Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Links. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 27 points (+0.2%) at 15,572 as of Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013, 11:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 210.4 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 598.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,578 issues advancing vs. 1,316 declining with 112 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 40-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $97.18. Volume for McDonald's Corporation currently sits at 2.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 4.9 million shares. McDonald's Corporation has a market cap of $100.53 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.1%. 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. 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.