On Monday, among thousands of companies, some of the most popular are McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD), QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), and Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS). However, before we get started looking deeper into each of these three companies, we should also take a look at two main indices from the U.S. Stock Market, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones, that are considered to define the overall condition of the country’s economy. In this way, both indices continue to gain ground, after depreciating for almost a week and closing in green only on Friday. The S&P 500 has picked up about 0.15%, while the Dow Jones has gained about 0.13%.
And now, let’s discuss more closely the trending companies on Monday. As follows, McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) edged up by about 0.7% to $95.8 per share, while the year-to-date return of the stock amounts to almost 8.6%. The P/E ratio of the company, which amounts to 17.5x, show that the company has some value in it, while the highest market cap among restaurant operators, which is over $95.7 billion, indicates that McDonald’s is a company worth a close attention from investors. McDonald’s, despite strong and fierce competition, manages to stay as one of the top fast food restaurant operators, with one of the reasons being low costs resulting from the fact that most of the McDonald’s restaurants are opened via franchisee agreements.
QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) declined by about 0.12% to $67 per share, which is close to the 52-week high of the stock, $68.5. Trailing with a P/E of 17.8x, the stock of Qualcomm returned about 8.4% since the beginning of the year. Qualcomm recently announced an agreement to sell its subsidiary Omnitracs to Vista Equity Partners for a price of $800 million paid in cash. Omnitracs is a company involved in transportation and logistics and has operations in North and Latin America.
Third is Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), which lost about 0.4% to $56.8 per share. According to Analyst Ratings Network, Las Vegas Sands got updates from analysts at several firms with Citigroup, and Deutsche Bank among them. With most analysts setting the “Buy” rating for the company and increasing their target prices, Citigroup raised its PT to $70, Sterne Agee to $67 and Zacks to $58. In its latest fiscal quarter, net revenue of Las Vegas Sands increased by almost 26% on the year and totaled $3.24 billion.