More on McDonald's (MCD): A few gems from the restaurant operator despite the headline drop in global sales. The chicken contamination issue in China that wrecked sales for Taco Bell didn't seem to carry over to McDonald's to the same extent. Though the winter weather in the U.S. is a tired excuse, the company did run up against a tough comp with last year's weather much milder. In Europe, sales trends are firming up in key regions. Still, the extended chart on MCD sales looks a bit grim. MCD +1.3% premarket.