Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: McDonald's (MCD) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 16.0 points at 18,236 as of Friday, May 15, 2015, 1:36 p.m. ET. During this time, 163.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 365.1 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,608 issues advancing vs. 1,403 declining with 150 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which is sporting a 40-cent gain (+0.4%) bringing the stock to $98.11. Volume for McDonald's currently sits at 3.9 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.1 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $93.31 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of Thursday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 3.5%.

McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises 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 products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages.

TheStreet Ratings rates McDonald's as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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