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How to buy McDonalds Corporation (MCD) stock

Learn how to easily invest in McDonalds Corporation stock.

McDonald's Corporation
NYSE: MCD - USD
RESTAURANTS
$246.45
+$2.47 (+1.01%)

McDonald's Corporation (MCD) is a leading restaurants business based in the US. It opened the day at $234.07 after a previous close of $232.84. During the day the price has varied from a low of $233.06 to a high of $236.22. The latest price was $235.86 (25 minute delay). McDonalds Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 200,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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McDonalds Corporation stock price (NYSE: MCD)

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McDonalds Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Open$234.07
High$236.22
Low$233.06
Close$235.86
Previous close$232.84
Change $3.02
Change % 1.297%
Volume 2,196,638
Information last updated 2021-07-22.
52-week range$187.21 - $239.69
50-day moving average $233.69
200-day moving average $224.55
Wall St. target price$258.34
PE ratio 34.635
Dividend yield $5.08 (2.15%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $6.89

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McDonalds Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $235.86 from 2021-06-04

1 week (2021-07-17) N/A
1 month (2021-06-28) 2.06%
3 months (2021-04-28) 1.48%
6 months (2021-01-24) N/A
1 year (2020-07-24) N/A
2 years (2019-07-24) N/A
3 years (2018-07-24) N/A
5 years (2016-07-24) N/A

Is McDonalds Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing McDonalds Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of McDonalds Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

McDonalds Corporation's P/E ratio

McDonalds Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 35x. In other words, McDonalds Corporation shares trade at around 35x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

McDonalds Corporation's PEG ratio

McDonalds Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.2601. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into McDonalds Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

McDonalds Corporation's EBITDA

McDonalds Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $9.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a McDonalds Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

McDonalds Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $19.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 38.13%
Gross profit TTM $9.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.2%
Return on equity TTM -9999999%
Profit margin 26.31%
Book value $-8.97
Market capitalisation $178.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting McDonalds Corporation shares

There are currently 5.5 million McDonalds Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as McDonalds Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 4.1% down from 5.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting McDonalds Corporation shares can be evaluated.

McDonalds Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

McDonalds Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of McDonalds Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of McDonalds Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 2.4 million). McDonalds Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.29. In other words for every 100,000 McDonalds Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2290 shares are currently held short.

However McDonalds Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of McDonalds Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable McDonalds Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case McDonalds Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 McDonalds Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0074% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable McDonalds Corporation shares, roughly 7 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against McDonalds Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short McDonalds Corporation stock.

McDonalds Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like McDonalds Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

McDonalds Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 22.47

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and McDonalds Corporation's overall score of 22.47 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 35th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like McDonalds Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

McDonalds Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.17/100

McDonalds Corporation's environmental score of 2.17 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that McDonalds Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

McDonalds Corporation's social score

Social score: 14.15/100

McDonalds Corporation's social score of 14.15 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that McDonalds Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

McDonalds Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 5.15/100

McDonalds Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that McDonalds Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

McDonalds Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. McDonalds Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that McDonalds Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

McDonald's Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.47
Total ESG percentile 35.48
Environmental score 2.17
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 14.15
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 5.15
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 3

McDonalds Corporation share dividends

79%

Dividend payout ratio: 78.77% of net profits

Recently McDonalds Corporation has paid out, on average, around 78.77% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.19% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), McDonalds Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.19% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In McDonalds Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $5.08 per share.

McDonalds Corporation's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

McDonalds Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 14 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have McDonalds Corporation's shares ever split?

McDonalds Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 7 March 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your McDonalds Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for McDonalds Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted McDonalds Corporation's share price.

McDonalds Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, McDonalds Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $187.2078 up to $239.685. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MCD.US volatility(beta: 0.62)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while McDonalds Corporation's is 0.623. This would suggest that McDonalds Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

McDonalds Corporation overview

McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants in the United States and internationally. Its restaurants offer various food products and beverages, as well as breakfast menu. As of December 31, 2020, the company operated 39,198 restaurants. McDonald's Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of McDonalds Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.052% of McDonalds Corporation shares are held by insiders and 68.845% by institutions.
How many people work for McDonalds Corporation?
Latest data suggests 200,000 work at McDonalds Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for McDonalds Corporation?
McDonalds Corporation's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is McDonalds Corporation based?
McDonalds Corporation's address is: 110 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, IL, United States, 60607
What is McDonalds Corporation's ISIN number?
McDonalds Corporation's international securities identification number is: US5801351017
What is McDonalds Corporation's CUSIP number?
McDonalds Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 580135101

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