How to buy McDonalds shares

McDonalds shares have fallen 0.35% from their previous closing price ($253.9). Learn how to easily invest in McDonalds shares in the UK.

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) is a publicly traded restaurants business based in the US which employs around 100,000 staff. McDonalds is listed on the NYSE and traded in US dollars. Its current price of $253.9 is 0.1% up on its price a month ago ($253.7).

How to buy shares in McDonalds

  1. Open a brokerage account. Choose from our top broker picks or compare brokers in depth. Then, complete an application.
  2. Fund your account. Add money to your account via bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  3. Search the platform by ticker symbol. MCD in this case.
  4. Choose an order type. Place a market order or limit order with your preferred number of shares or dollar amount.
  5. Submit the order. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

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Alternative ways to invest in McDonalds

Buying shares in just one company is generally considered a riskier bet than investing in a range of investments - AKA a "diversified portfolio". Experts generally recommend holding a mix of investments in specific assets and funds. Funds are ready-made portfolios of multiple companies' shares (potentially including McDonalds), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

McDonalds is a major part of the NYSE, so it's included in many global funds and investment trusts, as well as tracker-style exchange traded funds (ETFs).

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Is it a good time to buy McDonalds stock?

Review technicals and fundamentals to help you determine if now's a good time for you to invest.

Technical analysis

View McDonalds's price performance, share price volatility, historical data and technicals.

Use our graph to track the performance of MCD stock over time.

Historical closes compared with the last close of $253.9

1 week (2024-07-04)1.12%
1 month (2024-06-12)0.08%
3 months (2024-04-11)-5.05%
6 months (2024-01-11)-13.48%
1 year (2023-07-12)-14.00%
2 years (2022-07-12)0.49%
3 years (2021-07-12)7.51%
5 years (2019-07-11)19.21%

The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

Finder might not agree with the analysis and we take no responsibility. We also give no representations or warranty on the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this page.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Is McDonalds under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value. Check out the McDonalds P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA.

McDonalds's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, McDonalds's shares trade at around 22x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the United States stock markets on average as of November 09, 2023 (20.44). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

However, McDonalds's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the industry or those of similar companies.

McDonalds's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.9285. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

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

However, it's sensible to consider McDonalds's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

McDonalds's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $13.8 billion (£10.6 billion).

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

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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2 Responses

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    AdolphinaDecember 28, 2018

    Is it possible for me to buy shares even if im not in the business or have never been in the business industry?

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      JoshuaDecember 30, 2018Finder

      Hi Adolphina,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Yes, you can buy shares even if you’re not in business. As long as you have money to invest, you can do it. You can start by comparing trading platforms on this page, take note of their features, and click on the “Go to site” green button to learn more.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

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      Joshua

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