Analysts denied the likelihood of a deal whereby private equity firms might take a stake in McDonald’s real estate assets. The shares fell 4.3% on Friday after analysts poured doubt on the conjecture. But it was not enough to puncture a positive five days for the fast food giant which rose 6.2% on the week to $33.25 (£18.32). Financial Times (Money & Business) 13/08/04 page 18 (Markets Week – Wall Street)