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 0.2%. By the end of trading, McDonald's Corporation rose $1.24 (1.3%) to $96.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,372,085 shares of McDonald's Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,722,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $95.00-$96.32 after having opened the day at $95.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.84. Other companies within the Leisure industry that increased today were: Century Casinos ( CNTY), up 5.3%, Caesars Entertainment ( CZR), up 4.8%, Bowl America Incorporated ( BWL.A), up 4.2% and Noodles & Co Class A ( NDLS), up 4.0%.

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 $95.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate McDonald's Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, SeaWorld Entertainment ( SEAS), down 6.5%, Ignite Restaurant Group ( IRG), down 3.9%, China Lodging Group ( HTHT), down 3.8% and Cosi ( COSI), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the leisure industry with Carnival Corporation ( CCL) being today's leisure industry laggard.

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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