McDonald's November Was Not One to Remember

Fast-food colossus McDonald's (NYSE: MCD  ) disappointed investors yesterday by reporting unimpressive traffic and sales numbers for November.

McDonald's did relatively poorly in the United States, with comparable-store sales showing a 0.8% decline. Wall Street had expected an increase of 0.3%. That indicates slower traffic for McDonald's. The company's Asia-Pacific segment was also dragged down by poor numbers from Japan, where sales have been weak for more than six months.

McDonald's could be facing long-term headwinds in the United States. Fast-food workers have recently been pushing for a significantly higher minimum wage, and companies like McDonald's don't have the pricing power to pass along those higher costs to consumers.

Despite this, Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser thinks McDonald's is a great stock for income investors. It's likely to continue paying its steady, reliable dividend for years to come.

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  • Report this Comment On December 10, 2013, at 6:00 PM, GETRICHSLOW2 wrote:

    They might have their ups and downs but over the long term McDonald's will be a good investment. The one in my small town is crawling with business at all hours and yesterday I attempted to visit one in a nearby city shortly after the lunch rush and you could not get in the parking lot from so much business. Ended up going somewhere else just to avoid the crowd.

    Long McDonald's and plan to stay long for a long time.

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