McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) were given buy recommendations as final trades of the day this afternoon, while Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) was saddled with a call to short it. The final trades were offered by the Fast Money crew on CNBC today.
Starting with Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD), it’s just the latest instance of investor jitters over the company’s future. Late last week, Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) was downgraded by Fitch Ratings, who cited numerous concerns related to the company’s sagging operations. Included among those concerns are negative EBITDA (and growing), a crumbling top line, and cash flow concerns that could greatly affect the options at Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD)’s disposal for turning around their operations. Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) is already down 4% for the month and 31% in 2014.
On the other hand, it’s good news for Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) who is predicted to continue benefiting from the Alibaba IPO, the immense value of which had not been properly reflected in Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)’s stock price. The stock has risen 17% this month as a result, and is expected to continue rising up until the date of the IPO lands.
While the first two choices were rather cut and dry in terms of overall market sentiment, McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) is a rather interesting buy choice, even with the caveat of a long position. The company has suffered through poor same store sales growth, is losing younger adults to other fast food options in the U.S, and has dealt with scandals in Russia and China.
Year-to-date McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) is down 3.5%, and has already rebounded slightly from a steep drop last week that brought it to its lowest point in almost two years. It doesn’t appear to have much room for a further rebound, at least short term. Many analysts do still have price targets in the $100 range on the stock, but overall sentiment is cool, and some have even suggested it is very overpriced at the moment, so take the final buy recommendation of the day with a grain of salt.