McDonald's Chief Jim Skinner Retires: Hot Trends

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Popular searches on the Internet Thursday include McDonald's ( MCD) on news that CEO Jim Skinner is retiring.

Skinner, who has been with McDonald's for 41 years and has been CEO since 2004, will hand the reigns to company President Donald Thompson when he steps down on June 30. Thompson, who will take over the next day, will be the first African American to head the fast food chain since its founding in 1955.

Skinner was among the executives who developed the "Plan to Win" in 2003, which is credited for turning around the company through scaling back on new stores, cutting unprofitable businesses and expanding its menu.


Zynga ( ZNGA) is trending after the company agreed to buy OMGPOP, maker of the popular Draw Something game, for a reported roughly $200 million.

The transaction is Zynga's largest to date. Zynga has said it didn't buy the company just for the Draw Something game, but for the fact that it believes OMGPOP has a lot of great ideas in its pipeline. According to Zynga, Draw Something has sparked 35 million downloads and risen to the top of the Apple and Android app charts in 84 countries. Zynga reportedly plans to help translate the game into more languages and develop it for more Android devices.


Starbucks ( SBUX) is another popular topic as the world's largest coffee chain announced plans to roll out a new line of "natural" energy drinks, called Refreshers.

Starbucks Refreshers will be composed of unroasted green coffee extract and will be a fruity, carbonated drink high in antioxidants. It will come in flavors like Raspberry Pomegranate and Orange Melon, and 12-ounce, 60-calorie cans will sell for $1.99. Each can will have 40 to 55 milligrams of caffeine, one-third the amount of an 8-ounce coffee. Starbucks Refreshers will be sold at 160,000 grocers by late April and will be available in made-to-order versions at Starbucks stores by July.


The chatter on Main Street (a.k.a. Google, Yahoo! and other search sites) is always of interest to investors on Wall Street. Thus, each day, TheStreet compiles the stories that are trending on the Web, and highlights the news that could make stocks move.

-- Written by Brittany Umar.
Brittany joined TheStreet.com TV in November 2006 after completing a degree in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers College. Previously, Brittany interned at the local ABC affiliate in New York City WABC-TV 7 where she helped research and produce On Your Side, a popular consumer advocacy segment.

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