McDonald's (MCD - Free Report) closed at $198.15 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.55% move from the prior day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 1.32% loss on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow lost 1.41%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, lost 1.51%.
Coming into today, shares of the world's biggest hamburger chain had gained 2.38% in the past month. In that same time, the Retail-Wholesale sector lost 7.4%, while the S&P 500 lost 5.09%.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from MCD as it approaches its next earnings report date. The company is expected to report EPS of $2.05, up 3.02% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $5.30 billion, down 1.02% from the year-ago period.
MCD's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $8.04 per share and revenue of $21 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +1.77% and -0.14%, respectively.
Any recent changes to analyst estimates for MCD should also be noted by investors. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.
Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.11% higher. MCD is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Looking at its valuation, MCD is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 24.77. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 22.03, which means MCD is trading at a premium to the group.
Meanwhile, MCD's PEG ratio is currently 2.79. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. The Retail - Restaurants was holding an average PEG ratio of 2.04 at yesterday's closing price.
The Retail - Restaurants industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 186, putting it in the bottom 28% of all 250+ industries.
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