|Bid||197.55 x 800|
|Ask||198.18 x 800|
|Day's Range||197.33 - 199.90|
|52 Week Range||153.13 - 201.15|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.34|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||26.21|
|Earnings Date||Jul 24, 2019 - Jul 29, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||4.64 (2.35%)|
|1y Target Est||215.00|
Former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq., a partner at the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC (“KSF”), announces that KSF has commenced an investigation into McDonald’s Corporation (MCD). On May 21, 2019, news sources reported the filing of 23 gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment complaints against the Company by employees, including allegations of groping, indecent exposure, sexual propositions, and lewd comments, as well as retaliatory actions taken against those who reported the behavior.
McDonald's workers hold rallies and strikes around the country; Democratic presidential hopefuls joined the fray.
I don't know what Disney (NYSE:DIS) CEO Robert Iger does day to day. However, I'm sure one of his actions over recent weeks involved a face-palming. That's because DIS stock, which is in the middle of a critical pivot, now faces a possibly severe headwind.Source: Baron Valium via FlickrMaking headlines throughout the world is the ongoing and escalating U.S.-China trade war. It's taken a lot of companies like Disney by surprise. Just a month ago, the tea leaves suggested that a resolution was imminent. Both Washington and Beijing agreed to hash out their differences.But a sharply worded Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) posting from President Trump -- is there any other kind? -- scuttled optimism. As usual, the former real-estate mogul doubled down on his about-face sentiment. Fearing losing face to its citizenry and the international community, China pushed back. The trade war is back on, and so, too, are concerns for the Disney stock price.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors For Iger, the situation must be doubly frustrating. He sat on Trump's business council two years ago and was among the execs who advised the President against igniting an all-out trade war. Interestingly, DIS stock was incredibly choppy until relations appeared to smooth out.Now, Iger is exactly where he begged the business gods not to place him in. Like a pivotal point in a Marvel action movie, just when DIS stock gained decisive momentum off its Disney+ streaming platform, shares have slammed into a wall.With competition expanding in the broader entertainment arena, China presented a glowing opportunity. A country four times the size of the U.S. population, the Asian juggernaut was a license to print money.But before giving up on Disney stock, here are three things to consider: DIS Stock Levers "Status Symbol" BrandsOn the surface, a trade war would spark a nationalistic fervor in China against the "imperialist" Americans. Building off the uproar, the Chinese government will urge (or force) its citizens to boycott all U.S.-made goods and services. Naturally, this would hurt the Disney stock price.In reality, I think the reaction toward a company like DIS will be much more nuanced. I say this because social status in China remains an important factor in everyday life.For instance, when we go grab a quick bite to eat at Pizza Hut or McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), we don't think twice about it. But in China, the situation is much different. If you want a slice at Pizza Hut in Xiamen -- owned by Yum China Holdings (NYSE:YUMC) -- you better get a reservation. I'm not kidding!Like the historical impact of the first McDonald's opening in the Soviet Union, the Chinese still have fond memories of western integration. In my view, this helps Disney stock. The underlying brand represents America in ways other brands can't quite capture.As far as status goes, it's an incredible luxury for an average Chinese family to visit Shanghai Disneyland. So, I'm not overly worried about the trade-war impact here. Disney Stock and That Content EmpireAnother area that deteriorating U.S.-China relations can't touch is Disney's content. Quite simply, the Magic Kingdom has plenty of it, and most of these licenses are extremely lucrative.If you follow my writing on InvestorPlace, you'll know that I'm generally bullish on streaming giant Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). Even with DIS getting into the mix, I'm still optimistic on NFLX because of its powerful original content.Admittedly, though, DIS is taking out Netflix's initial advantage of going first to market with the streaming platform. Moving forward, the two will compete head-to-head mostly on content, which is Disney's strength.Further favoring the Disney stock price is the changing nature of the entertainment consumer. With the mainstreaming of geek culture, most of today's successful movies are science-fiction fare or based on comic books.Of course, this is a huge boost for DIS stock because the underlying firm owns the Star Wars franchise. That is a real license to print money, trade war be damned! And when the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters later this year, I expect record-breaking sales. That includes both domestic and Chinese box offices. Disney is America's Corporate AmbassadorIf tensions get worse -- and that's more than likely -- I can see the Chinese boycotting expensive American goods. I don't think it's any coincidence that General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford Motor (NYSE:F) suffered sharp declines recently.American car companies are on life support. They're only hanging on because of Chinese demand. Surely, the communist government knows this, and they'll go after GM and Ford. By stabbing Detroit in the jugular, China can hand the U.S. a permanently ignominious defeat.But attacking Disney? I don't see it, primarily because this is the most inoffensive brand ever. For one thing, its content, products, and venues appeal to the widest audience possible. Second, Disney is a very diverse brand. Specifically, they're Asian-friendly, which is somewhat important when you're trying to court Chinese viewers.Lastly, we go back to Bob Iger and his short tenure on the President's business council. After hitting the wall that is Trump's ear canal, which helps funnel verbal cues to the President's brain, Iger quit. But in doing so, he may have endeared himself to the Chinese. As luck would have it, this may turn out to be the best move ever.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors * 4 Tech Stocks Looking Vulnerable * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Hot IPO Stocks? Compare Brokers The post 3 Reasons Why Disney Stock Could Avoid Becoming A Trade War Casualty appeared first on InvestorPlace.
CHICAGO, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, McDonald's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.16 per share of common stock payable on June 17, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 3, 2019. For important news and information regarding McDonald's, including the timing of future investor conferences and earnings calls, visit the Investor Relations section of the Company's Internet home page at www.investor.mcdonalds.com. McDonald's plans to use this website as a primary channel for publishing key information to its investors, some of which may contain material and previously non-public information.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald's restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers' efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure other protections.
McDonald’s Corp (NYSE: MCD ) said Thursday that it is not sharing any plans to join the meatless burger trend, according to CNBC . McDonald’s shares were trading down 0.79 percent at $198.39 at the time ...
With the growing trade war with China, slowing economic growth in Europe and political problems here at home, there's a lot on investor's plates these days. That could explain why the markets have gone haywire over the last few weeks. With volatility rising and big market swings now a common occurrence, the stocks to buy these days may not be the high flyers, but those come with a hefty dose of safety.The stocks to buy these days are those with steady revenues, big cash balances and a hefty dose of dividends. The kind of equities that could be immune to the various geopolitical and economic events that are plaguing the markets currently.There are plenty of studies that show if a portfolio can have a smoother ride, then returns can be better over the long haul. Given the craziness and potential for doom and gloom, these less volatile safe stocks could be exactly what the doctored ordered.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Names That Are Screaming Stocks to Buy But which are the safe stocks to buy today? Here are five that will help you ride out the summer with relative ease. McDonald's (MCD)Source: Shutterstock McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) needs no introduction. The burger joint is iconic at this point with millions of customers stepping into its restaurants daily. This flood of customers continues to produce ample revenues, cash flows and profits for MCD. The best part is that McDonald's tends to be pretty immune to the effects of the economy. People want their Big Macs and fries no matter what.That point alone makes it one of the best stocks to buy for the summer.But the burger joint is now adding a touch of growth to its safety. Over the last year or so, MCD has increased its use of technology in its restaurants. This has included updating its mobile apps, increasing options for online ordering, adding self-ordering kiosks and even began offering delivery via Uber (NYSE:UBER). However, the real win has been its forays into artificial intelligence and data mining via its buyout of Dynamic Yield. All of these initiatives are designed to boost revenues and margins.And it looks like they are working. Two years into MCD's Velocity Growth Plan and the golden arches are much more golden these days. Both sales and profits have jumped.With a yield of 2.32%. MCD stock is an ideal place to wait out the market's current volatility. Waste Management (WM)Source: Shutterstock We make a lot of trash and it has to go somewhere. Increasingly that job continues to fall toward Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM). WM owns the largest network of landfills, transfer stations, and recycling facilities in the industry. It's a massive moat that can only be matched by a few competitors. Because of this scale and virtual monopoly, Waste Management enjoys some pretty hefty pricing power.It has been successfully able to pass on price increases to customers.And WM keeps on getting bigger. The firm has been able to smartly use M&A to buyout smaller waste hauling operations to entrench its position in key areas. This includes its recent $4.9 billion buyout of Advanced Disposal (NYSE:ADSW). That deal -- like many of WM's buyouts -- will be instantly accreditive to earnings.This should be a boon to its operating income and cash flows. Already, the firm reported record profitability and operating cash flow for 2018. But with the addition of new customers and continued volume strength, Waste should keep the growth going. This should benefit shareholders as well.WM has become a dividend champion and it has consistently increased its dividend for the last 15 years straight -- with a compound annual growth rate of about 6% over the last five years. Currently, shares yield 1.9%. * 7 Marijuana Stocks to Play the CBD Trend All in all, WM has the goods to be one of the best stocks to buy this summer. Consolidated Edison (ED)Source: Shutterstock Utilities are known for their safety and steadfast nature. After all, you have to keep the lights on and heating your home despite what the economy is doing. This makes them a prime stock to buy when the going gets rough. And none could be stodgier than Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED).ConEd has been providing electricity, steam and natural gas for metropolitan New York for more than 180 years. New York is a tough town, but NYC, Westchester, and New Jersey feature strong economic fundamentals and continued growing populations. This has allowed ED to "keep the lights on" for itself as well as reward shareholders.In fact, Con Ed has managed to grow its payout for roughly five decades. The latest was another 3.5% bump at the start of the year.And the dividends could keep coming in. ED has earmarked around $12 billion in CAPEX spending over the next two years. The key is that the vast bulk is going towards its regulated operations. That's a key factor in determining future rate hikes and profits at a utility. With improvements on this side, ED should be able to boost its cash flows further.In the meantime, the safety of being the utility in the biggest city in the U.S. has plenty of advantages for a rocky market. During the last downturn in 2008, ED held up better than the broader market. ED currently yields 3.38%. Aflac (AFL)Source: Shutterstock The duck, its quack and those commercials are pretty iconic. But the parent company is pretty darn iconic as well. Aflac Inc. (NYSE:AFL) makes an ideal stock to buy for this summer.AFL provides so-called voluntary supplemental health and life insurance products. This niche -- and Aflac is the leader -- is generally a high-margined insurance variety. This provides AFL with plenty of underwriting profits. Moreover, AFL has been very smart with its float and has used it to generate plenty of returns. Net investment income jumped 1.1% and 4% in the last quarter for its U.S. and Japanese operations, respectively. The combination of strong underwriting and gains on its float/investment portfolio have allowed AFL to up its guidance for the rest of the year.At the same time, AFL's conservative nature has allowed it to become a dividend machine. The duck has been paying increasing dividends for 36 years. The latest was nearly a 4% increase at the start of the year. With a low payout ratio -- of less than 30% -- there's plenty of wiggle room left for AFL to keep the payout growing socially if profits keep rising. * 10 Small-Cap Stocks That Look Like Bargains Overall, Aflac represents a strong niche insurance agency with conservative fundamentals. It's exactly the kind of stock to buy for a rocky market like this one. iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF (USMV)Source: Shutterstock The best safe stocks to buy this summer might actually be all of them. And that's where the iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF (NYSEARCA:USMV) comes in.USMV tracks a smart-beta index that uses various screens to kick out high-volatility stocks in order to capture the upside of the market while eliminating the downside. With the exchange-traded fund, you're basically buying all the stocks on this list with one ticker. And so far, USMV has delivered on its promise of providing a smoother ride for portfolios.Since its inception in November 2011, USMV has managed to capture roughly 82% of the S&P 500's gains, while only realizing about 56% of its losses. This past December, when the market's imploded, the S&P 500 lost 9%. USMV only lost 7%. This highlights that the stocks to buy are safe ones in this rocky environment.This summer, investors can swap USMV for a core index holding or use it to boost the robustness of an equity portfolio and provide a safety net for the summer. USMV features an expense ratio of just 0.15%, or $15 annually per $10,000 invested.As of this writing, Aaron Levitt did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer appeared first on InvestorPlace.
McDonald's executives say at its annual shareholders meeting that the company is monitoring plant-based meat substitutes. The burger chain has been under pressure to add a veggie burger. Rivals have added their own versions with patties from Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.
As a part of a push to increase the minimum wage for American workers, Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator and Democratic presidential candidate, on Thursday waded into a dispute between McDonald's Corp and its employees. Sanders, one of the two dozen Democrats running for the Democratic presidential nomination, held a virtual town hall, taking questions from McDonald's workers in Dallas who protested the company's annual shareholders’ meeting. "You guys are being exploited," Sanders, speaking from Washington, told the workers.
Wall Street is under pressure, but a handful of stocks are breaking out to new highs. McDonald's MCD , Waste Management WM , Hershey HSY , Visa V and Costco COST have notched records this month, while ConEd ED has surged to 52-week highs. Bill Baruch , president of Blue Line Futures, said these remain solid long-term investments, but under-the-surface indicators suggest they could be in for a near-term breather.
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Mcdonald's (NYSE:MCD) brings predictability in a volatile world and the past few weeks has demonstrated McDonald's stock has the same stability.Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrInvestors have been feeling the whiplash of the last couple of weeks. Major indices swinging a full percentage points intraday or a couple of points in one direction, then reversing the next have become the new normal. Volatility reared its head but seems to have died down just as quickly as it rose.Over the last two weeks, the S&P 500 has lost 0.8 percent. Meanwhile companies like McDonald's and Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) looked really strong amidst the volatility. Both stocks posted gInvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential ains with McDonald's stock up almost a percent over the time period and DRI making a big 4.5 percent up.Even Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) has been making new highs, indicative of the demand for names in the restaurant sectors though still looking expensive from a valuation standpoint. A Closer Look at McDonald's StockIt may be surprising for some investors to hear that Mcdonald's bought a machine learning startup called Dynamic Yield for $300 million in March. Yes, it is at its core a fast casual chain, but that's just the past and the present. In the future Mcdonald's will still be selling Happy Meals but how they sell in undergoing a shift.The future is about understanding customers and how to improve sales based on its dynamic menu. Taking into account factors like weather, the technology will redesign the display on the menu. On a hot day, for example, McFlurry's are likely to be front and center.MCD will be rolling this AI technology out across 1,000 locations in the next couple months and will eventually reach all 14,000 US restaurants as well as their international stores.It's hard to assess just how much this will add to the Company's top line as it isn't exactly an event-based catalyst. What it does ensure is consistent revenue growth over the next few quarters as the technology extends throughout their entire ecosystem of restaurants.While it's true that MCD stock doesn't look particularly cheap at 26x earnings, with the addition of AI technology, they have here another lever for growth. So maybe 26x isn't all that rich a multiple after all. An Upscale AlternativeDRI had a big third quarter, showing that momentum is on their side. Total sales increased 5.5 percent and same-restaurant sales increased as well to the tune of 2.8 percent. Standout performers for comp sales included Olive Garden (up 4.3 percent), LongHorn Steakhouse (up 3.8 percent) and The Capital Grille (up 4.3 percent).After a tepid second quarter with just 2.1 percent growth in same-restaurant sales, DRI has bounced back. Expectations for the fourth quarter are in line with the most recent quarter.Darden exceeded top line expectations due to market share gains. This reaffirms that management's strategy is working. Across the portfolio of 1,700 restaurants, Darden continues to invest in brands that create exceptional dining experiences. Management has also continued to support its shareholders with a continuation of its share repurchase program.Given the strong quarterly figures, Darden increased its financial outlook for fiscal 2019 and for the fourth quarter. Sales growth notched up to match the third quarter number of 5.5 percent as did expectations for comparable sales growth. All in all, it paints a rosy picture for DRI stock in the second half of the year.As of this writing, Luce Emerson did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Stocks to Buy for Over 20% Upside Potential * 5 Large-Cap Stocks Holding Steady Amid Trade War Concerns * 7 ETFs for Healthy Healthcare REITs Compare Brokers The post McDonald's Stock Is One of Two Restaurant Stocks for Stability appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald's restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers' efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure other protections. (May 23)
Former Fox News Host Gretchen Carlson shown a light on workplace harassment at McDonald's in her documentary "Breaking the Silence." As demonstrators took to the streets to protest the company Wednesday, Carlson joins CBSN to discuss the evolution of the #MeToo movement since she sued and won a harassment case against her former boss Roger Ailes in 2016.
McDonald's workers in Chicago say they feel unsafe at work after witnessing gunfire and other acts of violence inside their restaurants. They protested outside a South Side store on Wednesday. (May 22).