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On today's edition of "MarketFoolery," the new daily podcast from The Motley Fool, we dig into the following topics:

Alcoa (NYSE: AA) kicked off earnings season with a less-than-strong start. What's the challenge facing Alcoa that will affect other companies this earnings season?

The New York Stock Exchange's building is undergoing renovations in the hopes that it will be more attractive to event planners. What does it say about Wall Street (and our economy) that the NYSE will be rented out for cocktail parties?

Parents magazine came out with its list of the best family-friendly restaurants, with Cosi (Nasdaq: COSI), Chipotle (NYSE: CMG), and P.F. Chang's (Nasdaq: PFCB) cracking the top five. So how investor-friendly are these restaurants? Our analysts pick their favorite restaurant stock for the next five years, as one of them stretches the definition of the phrase "restaurant stock."

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