Business briefs: McDonald's stock goes up

McDonald's Corp’s stock surged to an all-time high of $54.68 after it announced the largest dividend increase in its history and pledged to return more money to shareholders than Wall Street expected. The dollar’s record low against the euro also boosted McDonald’s (MCD), which has more than 6,000 restaurants in Europe. The increase came a day after McDonald’s raised its annual dividend.

ALAN GREENSPAN

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