First-quarter earnings are set to flood the market starting this week, with reports from such heavy hitters as McDonald’s, Yum! Brands, Chipotle, The Cheesecake Factory and BJ’s Restaurants, and early signs point to a positive quarter for most brands, despite increased commodity costs and fears about rising gas prices. Wednesday evening, casual-dining chains BJ’s and The Cheesecake Factory posted positive same-store sales, lending credence to securities analyst Mark ...

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