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McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) Given a $187.00 Price Target by SunTrust Banks Analysts

03 February 2018, 01:44 | Kenneth Drake

First Citizens Bank & Trust Co Has Upped Its Mcdonalds (MCD) Stake; Herbalife LTD (HLF) Sentiment Is 0.89

McDonald's crew member Samantha Medina prepares french fries in Miami Florida

Aggressive quick-service restaurant promotional activity is a risk, but we believe the combination of McDonald's new $1-$2-$3 menu, delivery (called out as a "meaningful contributor" in several markets with average checks 1.5-2.0 times in-store orders), mobile order and pay availability at 20,000 locations (14,000 USA and 6,000 U.K./Canada), the national launch of fresh beef in the U.S.in May/June, and menu price increases in the 2%-3% range (to offset value initiatives) should keep comps around 4% for the foreseeable future. About 7.70M shares traded or 160.31% up from the average. The average volume for The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) has been 7.03 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Price Target plays a critical role when it comes to the analysis of a Stock. Robert W. Baird upgraded the shares of MCD in report on Tuesday, August 30 to "Outperform" rating. The stock of McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) has "Hold" rating given on Tuesday, October 10 by Jefferies. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of McDonald's from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $194.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd.

McDonald's Corp. (NYSE:MCD) now has a "Hold" signals on Composite indicators by TrendSpotter. The company's market cap is $137.59 Billion, and the average volume is 2.96 Million. Stock's distance from 52 week High is -0.35% and the distance from 52 week Low is 46.34%. McDonald's Co. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -8.17, a quick ratio of 1.27 and a current ratio of 1.28.

In the year-ago quarter, the company posted earnings of $1.44 per share. The fast-food giant reported $1.71 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.59 by $0.12. McDonald's had a negative return on equity of 216.45% and a net margin of 24.19%. Its revenue totaled $5.74 billion down -5.12% from the previous quarter. It also reduced its holding in Lithia Mtrs Inc Cl A (NYSE:LAD) by 4,368 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 103,025 shares, and cut its stake in United Therapeutics Corp Del (NASDAQ:UTHR). Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be paid a $1.01 dividend. Going forward, analysts expect MCD's payout to remain around the same level at 57.00% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 2.36%.

According to the Recommendation Trends of the stock polled by Finviz, the company has a consensus recommendation of 2 out of the scale from 1 to 5 where 1 stands for Buy and 5 means Sell. While 20-Day Moving Average VS Current Price shows "Sell" Signal. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 49,778 shares in the company, valued at $8,378,632.96. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MCD. Proficio Capital Partners LLC increased its position in shares of McDonald's by 0.7% in the second quarter. The stock ended last trade at 86.95 a share and the price is up more than -5.37% so far this year. AlphaMark Advisors LLC now owns 1,288 shares of the fast-food giant's stock worth $197,000 after buying an additional 5 shares during the period. Howe & Rusling Inc. increased its position in shares of McDonald's by 75.0% in the third quarter. American Investment Services Inc sold 45,653 shares as the company's stock rose 3.62% with the market. FMR LLC lifted its holdings in McDonald's by 72.9% during the second quarter. Daiwa Grp Inc owns 100,506 shares. Nikko Asset Mgmt Americas owns 55,200 shares for 0.42% of their portfolio. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $175.00 price target on shares of McDonald's and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. If you are accessing this article on another website, it was copied illegally and reposted in violation of global copyright legislation.

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