Somewhat Negative News Coverage Extremely Likely to Impact Mcdonald’s (MCD) Stock Price

News coverage about Mcdonald’s (NYSE:MCD) has trended somewhat negative on Wednesday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Mcdonald’s earned a media sentiment score of -1.29 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave press coverage about the fast-food giant an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Mcdonald’s’ analysis:

NYSE:MCD traded up $2.37 on Wednesday, reaching $197.63. 3,069,957 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,333,699. The firm has a market capitalization of $148.39 billion, a PE ratio of 25.02, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.74 and a beta of 0.53. Mcdonald’s has a 52-week low of $153.13 and a 52-week high of $198.26.

Mcdonald’s (NYSE:MCD) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The fast-food giant reported $1.97 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.90 by $0.07. Mcdonald’s had a net margin of 28.18% and a negative return on equity of 104.38%. The firm had revenue of $5.16 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.16 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.71 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 3.3% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts forecast that Mcdonald’s will post 8.11 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of analysts recently commented on the stock. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $218.00 target price (up from $203.00) on shares of Mcdonald’s in a research note on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Mcdonald’s from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 15th. Telsey Advisory Group reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $210.00 target price (up from $195.00) on shares of Mcdonald’s in a research note on Friday, April 5th. Robert W. Baird raised their price target on shares of Mcdonald’s from $196.00 to $205.00 in a research report on Monday, April 1st. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $205.00 price target on shares of Mcdonald’s in a research report on Wednesday, January 30th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $196.08.

In related news, VP Robert Lane Gibbs sold 22,036 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $180.95, for a total value of $3,987,414.20. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Catherine A. Hoovel sold 1,328 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $175.95, for a total value of $233,661.60. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 2,499 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $439,699.05. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 129,775 shares of company stock valued at $23,249,437 over the last ninety days. 0.22% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Mcdonald’s Company Profile

McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants in the United States and internationally. Its restaurants offer various food products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menu. As of December 31, 2018, the company operated 37,855 restaurants, including 35,085 franchised restaurants comprising 21,685 franchised to conventional franchisees, 7,225 licensed to developmental licensees, and 6,175 licensed to foreign affiliates; and 2,770 company-operated restaurants.

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