S&P 500   4,544.90
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S&P 500   4,544.90
DOW   35,677.02
QQQ   374.10
S&P 500   4,544.90
DOW   35,677.02
QQQ   374.10
S&P 500   4,544.90
DOW   35,677.02
QQQ   374.10

McDonald's Stock Competitors

-2.96 (-1.23 %)
(As of 10/22/2021 04:00 PM ET)
Today's Range
50-Day Range
52-Week Range
Volume3.28 million shs
Average Volume2.71 million shs
Market Capitalization$178.07 billion
P/E Ratio25.95
Dividend Yield2.13%


Should you be buying McDonald's stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of McDonald's include Starbucks (SBUX), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Yum! Brands (YUM), Darden Restaurants (DRI), Domino's Pizza (DPZ), Texas Roadhouse (TXRH), The Wendy's (WEN), Papa John's International (PZZA), Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL), and The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE). These companies are all part of the "restaurants" industry.

McDonald's vs.

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) and McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) are both large-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, community ranking and media sentiment.

In the previous week, Chipotle Mexican Grill had 46 more articles in the media than McDonald's. MarketBeat recorded 64 mentions for Chipotle Mexican Grill and 18 mentions for McDonald's. Chipotle Mexican Grill's average media sentiment score of 0.64 beat McDonald's' score of -0.02 indicating that Chipotle Mexican Grill is being referred to more favorably in the media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Chipotle Mexican Grill
11 Very Positive mention(s)
14 Positive mention(s)
16 Neutral mention(s)
3 Negative mention(s)
1 Very Negative mention(s)
2 Very Positive mention(s)
4 Positive mention(s)
6 Neutral mention(s)
2 Negative mention(s)
4 Very Negative mention(s)

90.3% of Chipotle Mexican Grill shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.3% of McDonald's shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Chipotle Mexican Grill shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of McDonald's shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

McDonald's has higher revenue and earnings than Chipotle Mexican Grill. McDonald's is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Chipotle Mexican Grill, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Chipotle Mexican Grill$5.98 billion8.41$355.77 million$10.73167.03
McDonald's$19.21 billion9.27$4.73 billion$6.0539.41

Chipotle Mexican Grill has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, McDonald's has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Chipotle Mexican Grill presently has a consensus price target of $1,988.15, indicating a potential upside of 10.93%. McDonald's has a consensus price target of $261.59, indicating a potential upside of 9.71%. Given Chipotle Mexican Grill's higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Chipotle Mexican Grill is more favorable than McDonald's.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chipotle Mexican Grill
0 Sell rating(s)
8 Hold rating(s)
18 Buy rating(s)
1 Strong Buy rating(s)
0 Sell rating(s)
5 Hold rating(s)
25 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)

McDonald's received 365 more outperform votes than Chipotle Mexican Grill when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 74.29% of users gave McDonald's an outperform vote while only 61.64% of users gave Chipotle Mexican Grill an outperform vote.

Chipotle Mexican GrillOutperform Votes
Underperform Votes
McDonald'sOutperform Votes
Underperform Votes

McDonald's has a net margin of 31.72% compared to Chipotle Mexican Grill's net margin of 8.57%. Chipotle Mexican Grill's return on equity of 28.27% beat McDonald's' return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chipotle Mexican Grill 8.57% 28.27% 9.50%
McDonald's 31.72% -83.98% 11.94%


Chipotle Mexican Grill beats McDonald's on 10 of the 19 factors compared between the two stocks.

New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

This chart shows the number of new MarketBeat users adding MCD and its top 5 competitors to their watchlist. Each company is represented with a line over a 90 day period.
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Media Sentiment Over Time

This chart shows the average media sentiment of NYSE and its competitors over the past 90 days as caculated by MarketBeat. The averaged score is equivalent to the following: Very Negative Sentiment <= -1.5, Negative Sentiment >-1.5 and <= -0.5, Neutral Sentiment > -0.5 and < 0.5, Positive Sentiment >= 0.5 and < 1.5, and Very Positive Sentiment >= 1.5.
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McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) vs. Its Competitors

TypeMcDonald'sEating places IndustryRetail SectorNYSE Exchange
Dividend Yield2.13%2.75%180.82%2.97%
P/E Ratio25.9523.6822.0827.84
Net Margins31.72%3.61%-11.20%-85.78%

McDonald's Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
3.087 of 5 stars
+26.2%$135.07B$23.52B47.93349,000Upcoming Earnings
Chipotle Mexican Grill
2.5422 of 5 stars
+33.8%$50.35B$5.98B87.1788,000Earnings Report
Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Gap Up
High Trading Volume
Yum! Brands
2.5914 of 5 stars
+25.0%$37.42B$5.65B29.032,020Upcoming Earnings
Darden Restaurants
2.6972 of 5 stars
Domino's Pizza
2.8921 of 5 stars
Texas Roadhouse
2.8158 of 5 stars
+23.9%$6.26B$2.40B33.3161,600Upcoming Earnings
Analyst Report
Options Volume
The Wendy's
2.9913 of 5 stars
Papa John's International
2.594 of 5 stars
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
2.6493 of 5 stars
+4.2%$3.06B$2.52B12.732,020News Coverage
The Cheesecake Factory
2.571 of 5 stars
+29.4%$2.21B$1.98B-33.3542,500Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
Gap Down
Jack in the Box
3.3606 of 5 stars
+14.0%$2.17B$1.02B13.855,200News Coverage
Brinker International
2.8882 of 5 stars
-0.3%$2.03B$3.34B15.9462,200Earnings Report
Upcoming Earnings
Analyst Downgrade
Options Volume
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Bloomin' Brands
2.1783 of 5 stars
+35.7%$1.97B$3.17B21.6477,000Analyst Downgrade
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Dine Brands Global
2.5764 of 5 stars
2.1906 of 5 stars
+53.8%$1.02B$288.61M32.983,100Analyst Upgrade
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
BJ's Restaurants
2.3269 of 5 stars
+14.9%$837.26M$778.51M-36.3017,000Earnings Report
Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Gap Down
High Trading Volume
Ruth's Hospitality Group
2.4531 of 5 stars
+58.6%$669.09M$277.75M37.694,363Upcoming Earnings
Analyst Report
News Coverage
RCI Hospitality
2.1148 of 5 stars
+175.8%$628.20M$132.33M24.842,074Positive News
1.7665 of 5 stars
+26.9%$591.51M$320.95M26.186,100Analyst Report
News Coverage
Gap Down
1.8681 of 5 stars
N/A+73.3%$378.80M$433.68M0.523,862Positive News
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
2.5748 of 5 stars
Fiesta Restaurant Group
2.3148 of 5 stars
Nathan's Famous
1.5915 of 5 stars
Carrols Restaurant Group
2.6631 of 5 stars
-39.4%$209.20M$1.55B-6.3826,500Analyst Downgrade
Gap Down
High Trading Volume
1.5464 of 5 stars
N/A+81.4%$153.92M$214.02M-6.213,074Dividend Announcement
High Trading Volume
This page was last updated on 10/24/2021 by MarketBeat.com Staff


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