Metals, medals, and meals will color in the week that lies ahead.

Remember the old Alcoa (NYSE:AA) "we can't wait for tomorrow, Alcoa can't wait" ads? Well, if you happen to be reading this on Sunday, you will have to wait for tomorrow. The aluminum giant kicks off the new trading week with its second-quarter report on Monday. Analysts expect Alcoa to earn $0.85 a share. That's a significant improvement from the $0.46 per share it earned a year earlier. If Alcoa's aim is true, it's easy to see why Alcoa can't wait for tomorrow.

Hungry for more earnings? Tuesday's got plenty of retail feeders stepping up to pacify those hunger pangs: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (NASDAQ:RMCF), Ruby Tuesday (NYSE:RI), and California Pizza Kitchen (NASDAQ:CPKI). All but California Pizza Kitchen are expected to improve on their year-ago showings.

What's black and white and hopefully read -- but not red -- all over? Publisher Gannett (NYSE:GCI), that's what. Then again, given the colorful nature of the company's USA TODAY newspaper, the whole "black and white" tag doesn't necessarily apply here. Gannett will help us color in the rocky and acquisitive newspaper industry with its fiscal second-quarter report on Wednesday. Spread the news.

Soda sippers will pop open PepsiCo's (NYSE:PEP) earnings report on Thursday. Sure, the company is a distant second in the cola wars, but Pepsi's Frito-Lay division makes it a juggernaut in salty snacks. Analysts see PepsiCo's earnings climbing from $0.70 a share in the second quarter of last year to a $0.77-per-share announcement this time around.

A rather quiet start to the month of July nabs one of the largest companies on the planet, when General Electric (NYSE:GE) closes out the week with its quarterly report.

Until next week, I remain,

Rick Munarriz

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz recommends windshield-wiper fluid when trying to look forward. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.