McDonald's (MCD)

Learn everything you need to know about McDonald's and find links to beginner-friendly guides that show you the best way to invest in it.
Updated: Mar 21, 2023

About McDonald’s

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What is McDonald’s?

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McDonald’s is one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable brands. Founded in 1940 in San Bernardino, California, the fast-food restaurant chain operates in over 100 countries and serves millions of customers daily.

McDonald’s offers various menu items and is famous for its Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, and McNuggets. Alongside operating fast food restaurants, Mcdonald’s also operates coffee shops called McCafé.

How does McDonald’s make money?

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It makes money mainly through selling food and beverage items at its restaurants. It has a wide range of menu items, which varies depending on geographical location. McDonald’s sells breakfast items, burgers, fries, desserts, drinks and more.

It also generates revenue from franchising and licensing fees from its franchisees.

What is McDonald’s’s best selling product?

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Mcdonald’s biggest revenue earner is franchised restaurants. The company reports its revenue by geographic segment and type of restaurant.

In 2021, it made $94.4 billion in total sales. $27.3 billion came from the United States and $28.4 billion from its international operations. $10.7 billion came from its international development and licenced segment.

It made $28.2 billion from its company-owned restaurants, and from its franchised restaurants, it earned $66.2 billion.

Who are the key executives at McDonald’s?

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Christopher Kempczinski is McDonald’s current Chief Executive Officer. Here are a few other key executives working at the company.

  • Christopher J. Kempczinski. Pres, CEO & Director
  • Ian Frederick Borden. Exec. VP & CFO
  • Desiree Ralls-Morrison. Exec. VP, Chief Legal Officer & Corp. Sec.
  • Kevin M. Ozan. Sr. Exec. VP of Strategic Initiatives
  • Joseph Erlinger. Pres of McDonald’s USA
  • Brian S. Rice. Exec. VP & Global Chief Information Officer
  • Mike Flores. Sr. VP & Investor Relations Officer
  • Morgan Flatley. Exec. VP and Global Chief Marketing Officer & New Bus. Ventures
  • Heidi B. Capozzi. Exec. VP & Global Chief People Officer
  • Jill McDonald. Exec. VP & Pres at International Operated Markets

Where can I buy shares in McDonald’s?

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You can buy McDonald’s stock on a stock trading platform. These platforms are extremely simple to use but there are different options to suit your specific needs. If you are a first-time investor you might want to use a trading platform for beginners, while if you plan on doing a lot of trading from your phone, a stock trading app might be best.

Are there any other ways to invest in McDonald’s?

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The simplest way to invest in McDonald’s is to buy shares through a stock broker. However, you can also invest through an ETF or a fund. The best ETFs allow you to invest in the stock market more generally rather than focus on one company.

McDonald’s is part of the Nyse index, so you can invest in an ETF that tracks that index, or choose a blue chip ETF that lets you own a basket of related stocks from the same industry.

More about the MCD price

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What is the McDonald’s stock price today?

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The MCD stock price today is currently $268.01 as of 21 March, 2023. The price of McDonald’s is up 13.51% in the past 52 weeks. You can use the live McDonald’s stock chart to track the NYSE:MCD price in real time above, or compare the McDonald’s value today to its past performance using the McDonald’s financials tab at the top of this page.

What is the 52-week low for McDonald’s stock?

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The 52-week low for McDonald’s stock is $228.34. MCD stock is currently 17.19% above the 52-week low.

What is the 52-week high for McDonald’s stock?

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The 52-week high for McDonald’s stock is $281.67. MCD stock is currently 5.02% below the 52-week high.

What is the stock forecast for McDonald’s?

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The average McDonald’s stock forecast has a price target of $293.47 by the end of 2023. McDonald’s latest financial results, the broader economic outlook, and the amount of competition in the industry all influence these forecasts.

It’s best to take analyst forecasts with a grain of salt but you can use their estimates to help you understand the weight of opinion about a stock.

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Prash Raval
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