U.S. consumer stocks: 1 buy & 1 hold

MCDONALD’S CORP. $163 (New York symbol MCD; Income-Growth Dividend Portfolio, Consumer sector, Shares outstanding: 775.8 million; Market cap: $126.5 billion; Dividend yield: 2.5%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Highest; www.mcdonalds.com) is the world’s largest operator of fast-food restaurants, with 37,406 outlets in 120 countries. It serves a wide variety of… Read More

Franchise shift boosts McDonald’s

MCDONALD’S CORP. $162 (New York symbol MCD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector, Shares outstanding: 785.2 million; Market cap: $127.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 5.6; Dividend yield: 2.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mcdonalds.com) is the world’s largest operator of fast-food restaurants, with 37,286 outlets in 120 countries. It serves… Read More

Two U.S. stocks that deserve our ‘Highest’ rating

Verizon and McDonald’s—two U.S. companies that carry our “Highest” Dividend Sustainability Rating. That scoring reflects not only their long-term commitment to regular dividend increases, but their improving profitability.
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. $47 (New York symbol VZ; Income-Growth Dividend Portfolio, Utilities sector, Shares outstanding: 4.1 billion; Market cap:… Read More

Adapting to fickle tastes is key to their success

Both McDonald’s and General Mills have dominated their industries for decades. However, for new buying we prefer McDonald’s given its greater success at adapting to changing consumer tastes.

MCDONALD’S CORP. $176 (New York symbol MCD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 797.2 million; Market… Read More

Fast-food giant delivers solid dividends

MCDONALD’S CORP. $164 (New York symbol MCD; Income-Growth Dividend Payer Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 810.0 million; Market cap: $132.8 billion; Dividend yield: 2.5%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Highest; www.mcdonalds.com) is the world’s largest operator of fast-food restaurants, with 36,976 outlets in 120 countries. It serves… Read More