporation ( CPHC), down 1.6% and Isle of Capri Casinos ( ISLE), down 1.5%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the leisure industry could consider PowerShares Dynamic Leisure&Entert ( PEJ) while those bearish on the leisure industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Services ( SCC).

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