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McDonalds Corp (MCD) Climbs to a 52 Week High

Jun 20 2011

The company is roughly a month away from releasing their current quarterly earnings after meeting their past four quarters right on or slightly better than expected. This current period has seen its estimate increased from $1.25 a share to $1.28 a share over the past 90 days. Revenue expectations are also expected to increase when compared to the same quarter last year.

The P/E ratio is a reasonable 17.47 at todays close with the PEG Ratio slightly above 1.60. Growth is expected to be 13.30%, slightly below what you would like to see from a value perspective.

McDonalds Corp was recently mentioned in a BizJournals article as one of the companies that could perform well over the summer even as the markets slump. YUM Brands, Nike, Fossil and Tiffany & Co were also considered to be strong players in decent industries for the current market condition.

Options for MCD are not as active as you might expect for a large organization. The July 11 Call and Puts were the most active today with all losing some value as the stock hovered around the break even point at its 52 week high.

The chart of the stock has broken above the May high which is a positive trend. I think you could trade McDonalds up until its earnings announcement and hope that sales number come in close to expectations while holding a position.

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