Last month, Mickey D's global same-store sales rose 3.3%, a figure that fell short of analysts' forecast for a 4.1% increase and the company's own guidance for a 4% increase.
One might have expected weakness in Europe (Starbucks
Here in the U.S., McDonald's same-store sales rose 3.3%. European comps rose 3.5% in Europe on strength in France, Germany, the U.K., and Russia.
In the grand scheme of things, though, McDonald's still dishes out stronger results than many peers. Burger rival Wendy's
McDonald's stock price has been easing recently because of days like this as well as macroeconomic stress. Its forward price-to-earnings ratio of 15 is cheaper than Wendy's, which trades at 20 times forward earnings, and another fast-food giant, Yum! Brands
Still, let's not forget a major risk that hangs over the Golden Arches: CEO Jim Skinner plans to retire this summer. His replacement, Don Thompson, has a tough act to follow, and the troubling global macroeconomic climate is an ongoing risk for many companies.
Investors who been waiting for an opportunity to buy McDonald's shares at better prices are getting the opportunity as the stock price recedes, but given some of the swirling uncertainties, still cheaper prices may present themselves in the near term. In other words, it's probably a good idea to wait a bit before taking a heaping helping of McDonald's shares; more bang for the buck could be coming soon.
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