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How McDonald’s Corp. Grew 25% In 6 Months

This time last year, McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) was, more or less, a stagnating company -- a solid dividend player, without too many growth initiatives to speak of. Since September, however, the stock has grown over 25%, and shows no sign of slowing down.

In this clip from the Industry Focus: Consumer Goods podcast, Sean O'Reilly, Mark Reeth, and Vincent Shen talk about how McDonald's managed to turn itself around, working some life and excitement back into the business, thanks to the changes new CEO Steve Easterbrook has made, from all-day breakfast to an updated value menu and more.

A transcript follows the video.

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This podcast was recorded on April 26, 2016.

Sean O'Reilly: So, a couple days ago, on April 22, I tweeted -- and I'm paraphrasing here, "I feel like I blinked and McDonald's shares went through $100 to $125 without my knowledge." They were hanging out at $100 for like a year, for a long time, back when we were ... and we were like, "I don't know, they're not as cool as Chipotle, they're just hanging out." Then, they introduced all-day breakfast!

Mark Reeth: Revolutionary.

O'Reilly: Is that the reason for the 25% gain? (laughs)

Reeth: I think that's absolutely part of the conversation. Again, I took a look at the numbers. Shares are up 33% in the last 12 months, which is pretty darn impressive. And to your point earlier, whenever we talked about McDonald's, it was ... it was very much ...

O'Reilly: It was boring, say it.

Reeth: Poo-poo, it's McDonald's. It's old school. We've got Chipotle up here, we've got McDonald's down here. That's been the conversation for a long time. To an certain...


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