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McDonald’s makes comeback with record high

The stock market loves all-day McMuffins and McGriddles, too.

Driven partially by the popularity of its new all-day breakfast program, McDonald's shares hit a record high on Wednesday, even as the market as a whole stagnates. This marked a notable change from recent years, when McDonald's was marred with stagnant sales, dwindling popularity and badly underperforming shares.

"Who would expect that McDonald's is the number one performing Dow stock over the last year?" said Eddy Elfenbein, editor of Crossing Wall Street. "It was in September that the company tweeted news of the all-day breakfast, and since then it's up nearly 40 percent."

The huge uptrend largely came from a year where McDonald's reasserted itself in the U.S. and internationally. The significant sales increases drove the fast-food giant to crush forecasts when it reported first-quarter earnings in April.

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According to Stacey Gilbert, head of derivative trading at Susquehanna, options traders are taking notice.

"[We aren't seeing] aggressive put buyers, this would be investors concerned about a pullback," she said Wednesday on CNBC's "Power Lunch." "We are seeing buyers of calls, buyers of these options looking for continued upside."

"Investors are not pricing in significant risk. This is very different than consumer discretionary as a whole, which definitely has a more bearish tone," she added.

But some traders caution that the Golden Arches might be at a standstill once again, especially given how much McDonald's beat their first-quarter earnings estimates.

"[McDonald's may have hit] another new all-time high today, but I think now that it's going about 23 times earnings, I think it's had a pretty good run. I don't see it being able to run much further from here," said Elfenbein.

Indeed, at $132.04, the average analyst price target (per FactSet) is just 2 percent above the stock's Wednesday closing price.

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