McDonald’s hikes dividend 15%

McDonald’s Corp. MCD, +1.01% said late Thursday that it plans to raise its quarterly dividend 15% to $1.16 per share from $1.01. The company said it will pay nearly $900 million in fourth quarter dividend payments. U.S. tax-law changes as well as McDonald’s strong business contributed to its ability to raise the dividend, the company said. McDonald’s also said it would see system-wide sales growth of 3% to 5%, earnings per share growth in the high single digits, and operating margins in the mid-40% range. McDonald’s stock rose 0.4% after hours and closed up 1% to $160.79 during the regular session. The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.78% rose 0.8% Thursday.

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