McDonald’s Corporation [MCD] is 6.21% higher this YTD. Is it still time to buy?

McDonald’s Corporation [NYSE: MCD] traded at a high on 08/20/20, posting a 0.18 gain after which it closed the day’ session at $209.88. The company report on August 19, 2020 that INVESTOR ACTION NOTICE: The Schall Law Firm Announces it is Investigating Claims Against McDonald’s Corporation and Encourages Investors with Losses to Contact the Firm.

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / August 19, 2020 / The Schall Law Firm, a national shareholder rights litigation firm, announces that it is investigating claims on behalf of investors of McDonald’s Corporation (“McDonald’s” or “the Company”) (NYSE:MCD) for violations of the securities laws.

The investigation focuses on whether the Company issued false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose information pertinent to investors. McDonald’s filed a lawsuit on August 10, 2020, against former CEO Steve Easterbrook, alleging that he destroyed evidence and lied about the inappropriate behavior that led to a separation agreement between the Company and its former CEO in November 2019. The Company failed to respond to Easterbrook’s inappropriate behavior and indeed was unaware of it for an extended period of time despite stating in SEC filings and in public comments that the Company maintained effective control procedures. Based on this news, investors in McDonald’s suffered damages.

The results of the trading session contributed to over 2071301 shares changing hands. Over the past one week, the price volatility of McDonald’s Corporation stands at 1.29% while the volatility over the past one month is 1.53%.

The market cap for MCD stock reached $155.76 billion, with 743.80 million shares outstanding and 743.68 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 3.37M shares, MCD reached a trading volume of 2071301 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about McDonald’s Corporation [MCD]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MCD shares is $213.03 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MCD stock is a recommendation set at 2.00. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

JP Morgan have made an estimate for McDonald’s Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on June 24, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, SunTrust raised their target price from $195 to $208. The new note on the price target was released on June 17, 2020, representing the official price target for McDonald’s Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $208 to $220, while Jefferies kept a Buy rating on MCD stock. On June 17, 2020, analysts increased their price target for MCD shares from 200 to 210.

The Average True Range (ATR) for McDonald’s Corporation is set at 3.17, with the Price to Sales ratio for MCD stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 8.09.

How has MCD stock performed recently?

McDonald’s Corporation [MCD] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 1.64. With this latest performance, MCD shares gained by 5.67% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -2.77% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -4.91% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for MCD stock in for the last two-week period is set at 73.77, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 78.65, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 68.91 for McDonald’s Corporation [MCD]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 193.79, while it was recorded at 209.08 for the last single week of trading, and 192.24 for the last 200 days.

McDonald’s Corporation [MCD]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and McDonald’s Corporation [MCD] shares currently have an operating margin of +41.82 and a Gross Margin at +52.74. McDonald’s Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +28.59.

Return on Total Capital for MCD is now 27.47, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 18.98. Additionally, MCD Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 120.87, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 100.10.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, McDonald’s Corporation [MCD] managed to generate an average of $29,392 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 9.03 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.52.McDonald’s Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.90 and a Current Ratio set at 0.90.

Earnings analysis for McDonald’s Corporation [MCD]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, McDonald’s Corporation posted 2.11/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 2.21/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of -4.50%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for MCD. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for McDonald’s Corporation go to 3.88%.

Insider trade positions for McDonald’s Corporation [MCD]

There are presently around $105,497 million, or 69.60% of MCD stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MCD stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 66,203,469, which is approximately -4.631% of the company’s market cap and around 0.12% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 51,419,655 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $10.79 billion in MCD stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $8.12 billion in MCD stock with ownership of nearly -0.878% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in McDonald’s Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 1,115 institutional holders increased their position in McDonald’s Corporation [NYSE:MCD] by around 20,961,564 shares. Additionally, 937 investors decreased positions by around 27,672,893 shares, while 282 investors held positions by with 454,017,561 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 502,652,018 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MCD stock had 163 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,410,655 shares, while 111 institutional investors sold positions of 2,777,440 shares during the same period.

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