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Is McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) The Best Stock To Invest In?

After Hours

It may be riskier to trade before market opening and after market closing than during regular market hours. Since issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities due to lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) shows that investor sentiment remained intact, with the stock’s consolidated last price rising by $0.23, or 0.08%, to $295.98. The McDonald’s Corporation has recorded 355,128 volume in the after hours trading session. The stock was recently discussed on Yahoo Finance as it revealed that McDONALD’S REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2023 RESULTS.

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Stocks Info

McDonald’s Corporation is listed on the NYSE in the Consumer Cyclical sector while operating in the Restaurants industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $295.75 and fluctuated between $296.18 as its day high and $293.91 as its day low. The current market capitalization of McDonald’s Corporation is $215.16B. A total of 2.83 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 2.78M shares.

Insider Activity

Insider trades are also considered as indicators of how a stock will perform in the future, in addition to stock predictions. During the recent three months, MCD has seen 27 BUY and 16 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 88,759 and the disposition of 48,534 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 36 BUYs and 28 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 123,994 shares during that period but sold 85,124.

In the most recent transaction, Kempczinski Christopher J sold 3,850 shares of MCD for 267.69 per share on Feb 23. After the transaction, the President and CEO now owns 34,637 company shares. In a previous transaction on Feb 17, Hoovel Catherine A. sold 2,876 shares at 270.00 per share. MCD shares that SVP – Corporate Controller owns now total 1,184.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Erlinger Joseph M. disposed of 7,853 shares on Feb 03 at a per-share price of $264.65. This resulted in the President, McDonald’s USA holding 8,187 shares of MCD after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Gross Marion K. sold 1,396 shares at $265.44 per share on Feb 01. Company shares held by the EVP-Chief Supply Chain Officer now total 308.


The reasons why investors prefer dividend-paying companies are that dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate that the company will perform well in the future. McDonald’s Corporation pays an annual dividend of $6.08, resulting in a dividend yield of 2.06%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 31.74. MCD’s most recent ex-dividend date was 2/28/2023 when it declared a $1.52 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 3/15/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 12/15/2022 with an ex-dividend date of 11/30/2022. The MCD stock dividend was $1.52 per share in cash.

Despite rarely being accurate, price targets can exert some form of influence at times, and are often regarded as valuable by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for MCD in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $316.93 with high estimates of $346.00 and low estimates of $284.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, MCD has a high of $295.05 and a low of $228.34.

As of this writing, MCD has an earnings estimate of $2.75 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 28 estimates, with a high estimate of $2.98 per share and a lower estimate of $2.54. The company reported an EPS of $2.59 in the last quarter, which was 5.70% higher than expectations of $2.45.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

As well as showing the assets and liabilities of the company, the balance sheet also shows the amount invested in equity by investors. Investors can analyze a company’s future prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information. MCD’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $4.71B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $48.64B in debt and $4.02B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was -$8.21, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was -$4.60B.

Analysts Opinion

After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. Currently, 34 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for MCD is Sell with a score of 4.35. A total of 21 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 5 rated it as Overweight while 8 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 0 thought it should be Sold.

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