Almost Back on the Value Menu

McDonald's (MCD) turned into an investor's dream stock after it bottomed more than nine years ago. Fallout over mad cow disease and two consecutive negative year-over-year comparisons (in 2001 and 2002) knocked the stock from $50 in 1999 to $12.10 in 2003.

Each subsequent year saw improved earnings per share, and the stock outperformed more than 99% of the 1,700 companies in Value Line's main research universe. Management went all-out on the dividend front, as well. Payouts surged from an annual rate of $0.40 in 2003 to $3.08 as of the most recent declaration....488 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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