Digging Up the Facts on McDonald’s Corporation (MCD)

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) is an interesting player in the Services space, with a focus on Restaurants. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $166.73, up from yesterday’s close by 0.14%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) currently trades with a market capitalization of $131.87 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been falling by -9.46 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $3.67 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.93 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.17% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, McDonald’s Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $178.70. It is now trading 11.97% off that level. The stock is trading $162.19 its 50-day moving average by -4.54%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $146.84.

In recent action, McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) has made a move of +1.22% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.11, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 0.96% with $784.40 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of MCD.

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