(Information on McDonald's McRib and Rock-Tenn's plans to buy Smurfit-Stone updated in today's Hot Trends article.)NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "McRib" is a trending search topic after McDonald's ( MCD) reported mixed fourth-quarter results this morning. Earnings rose 1.6% in the fourth quarter to $1.24 billion, or $1.16 per share, compared with year-earlier earnings of $1.22 billion, or $1.11 per share. Analysts' had expected McDonald's
Improved sales results at McDonald's were attributed to the limited-time offering of the McRib sandwich, low-priced menu items, the popular Monopoly promotion and the introduction of the Caramel Mocha to the McCafe lineup of beverages.
"Smurfit-Stone" is a heavily searched topic today after Rock-Tenn ( RKT) announced its plan to buy the paperboard packaging company for about $3.5 billion. The news comes seven months after Smurfit-Stone ( SSCC) emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Rock-Tenn will pay a total of $35 for each share of Smurfit-Stone, which represents a 27% premium to its closing stock price Friday. Through the cash-and-stock deal, Smurfit-Stone will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Rock-Tenn. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.
"Tax preparation" is a trending search topic today as the Internal Revenue Service is offering taxpayers assistance in preparing and filing taxes.