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

McDonald's Corporation ( MCD) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, McDonald's Corporation rose $1.32 (1.4%) to $98.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,553,958 shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,163,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $98.04-$99.14 after having opened the day at $98.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.52. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Media General ( MEG), up 11.5%, Cambium Learning Group ( ABCD), up 11.3%, National Research Corporation ( NRCIB), up 11.1% and RLJ Entertainment ( RLJE), up 9.2%.

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 $97.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, Mistras Group ( MG), down 16.5%, Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC), down 10.7%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 10.4% and Apollo Group ( APOL), down 10.3% , were all laggards within the services sector with US Airways Group ( LCC) being today's services sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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