If you've grabbed a quick bite at Taco Bell, KFC, or Pizza Hut lately, see if you can find yourself in Monday's quarterly report out of Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM). Despite the cheesy name, Yum! Brands watches over many fast-food concepts with cheese-laden appeal.

The pros expect the restaurateur to earn $0.45 a share for the period, slightly ahead of the $0.41 a share it earned a year earlier. If you're hoping for a little more than that, the trend may be your friend. Yum! has beaten analyst projections in each of the last six quarters.

Another company that knows how to work some culinary magic with cheese -- California Pizza Kitchen (NASDAQ:CPKI) -- reports on Tuesday. If you're full of eatery stocks by then, check out what aluminum titan Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has to say as it posts its fiscal third-quarter report.

If it's Wednesday, it must be time for Costco (NASDAQ:COST). The warehouse club that once spooked conventional grocers (and now arms shoppers with great deals in bulk) checks in with its fiscal fourth-quarter numbers. Followers expect earnings to climb 11% to hit $0.83 a share for the period.

(NYSE:PEP) pours out income Thursday. What does the pop star have in common with one of the other companies chiming in this week? That's right -- it's the company that spun off Yum! Brands a few years ago.

What's the banking industry like in India? Beats me, but I'm sure HDFC (NYSE:HDB) knows. The Mumbai-based financial services provider closes out the trading week with its quarterly report. With investors rallying behind the stocks in the world's second most populous nation, maybe I need to brush up a little more on those Mumbai bankers.

Until next week, I remain,
Rick Munarriz

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