Dow Jones (DJIA) Today: McDonald's (MCD) Leads The Day Higher, Chevron (CVX) Lags

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) closed up 14 points at 18,312. During the day, 316.2 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 363.5 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio closed at 1,237 issues advancing vs. 1,832 declining with 145 unchanged.
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The Dow component that led the way higher today was McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which sported a $2.66 gain (+2.7%) bringing the stock to $100.68. This single gain lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 20.13 points or roughly accounting for 143.8% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for McDonald's ended the day at 10.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 7.1 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $93.97 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of Monday'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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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