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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 23, 2014
16:16 EDTAAAlcoa to sell ownership stake in Mt. Holly Smelter to Century Aluminum
Alcoa (AA) announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its ownership stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to Century Aluminum Company (CENX) for $67.5M in cash, plus an additional potential earn-out. Mt. Holly is owned 50.3% by Alcoa and 49.7% by Century. The sale is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the end of Q4. Based on current estimates, the transaction will not result in a significant gain or loss to Alcoa.
16:09 EDTAACentury Aluminum to acquire full ownership of Mt. Holly Smelter for $67.5M
Century Aluminum Company (CENX) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alcoa's (AA) 50.3% stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter. Mt. Holly, located in Berkeley County, South Carolina, employs approximately 600 people and has an annual production capacity of 229,000 metric tons of primary aluminum. Following the closing of the transaction, Century will own 100% of Mt. Holly. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Century will acquire Alumax of South Carolina, a subsidiary of Alcoa and owner of Alcoa's 50.3% interest in Mt. Holly, for $67.5M in cash less certain amounts owed by Alumax to Mt. Holly and subject to working capital and other similar adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
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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