After an eerily calm preannouncement period, earnings season officially gets under way in the holiday-shortened coming week. "It's been pretty quiet on the earnings front for the past few weeks, but you can't read too much into that, because companies really don't have to say anything," says Brian Williamson, equity trader at Boston Company Asset Management. "And the stakes have definitely been raised, because the market still wants to see earnings growth in the face of high gas prices and the Fed's rate hikes." Thomson First Call currently projects first-quarter S&P 500 earnings growth of 10.4%, down from the fourth quarter's 14.4% rise. If the forecast holds true, it would mark the 11th consecutive quarter of double-digit profit growth, according to First Call analyst John Butters. That sort of growth streak hasn't been seen since the early 1990s. Earnings season kicks off Monday, when Dow component Alcoa ( AA - Get Report) reports results. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call expect the aluminum producer to post a profit of 51 cents a share, up from the 40 cents a share it earned last year, on $7.15 billion in revenue. Tuesday's lineup is light, though Genentech may provide some action. The biotech powerhouse is expected to report first-quarter EPS of 41 cents, up from 29 cents last year, on $1.96 billion in revenue. On Wednesday, the market will hear from the likes of Circuit City ( CC - Get Report), Gannett ( GCI - Get Report) and Gtech Holdings Harley-Davidson's earnings report is also on tap for Wednesday. Analysts expect the motorcycle maker to drive home a first-quarter profit of 86 cents a share for the quarter, up from 77 cents a year ago, on $1.29 billion in revenue. The news will be all about newspaper stocks on Thursday, when McClatchy ( MNI - Get Report), New York Times ( NYT - Get Report) and Tribune report their earnings. Also scheduled for Thursday will be the quarterly report from General Electric ( INFY). Analysts predict that the conglomerate's first-quarter earnings grew to 39 cents a share from 34 cents last year. On the top line, Wall Street expects a whopping $37.36 billion. On Friday, the market is closed for the Good Friday holiday.