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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 50.0 points (-0.3%) at 16,999 as of Friday, Sep 12, 2014, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 96.8 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 295.9 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 664 issues advancing vs. 2,333 declining with 129 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which is sporting a 69-cent gain (+0.7%) bringing the stock to $93.65. Volume for McDonald's currently sits at 2.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 5.1 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $91.32 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

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. The company's restaurants offer various food items, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menus.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's 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, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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