McDonald's: An Owner's Manual for Investors

A newly remodeled McDonald's location. Image source: McDonald's.

There are a number of specific details that investors in McDonald's should know about its stock. The slideshow below covers a handful of them, walking readers through a broad but brief analysis of the fast-food giant from a shareholder's perspective.

While McDonald's may be struggling to maintain market share against the likes of Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, the slideshow makes clear that the Big Mac maker is still an incredibly profitable company that rewards investors in multiple ways:

  • Its shares yield 3.1%, handily outpacing the S&P 500's dividend yield of 2.1%.
  • It bought back $5.7 billion worth of stock over the past 12 months, decreasing its outstanding share count by 4.9%.
  • And its shares have outperformed the S&P 500 over the past decade by a factor of 3.3.

To learn more about McDonald's, scroll through the following slideshow, which is designed to serve as an owner's manual for the company's shareholders.

All data in the slideshow was sourced from on Nov. 30, 2015. Image sources: McDonald's, iStock/Thinkstock.

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