Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect McDonald’s (MCD) Share Price

Press coverage about McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. McDonald’s earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the fast-food giant an impact score of 45.4748754999437 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on MCD shares. Wells Fargo & Company set a $185.00 target price on shares of McDonald’s and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Deutsche Bank set a $185.00 target price on shares of McDonald’s and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “hold” rating and set a $170.00 target price on shares of McDonald’s in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Longbow Research upgraded shares of McDonald’s from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $154.05 to $183.00 in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Finally, Argus reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of McDonald’s in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Eleven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-four have issued a buy rating to the stock. McDonald’s currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $171.95.

McDonald’s (NYSE MCD) opened at $170.65 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $138,230.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.01, a P/E/G ratio of 2.83 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -8.17, a quick ratio of 1.27 and a current ratio of 1.28. McDonald’s has a 1 year low of $118.18 and a 1 year high of $173.48.

McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The fast-food giant reported $1.76 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.75 by $0.01. McDonald’s had a net margin of 24.19% and a negative return on equity of 216.45%. The business had revenue of $5.75 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.75 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.62 EPS. McDonald’s’s quarterly revenue was down 10.4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that McDonald’s will post 6.52 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st will be issued a $1.01 dividend. This is an increase from McDonald’s’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.94. This represents a $4.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.37%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 30th. McDonald’s’s payout ratio is 58.30%.

In other McDonald’s news, VP James R. Sappington sold 8,046 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $165.00, for a total transaction of $1,327,590.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 15,739 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,596,935. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Stephen Easterbrook sold 171,577 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $168.32, for a total transaction of $28,879,840.64. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 49,778 shares in the company, valued at $8,378,632.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.24% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About McDonald’s

McDonald’s Corporation (McDonald’s) operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants. The Company’s restaurants serve a locally relevant menu of food and drinks sold at various price points in over 100 countries. The Company’s segments include U.S., International Lead Markets, High Growth Markets, and Foundational Markets and Corporate.

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