Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) Share Price

Headlines about McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. McDonald's earned a media sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the fast-food giant an impact score of 43.7972467636264 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Several brokerages have commented on MCD. ValuEngine lowered shares of McDonald's from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Goldman Sachs Group set a $180.00 price target on shares of McDonald's and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. BMO Capital Markets set a $175.00 price objective on McDonald's and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Barclays decreased their price objective on McDonald's from $205.00 to $200.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $191.00 price objective (up from $185.00) on shares of McDonald's in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. McDonald's has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $184.95.

McDonald's (NYSE MCD) opened at $162.40 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $130,658.72, a PE ratio of 25.53, a PEG ratio of 2.38 and a beta of 0.59. McDonald's has a 52 week low of $125.27 and a 52 week high of $178.70. The company has a quick ratio of 1.27, a current ratio of 1.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -8.17.

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, beating the consensus estimate of $1.59 by $0.12. The business had revenue of $5.34 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.22 billion. McDonald's had a negative return on equity of 217.17% and a net margin of 22.75%. The company’s revenue was down 11.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.44 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that McDonald's will post 7.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st will be given a dividend of $1.01 per share. This represents a $4.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.49%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. McDonald's’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 63.52%.

In other McDonald's news, insider Stephen Easterbrook sold 171,577 shares of McDonald's stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was 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 approximately $8,378,632.96. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Douglas M. Goare sold 34,575 shares of McDonald's stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $173.53, for a total value of $5,999,799.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 207,550 shares of company stock worth $35,118,055 over the last three months. 0.24% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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McDonald's Company Profile

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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