Latest Stocks: Somewhat Negative Press Coverage Likely to Affect McDonald’s Co. (MCD) Stock Price

Latest Stocks: Somewhat Negative Press Coverage Likely to Affect McDonald’s Co. (MCD) Stock Price

Media coverage about McDonald's Co. (NYSE:MCD) has trended somewhat negative on Tuesday, AlphaOne reports. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. McDonald's Co. earned a coverage optimism score of -0.10 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned headlines about the fast-food giant an impact score of 76 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment’s scoring:

MCD has been the subject of several recent research reports. Barclays PLC increased their price objective on McDonald's Co. from $139.00 to $155.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 26th. Sanford C. Bernstein reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $170.00 price objective (up from $160.00) on shares of McDonald's Co. in a research note on Thursday, May 25th. Piper Jaffray Companies upped their target price on McDonald's Co. from $140.00 to $153.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 26th. Telsey Advisory Group upped their target price on McDonald's Co. from $130.00 to $136.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, March 3rd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $157.00 target price (up from $137.00) on shares of McDonald's Co. in a report on Saturday, April 29th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and nineteen have given a buy rating to the company. McDonald's Co. currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $142.71. McDonald's Co. (NYSE:MCD) opened at 152.79 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $124.53 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.97 and a beta of 0.69. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $143.88 and its 200 day moving average price is $129.68. McDonald's Co. has a 52-week low of $110.33 and a 52-week high of $153.90.

McDonald's Co. (NYSE:MCD) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th. The fast-food giant reported $1.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.33 by $0.14. McDonald's Co. had a net margin of 18.93% and a return on equity of 514.39%. The company had revenue of $5.68 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.53 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.23 earnings per share. McDonald's Co.’s quarterly revenue was down 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts forecast that McDonald's Co. will post $6.38 EPS for the current year. The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 5th will be issued a $0.94 dividend. This represents a $3.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.46%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 1st. McDonald's Co.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 69.37%.

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