Research Analysts’ Recent Ratings Updates for McDonald's (MCD)

Several analysts have recently updated their ratings and price targets for McDonald's (NYSE: MCD):

  • 2/6/2018 – McDonald's had its price target raised by analysts at Citigroup Inc from $167.00 to $176.00. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 1/31/2018 – McDonald's had its price target raised by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG to $190.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/31/2018 – McDonald's had its price target lowered by analysts at Barclays PLC from $205.00 to $200.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 1/31/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $184.00 price target on by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/31/2018 – McDonald's had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein. They now have a $195.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $180.00.
  • 1/31/2018 – McDonald's had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Telsey Advisory Group. They now have a $190.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $180.00.
  • 1/31/2018 – McDonald's had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $190.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/30/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $191.00 price target on by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/30/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $190.00 price target on by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/30/2018 – McDonald's had its price target raised by analysts at Nomura from $198.00 to $203.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/30/2018 – McDonald's had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stephens. They now have a $185.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $175.00.
  • 1/30/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $200.00 price target on by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/29/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $200.00 price target on by analysts at Bank of America Corp. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/23/2018 – McDonald's had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Nomura. They now have a $198.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $190.00.
  • 1/23/2018 – McDonald's had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $191.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $185.00.
  • 1/19/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $200.00 price target on by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/18/2018 – McDonald's was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $196.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “McDonald’s shares outpaced the industry in the past year. Notably, growing guest count remains McDonald’s top priority and it is undertaking various sales and digital initiatives to this end. Increased focus on delivery, enhancement of digital capabilities, and accelerated deployment of Experience of the Future restaurants in the United States should drive growth too. Efforts to attract customers in International Lead & High Growth Markets also bode well. In fact, global comps at McDonald’s have been positive over the past eight quarters. Meanwhile, augmented focus on refranchising will cut the company’s capital requirements and facilitate EPS growth and ROE expansion in the long run. Yet, high labor costs and currency headwinds might keep profits under pressure. Also, political and economic unrest in some parts of the world and a not so enticing U.S. restaurant space might restrict sales growth.”
  • 1/17/2018 – McDonald's was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “McDonald’s shares outpaced the industry in the past year. Notably, growing guest count remains McDonald’s top priority and it is undertaking various sales and digital initiatives to this end. Increased focus on delivery, enhancement of digital capabilities, and accelerated deployment of Experience of the Future restaurants in the United States should drive growth too. Efforts to attract customers in International Lead & High Growth Markets also bode well. In fact, global comps at McDonald’s have been positive over the past eight quarters. Meanwhile, augmented focus on refranchising will cut the company’s capital requirements and facilitate EPS growth and ROE expansion in the long run. Yet, high labor costs and currency headwinds might keep profits under pressure. Also, political and economic unrest in some parts of the world and a not so enticing U.S. restaurant space might restrict sales growth.”
  • 1/16/2018 – McDonald's had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Barclays PLC. They now have a $205.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $193.00.
  • 1/12/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $186.00 price target on by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/5/2018 – McDonald's had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen Inc. They now have a $200.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/5/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $190.00 price target on by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/3/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $187.00 price target on by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/3/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $172.00 price target on by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 1/2/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $190.00 price target on by analysts at Robert W. Baird. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/2/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $190.00 price target on by analysts at Nomura. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 1/2/2018 – McDonald's was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $194.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “McDonald’s shares outpaced the industry in the past six months. Notably, growing guest count remains McDonald’s top priority and it is undertaking various sales and digital initiatives to this end. Increased focus on delivery, enhancement of digital capabilities, and accelerated deployment of Experience of the Future restaurants in the United States should drive growth too. Efforts to attract customers in International Lead & High Growth Markets also bode well. In fact, global comps at McDonald’s have been positive over the past eight quarters. Meanwhile, augmented focus on refranchising will cut the company’s capital requirements and facilitate EPS growth and ROE expansion in the long run. Yet, high labor costs and currency headwinds might keep profits under pressure. Also, political and economic unrest in some parts of the world and a not so enticing U.S. restaurant space might restrict sales growth.”
  • 1/2/2018 – McDonald's was given a new $190.00 price target on by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 12/27/2017 – McDonald's was given a new $190.00 price target on by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 12/21/2017 – McDonald's was given a new $190.00 price target on by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 12/19/2017 – McDonald's had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG. They now have a $185.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $178.00.
  • 12/14/2017 – McDonald's had its price target raised by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies from $175.00 to $185.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.

McDonald's Co. (NYSE:MCD) opened at $160.80 on Monday. McDonald's Co. has a 12 month low of $124.52 and a 12 month 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. The company has a market capitalization of $128,187.45, a PE ratio of 25.28, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.36 and a beta of 0.59.

McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 30th. The fast-food giant reported $1.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.59 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $5.34 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate 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 for the quarter was down 11.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.44 EPS. equities analysts expect that McDonald's Co. will post 7.58 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be given a dividend of $1.01 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $4.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.51%. McDonald's’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 63.52%.

In other news, insider Stephen Easterbrook sold 171,577 shares of McDonald's stock in a transaction dated 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 completion of the sale, the insider now owns 49,778 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,378,632.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Catherine A. Hoovel sold 1,398 shares of McDonald's stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $170.54, for a total value of $238,414.92. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 1,398 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $238,414.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 207,550 shares of company stock valued at $35,118,055. Corporate insiders own 0.24% of the company’s stock.

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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