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McDonald’s Corporation [MCD] Initiated At Outperform by Wedbush

Wedbush launched its McDonald’s [MCD] rating to the equivalent of Outperform and assigned the ‎price target of 240.0, in a research note dated 2021-01-05. That figure represents around a 14.21% ‎premium from where the company’s shares closed on Monday. Some new analysts also started their ‎coverage, with Northcoast’s analysts assigning the shares to “a Buy” rating in a research note to ‎investors issued in mid December. Meanwhile, UBS had raised its rating on MCD to “Buy” from the ‎earlier “Neutral”, in a research note produced for clients December 14, 2020. In addition, there was a ‎downgrade from Stephens on December 07, 2020. The rater changed MCD from “an Overweight” to ‎‎”an Equal-weight”.

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Is McDonald’s Corporation ‎‎[NYSE:MCD] a Good Buy Right Now?

It should be noted that MCD technical indicators for short, ‎intermediate as well as long term progress have placed an overall average of 8% as Sell. The average ‎signal changed from 8% Buy in the last week and compares with 24% Buy in the past month. Data from ‎McDonald’s Corporation’s Trend Spotter indicated that the signals were Strongest. The stock current ‎average is 3.13 million shares in the past 20 days and the short term average signal indicates a 50% Sell. ‎In the last 50 days, the average trading volume was 3.29 million shares while the medium term average ‎advocated for Hold. The average long-term signal stands at 50% Buy and the 100-day average volume ‎stands at 3.0 million shares.


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MCD Price Performance

On Wall Street, McDonald’s Corporation ‎‎[NYSE:MCD] finished Monday’s session down -2.03% at $210.22. The stock went up to $214.72 at the ‎same session while its lowest single day price was $208.22. In the last five days, it saw a fall of about -‎‎0.55%, McDonald’s Corporation shares dropped by almost -2.03% since the beginning of the year. ‎However, the share price has dropped to as low as -9.35% below its one year high. On 01/04/21, the ‎company shares recorded $214.72, the highest single-day price it has got to in the last 52-weeks and a ‎‎52-week low was seen on 01/04/21, the same year at $208.22. The company’s shares have inclined by ‎‎5.07% in the past year. The 50-day SMA achieved is $214.72 while the 200-day SMA is $200.47. Volume ‎gained to 4.06 million from 2.61 million in the previous session.

McDonald’s Corporation [MCD] ‎Valuation Measures

Notably, McDonald’s Corporation [MCD] stock can be classified as a good ‎candidate in the listing of underestimated low-priced Restaurants companies to purchase soonest ‎possible with the prevailing 12-month PE ratio of 32.08. The measure means the stock is exchanging at ‎a discount as compared to the 32.52x trailing earnings of the industry. It can be helpful for investors to ‎consider historical price-sales ratio, more specifically, a 8.03 PS value ratio is reported for the last one ‎year of reported earnings. That is higher than the industry average of 0.93 which means MCD serve an ‎attractive investment opportunity compared to its competitors.

MCD Stock Support And ‎Resistance Levels

On the 24-hour scale, the immediate backing is perceived around 207.39 level, ‎and in case of violation of this particular level, it will cause more drop to 204.55 level. On the upper ‎level, 217.55 is still the key resistance. The stock may increase to the subsequent resistance at 213.89. ‎The Relative Strength Index (RSI) pinned on the 14-day chart is 43.77, implying a neutral technical ‎stance while the MACD stands at -0.74, meaning price will decrease in the next trading period. Percent ‎R indicator moved to 76.74%, implying bearish price movement. Stochastic %K at 56.30% suggest selling ‎the stock.

What is the short interest in McDonald’s Corporation?

Short interest in the ‎McDonald’s Corporation stock has plunged, decreasing by -1.36 million shares to total 6.08 million ‎shares on Dec 14, 2020. The interest had seen shares on Nov 12, 2020 stand at 4.72 million, data from ‎Yahoo Finance shows. The increase of 22.37% suggests the stock saw some increased bearish ‎sentiment. The stock’s days to cover (short ratio) moved to while the shorted shares account for just ‎‎0.82% of the overall float for the stock.

McDonald’s Corporation’s Biggest Shareholders: Who ‎Owns McDonald’s Corporation [MCD]?

Filings by The Vanguard Group, Inc. showed that the firm ‎now holds a total of 62,098,549 shares or roughly 8.33% of the outstanding MCD shares. This means ‎their shares have reduced by -603,850 from the 62,098,549 the investor reportedly held in its prior 13-F ‎filing. With the conclusion of the sale, SSgA Funds Management, Inc. updated stake is worth ‎‎$8,297,625,208. Details in the latest 13F filings reveal that Wellington Management Co. LLP acquired ‎their 11.45% stake valued at $8,220,224,396 while BlackRock Fund Advisors cut theirs at $7,674,352,800. ‎During the last quarter, Wellington Management Co. LLP raised 3,883,678 of its shares in McDonald’s ‎Corporation while BlackRock Fund Advisors sold -595,275 shares. The Geode Capital Management LLC’s ‎holdings currently number 11,286,295 shares at $2372604934.9. According to the firm’s last 13F report, ‎Northern Trust Investments, Inc. shares in the company at filing stood at 10,774,586 shares, roughly ‎‎$2,342,825,980.

MCD Earnings Forecast For The Current Quarter

McDonald’s Corporation ‎‎[MCD] is expected to report weak earnings results for the quarter ending on Dec 2020. Consensus ‎estimates give the company expected revenues of $5.38B and an earnings per share of $1.81 for Dec ‎‎2020. Looking further ahead, the company is expected to report revenue of $5.06B at an EPS of $1.8 ‎for Mar 2021. The estimates represent upside of 13.70% and 34.27% in the company’s revenue and ‎earnings per share, respectively, on a year-on-year basis.

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MCD Earnings Estimates For The Current Year

For the ‎financial year, McDonald’s Corporation [NYSE:MCD] is expected to bring in revenue of $19.29B. The ‎returns are nearly $-1.79 billion lower than the company’s actual revenue recorded in the fiscal year ‎‎2019. In terms of EPS for the 2020, estimate put it at 6.2, lower than that of FY19 by -$1.64. Estimates ‎put this year’s earnings growth at -20.90%, 34.40% for the next, and at an annual 5.59% over the next ‎‎5-year period. As for sales, forecasts are for a decrease of -8.50% in the current fiscal year and a ‎further 13.70% over the following year.‎

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