Earnings kick-off: Alcoa and KFC-owner Yum BrandsOctober 9, 2012: 11:55 AM ET
Alcoa is typically considered the kick-off to earnings since it's the first major Dow (INDU) component to report. It's also considered a bellwether of the economy because of its global reach.
But Yum may actually grab the spotlight because of its large presence in China, where report after report have been showing slowing growth.
StockTwits traders are keeping an eye on both.
The last few months have been good to Alcoa, whose stock is up just over 9%. Even year-to-date doesn't look too shabby, with the stock up almost 6%.
Still, not everyone is enamored with the aluminum producer's prospects.
Yum Brands could wind up being the more interesting of the two. China accounts for nearly half of all Yum Brands' sales. And it's why the company's stock has been on a tear.