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Starbucks Changes Direction with Big Drive-Thru Plans

One of the bolder initiatives Starbucks announced during last week's quarterly conference call was that 60 percent of the 1,500 new U.S. locations the barista-tended chain plans to open through the next five years will have drive-thru windows.

Why Yahoo! Gets So Much Attention

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) barely made the Fortune 500 last year, ranking 485th. However, for a company its size, it receives unbelievable press and...

Will Open Letter to McDonald's Bite Into Profits?

McDonald's got a letter from 550 health experts Wednesday accusing the fast food giant of ignoring the impact its products -- and its marketing -- have on America's children. It's not the first such criticism of McDonald's, but so far, the attacks don't appear to have hurt its sales.

Apple Tops Google to Become Most Valuable Brand

Tech giant Apple has blown by Internet behemoth Google to become the world's most valuable brand, according to branding research firm Millward Brown. See which other companies made the list.

McDonald's Sales Rise 5.3% in January

McDonald's is reporting a 5.3 percent rise in January sales at locations open more than a year, giving credit to its McCafe hot chocolate, Chicken...

Why Gold Has Been Knocked Off Its Highs

Friday's action notwithstanding, in which gold prices rose as the stock market sold off, safe-haven assets are suffering at the expensive of equities and other riskier assets. That's what happens when the global economy appears to be picking up steam.

Face-Off on Stocks: McDonald's, Yum, Wendy's/Arby's

fast-food restaurants appear to have put the worst of the downturn in consumer discretionary spending behind them, but new industrywide challenges have emerged for 2011. That got us wondering if there's fast money to be made in fast-food stocks -- or if shares are too hard to swallow at current levels.

Dow Rallies on Tech Stocks. Next Stop 12,000?

Stocks closed sharply higher Monday with the Dow Jones posting a triple-digit gain as technology stocks rallied after Intel raised its dividend and expanded its share repurchase program by $10 billion. The index last saw 12,000 in June 2008 -- on the way down.

This Week: Major Earnings and Reports Every Day

With corporate earnings season in full swing -- watch for McDonalds, along with Catepillar, Amazon and other -- and with the Fed meeting on interest rates, the GDP estimate and housing numbers coming out -- the week ahead is expected to be quite busy.

11 People to Watch in Business for 2011

They may not make the headlines, but the folks on this list of key corporate executives will likely have an outsize impact across all sectors of American business in 2011 -- from communications to household products to fast food to social networking.

Seven Bosses We'd Like to See Go Undercover

It's great fun to see big-shot CEOs get out of their corner offices on the TV hit, Undercover Boss. But it would be even more fun to see America's true corporate titans on the show. We imagine undercover assignments for Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, BP's Bob Dudley and others.

Not Lovin' It: New TV Ad Targets McDonald's Fatty Food

He's not lovin' it: A new television advertisement is suggesting that McDonald's food is so bad for people's health that it can lead to premature death. The ad, paid for by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will begin to air in the Washington, D.C., area this week.

Organic Egg Sellers Scramble to Keep Up With New Demand

The recall of half a billion eggs potentially tainted by salmonella has scared the bejesus out of U.S. consumers, who are showing an increasing willingness to pay higher prices for safer eggs. Organic and premium egg producers now say they are stretching to keep up with rising demand.

Stocks With Safe Yield Can Comfort Investors

The weakening stock market has investors fleeing for safe havens, like bonds. But some companies have a lot of cash, high operating margins and stocks with high yields -- far better ones than most bonds currently.

What Will This Week's Earnings Signal?

After the Dow's 261-point belly flop to end last week on what were, after all, better-than-expected bank earnings, investors may be forgiven for feeling rather queasy after checking out this week's earnings calendar, which includes 120 of the S&P 500.

Will Jamie Oliver Put Fast Food on the Run?

Streetwise British chef Jamie Oliver is shaking up America's ideas of what foods are worth eating and feeding to schoolkids with his Food Revolution show set in one of the country's unhealthiest cities. The reality TV show hits home for many kids and parents watching and has set food bloggers a-twitter. Are processed food makers paying attention?

Subway Takes on McDonald's in China

The founder of Subway says he hopes the number of his Subway outlets in China can match the number of McDonald's restaurants in 10 years.