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

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading down 72.0 points (-0.4%) at 18,090 as of Thursday, May 28, 2015, 10:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 60.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 361.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 652 issues advancing vs. 2,243 declining with 187 unchanged.
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Holding back the Dow today is McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), which is lagging the broader Dow index with a 40-cent decline (-0.4%) bringing the stock to $97.41. This single loss is lowering the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 3.03 points or roughly accounting for 4.2% of the Dow's overall loss. Volume for McDonald's currently sits at 2.7 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.8 million shares.

McDonald's has a market cap of $94.38 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of Wednesday'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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