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$89.4 billion
IndustryRestaurants
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$27.4 billion
ManagementCEO Donald Thompson (since July 2012)
CFO Peter Bensen (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)36.2%
Cash/Debt$2.3 billion / $12.8 billion
Dividend Yield3.2%
CompetitorsBurger King Worldwide
Doctor's Associates
Yum! Brands

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 5,980 members who have rated McDonald's believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, tichtalk, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

McDonald's is by far the strongest company in the quick service restaurant industry and is consistently the first mover. It has positioned itself as the industry leader, with the highest market capitalization. The firm also has a very strong balance sheet and has great executive leadership. Although input prices are rising, McDonald's has great buyer power.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of McDonald's. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of McDonald's. 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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