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McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD) announced immense news Thursday morning that could produce big movements in its stock price. The firm said its CEO Don Thompson plans to step down on March 1. Thompson's resignation comes at a time when MCD has seen its sales fall in both the U.S. and around the globe. The company's chief brand officer and senior executive vice president Steve Easterbrook will replace him. MCD stock ticked up nearly 3% this morning on the news.