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July 9, 2014
12:27 EDTAA, ACH, NOR, KALUAlcoa hits 52-week high after better than expected results
Shares of aluminum producer Alcoa (AA) are moving higher after the company reported better than expected second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Alcoa reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 18c and revenue of $5.8B, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 12c and $5.66B, respectively. The company reiterated its 2014 outlook for aluminum demand growth of 7%, and global aerospace growth of 8%-9%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, Alcoa said it expects Q3 EPS to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." After tax operating income, or ATOI, is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. The company raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to a range of 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9% in the first quarter. The higher estimate is based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Stifel raised its price target on Alcoa to $17 from $15 per share after the company reported higher than expected EPS. The firm expects the company's 2015 results to be boosted by higher prices. It kept a Buy rating on the shares. Another firm, JP Morgan, also raised its price target on Alcoa to $18.50 from $15.00, citing improving results in primary metals following the company's Q2 results. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Alcoa rose 74c, or about 5%, to $15.59, a fresh 52-week high. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 97% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the aluminum space include Aluminum Corp. of China (ACH), Noranda Aluminum (NOR), and Kaiser Aluminum (KALU).
News For AA;ACH;NOR;KALU From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
16:56 EDTKALUKaiser Aluminum to resume trading at 5:00 pm ET
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16:33 EDTKALUKaiser Aluminum reports Q3 adjusted EPS 79c, consensus $1.02
Reports Q3 revenue $339M, consensus $341.34M. Jack A. Hockema, president, CEO and chairman said, "Q3 reflected two unanticipated challenges at our Spokane, Washington facility that caused our results to fall short of our expectation for shipments and adjusted EBITDA. In an effort to further enhance quality attributes and customer performance of our KaiserSelect plate products, we made process refinements that temporarily resulted in higher internal scrap, remakes, and lost opportunity for additional spot business during the quarter. In addition, we experienced unplanned downtime in our aerospace sheet processing operations that, although not as significant, further impacted shipments during the quarter. These two issues had a direct impact on adjusted EBITDA of approximately $5M in Q3."
09:33 EDTACHAluminum Corp. of China initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
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October 17, 2014
09:01 EDTKALUKaiser Aluminum management to meet with Sterne Agee
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October 15, 2014
09:02 EDTAAAlcoa to sell stake in Jamalco to Noble
Alcoa and Noble Group announced the signing of a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals selling 100% of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture to Noble for $140M. AWAC will continue as the managing operator for three years under a compensated service agreement and employees will remain employed by Jamalco. The Jamalco joint venture is 55% owned by Alcoa Minerals of Jamaica and 45% owned by Clarendon Alumina Production. AMJ is part of the AWAC joint venture, owned 60% by Alcoa and 40 percent by Alumina. CAP is a company wholly owned by the Government of Jamaica. The sale is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the end of Q4. As a result of the transaction, Alcoa will record a non-cash loss of approximately $80M-$100M, or between 7c-9c per share, after-tax and non-controlling interest in Q4. This sale is in line with Alcoa’s strategy to create a globally competitive commodity business.
09:01 EDTAAAlcoa to sell stake in Jamalco to Noble
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October 14, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; October 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 40c to 39.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD C JNJ AA NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
October 13, 2014
09:39 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTAAMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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11:51 EDTAAUpdate: Alcoa upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Tigress Financial
Tigress Financial upgraded Alcoa to Strong Buy from Buy and added it to the Focus List. The analyst believes Alcoa's transition to a higher value-added business will drive increasing profits and shareholder returns. Tigress would be aggressive buyers of shares.
October 9, 2014
09:38 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTAAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:45 EDTAAAlcoa shares should be bought, says Sterne Agee
After Alcoa reported stronger than expected results, Sterne Agee believes that the results were strong, as the leverage it is achieving from right sizing its cost structure is exceeding expectations. The firm thinks the company is executing well and keeps an $18 price target on the name.
08:17 EDTAAAlcoa results highlight success of transformation strategy, says Bernstein
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07:35 EDTAAAlcoa restructuring continues as productivity improves, says UBS
UBS said special items tied to restructuring masked strong performance across the board for Alcoa. The firm sees an ongoing transformation with global demand continuing to grow and believes the company is well positioned to increase its revenues in various markets. UBS reiterates its Neutral rating but raises its price target on Alcoa to $17.75 from $16.50.
07:35 EDTAAFutures mixed following yesterday’s big advance
U.S. equity futures are trading near fair value after the market had its best single session of the year yesterday. The market reversed its losing ways following the release of the FOMC minutes which suggested the Fed may use incoming data, rather than a set timetable, as a basis for determining when to raise rates. Last night, earnings season kicked off , as Alcoa's (AA) results beat Wall Street estimates, providing hope for a positive earnings season.

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