McDonald's (MCD - Free Report) closed at $200.08 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.35% move from the prior day. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 0.71% loss on the day. Elsewhere, the Dow lost 0.81%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.79%.
Coming into today, shares of the world's biggest hamburger chain had gained 3.39% in the past month. In that same time, the Retail-Wholesale sector gained 4.83%, while the S&P 500 gained 4.77%.
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 $1.96, down 0.51% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $5.30 billion, up 2.69% from the year-ago period.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for MCD. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.
Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.
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. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection has moved 0.02% higher. MCD is holding a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold) right now.
Looking at its valuation, MCD is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 23.68. For comparison, its industry has an average Forward P/E of 21.88, which means MCD is trading at a premium to the group.
We can also see that MCD currently has a PEG ratio of 2.81. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. Retail - Restaurants stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.09 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Retail - Restaurants industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 67, which puts it in the top 27% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
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