McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) Shares Slip, Investors Watching Closely, Here is Why

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) shares fell in early trading yesterday lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

Shares of McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) were downgraded by analysts at Vetr Inc. in a note to their investors today. The company currently has a rating of Sell on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have spoken on the stock in recent days, and McDonald’s Corporation has earned a consensus one-year price target of $128.08, higher than the opening price of $120.76. McDonald’s Corporation stock has a 52-week high of $131.96. considerable and integral digressions in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts feel that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the original recommendation.

Yesterday McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) shares last traded at $120.47, which represents a dip of $0.29 from the previous closing price. Opening at $120.76, they fluctuated from $120.33 and $121.06 throughout the day.

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) now has a market cap of 100.04B.

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) Average Daily Trading Volume

383,714 shares traded hands yesterday, 77 percent below normal, out of a total float 830,069,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship just refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good validation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are researching.

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) now has a 50-day MA of $121.14 and 200-day MA of $118.05. It has traded in a 52-week range between $110.33 – 131.96 and today’s last price is 8.71%% lower than the 52 week high of $131.96.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have increased their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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