McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) Receiving Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Shows

News headlines about McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. McDonald's earned a news impact score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the fast-food giant an impact score of 44.078716357374 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on MCD. Bank of America set a $200.00 price target on shares of McDonald's and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Credit Suisse Group restated an “outperform” rating and set a $191.00 target price (up previously from $185.00) on shares of McDonald's in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Nomura restated a “buy” rating and set a $198.00 target price (up previously from $190.00) on shares of McDonald's in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of McDonald's from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $196.00 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group set a $200.00 price target on shares of McDonald's and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 19th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-six have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $183.42.

McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) opened at $163.85 on Tuesday. 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 52 week low of $123.95 and a 52 week high of $178.70. The stock has a market cap of $135,027.30, a P/E ratio of 25.39, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.50 and a beta of 0.59.

McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 30th. The fast-food giant reported $1.71 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.59 by $0.12. McDonald's had a net margin of 22.75% and a negative return on equity of 217.17%. The firm had revenue of $5.34 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.22 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.44 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 11.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that McDonald's will post 7.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st will be issued a dividend of $1.01 per share. This represents a $4.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.47%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 28th. McDonald's’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 63.52%.

In other McDonald's news, VP Catherine A. Hoovel sold 1,398 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $170.54, for a total transaction of $238,414.92. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 1,398 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $238,414.92. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Douglas M. Goare sold 34,575 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $173.53, for a total transaction of $5,999,799.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 207,550 shares of company stock worth $35,118,055 over the last three months. 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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