McDonald's Beats Estimates, But Continues to See Weak Increases in Sales (MCD)

McDonald’s Beats Estimates, But Continues to See Weak Increases in Sales (MCD)


Fast food giant, McDonald’s Corporation(MCD) reported increased profits for Q4, beating estimates on Wednesday.

The Oak Brook, IL based company reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.4 billion, or $1.38 per share, up from $1.38 billion, or $1.33 per share last year. Analysts expected to see EPS of $1.33.

Revenue increased to 6.95 billion from $6.82 billion last year. Analyst expected revenue of $6.9 billion.

Although the company beat expectations for the quarter, MCD saw minimal increases in sales. Locations open over a year increased sales by only 0.1%, and total U.S. sales rose only 0.3%. Sales in Europe declined 0.6% and customer traffic continued to decline. Rising competition continues to weaken earnings for MCD.

McDonald’s shares were mostly flat during premarket trading Wednesday. The stock has declined -8% in the past year.

The Bottom Line
Shares of McDonald’s (MCD) have a 3.31% dividend yield, based on last nights closing stock price of $92.95. The stock has technical support in the $88-$90 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $94-$96 price levels.

McDonald’s Corporation(MCD) is not recommended at this time, holding a DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

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