S&P 500 Winners: McDonald’s and 2 Power Stocks Bucking the Market Sell Off

The S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) is down today by 1.81% and stands at 1,238. Here are three winning stocks avoiding the carnage:

McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) reports an increase of 7.4% in worldwide comparable sales in November, including a 6.5% rise in the U.S. besting analysts’ unanimous estimate for 4.5% gain. According to the company, the addition of the seasonal Peppermint Mocha and a Chicken McNuggets promotion helped lift sales for the month.

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): Samsung’s bid in the French courts for an injunction banning iPhone 4S sales within France was rejected. A second hearing will be held next week in an Italian court on a similar ban attempt.  Apple and Samsung are now “embroiled in more than 30 lawsuits in a minimum of 12 courts in at least 9 countries on 4 continents,” according to Florian Mueller.

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL): Goldman Sachs resumes coverage of oil service stocks (NYSE:OIH) with an Attractive rating, and placing Halliburton, down 35% from its recent peak and priced near its historical cyclical-low multiples, on its Conviction Buy List.

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