5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: McDonald's

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fast-food giant McDonald's (NYS: MCD) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at McDonald's and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

McDonald's facts

Headquarters (Founded)Oak Brook, Ill. (1948)
Market Cap$94.2 billion
IndustryRestaurants
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$26.4 billion
ManagementCEO James Skinner (since 2004)
COO Donald Thompson (since 2010)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)36.5%
Cash/Debt$2.4 billion / $12.5 billion
Dividend Yield3%
CompetitorsStarbucks (NAS: SBUX)
Yum! Brands (NYS: YUM)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 5,623 members who have rated McDonald's believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include cncldwpntenmax and TarynOne.

This past summer, cncldwpntenmax tapped McDonald's as a tasty long-term opportunity:

They show to always be brain storming, tweaking and fine tuning an already great machine. As big as they are they continue to grind out new ways to keep up with the growth. ... They are a safe haven, and the king of the market hands down.

Currently, McDonald's even trades at a P/E of 18. That represents a discount to other fast-food stocks like Starbucks (25), Yum! (21), and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYS: CMG) (47).

CAPS member TarynOne elaborates on the bull case:

Very well-run company since reinventing themselves a few years ago, adding healthier menu items, more options for kids meals, and especially their McCafe menu items, which have lured a significant amount of former Starbucks customers. History has also shown that [McDonald's] does well despite poor economic times here at home. Internationally they are doing well, even in Europe.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of McDonald's, Starbucks, Yum! Brands, and Chipotle, as well as creating a put butterfly position in Chipotle. The Fool owns shares of Starbucks, Yum! Brands, and Chipotle. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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