McDonalds Earnings are Sizzling

As the rest of the economy struggles with the credit crunch and rising unemployment, McDonalds (MCD) has been on a tear.

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Cumulative earnings are up 42% over the past four quarters and Q4 appears to be on track with October sales up 8.2%

With strong sales and earnings results, shareholders have been rewarded with a 33% dividend increase and a $1 billion stock buy back in Q3.

The stock price has held steady in a year when the rest of the market is down 40%.

ETFs with at least a 5% concentration in McDonalds include the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) which tracks an index of companies in the automotive, household durables, apparel, hotels, restaurants, leisure, media and retailing industries.

Other McDonalds intensive ETFs:

PowerShares Dynamic Leisure & Entertainment Portfolio (PEJ)

Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Services Sector Index Fund (IYC)

Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR)

PowerShares Dynamic Food and Beverage Portfolio (PBJ)

See the ETF Directory for a complete listing of Sector ETFs.