Stocks Views And Recommendations: McDonald’s Corporation (MCD), Fastenal Company (FAST)

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) shares were trading higher by 0.06 percent ($0.1) at $173.25 a piece in Monday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $173.15. MCD trades with a P/S ratio of 5.99. This is higher than the industry’s 3.02 but lower compared with the wider sector’s 2943.89. A low price-to-sales ratio, typically less than 1.0, is considered a good value. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 24.74 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 25. Shares of MCD have uptrended 10.82% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved 0.64% in that time. McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) has a market cap of $140.8 billion and over the last 12 months, McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) has gone stronger by 42.87%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NYSE:MCD) price has been as high as $174.44 and as low as $118.18. McDonald’s Corporation earnings have risen with an annualized rate of 0.7% over the last 5 years.

McDonald’s Corporation (Mean Target Price: $177.07)

The average 1-year price target for McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $177.07/share. That’s a potential 2.2 increase relative to where McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $172.22 and $173.25. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $162. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $200.

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 2 for McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) also leans strongly towards the neutral end of the spectrum. Of the 35 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track MCD 10 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 25, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy McDonald’s Corporation versus those who think you should sell it. A 25 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while0 believe that investors should either steer clear of MCD or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) Cheap From Peers?

Fastenal Company (FAST) pulled off a 0.07 percent gain and now trades for $53.82. FAST comes in with a P/S ratio of 3.64 that’s greater than 1, potentially implying that it could be expensive relative to the overall sector (9.63) and its peers (4.64). Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 25.18 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 28.57. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $55.35 and as low as $39.79. Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) earnings have risen with a quarterly rate of 7.4% over the last 5 years. Shares of FAST have increased 23.58% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has gained 16.95% in that time.

Fastenal Company (Price Objective: $52.2)

Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) has a market cap of $15.47 billion and over the last 12 months, FAST has risen by 9.81%. The average 1-year price target for (FAST) reveals an average price target of $52.2 per share. That’s a potential -3.01 fall from where (NASDAQ:FAST) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $46. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $63.

Analyst Thoughts About Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 16 analysts — of 2.1 for Fastenal Company (FAST) points to moderate case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track Fastenal Company 7 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 9 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 9 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 0 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NASDAQ:FAST) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

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