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January 6, 2012
11:07 EDTAAEarnings Preview: Alcoa shares fall ahead of Q4 earnings report
Alcoa’s (AA) earnings report will unofficially kick off the Q4 earnings season on Monday, January 9 after the market close, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Analysts are looking for EPS of 1c on revenue of $5.78B. The consensus range is (7c)-17c for EPS, and $5.46B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Alcoa posted mixed results in Q3, missing EPS but beating revenue estimates. On its Q3 earnings conference call, management said market fundamentals were holding up “relatively good” and they were “cautiously optimistic” on the aluminum market short term. They cited productivity improvements, but mentioned those were being offset by slow market conditions. On a negative note, both Jefferies and UBS lowered their Q4 EPS estimates in December, citing reduced aluminum prices and rising costs. The stock has traded slightly lower since Q3 results were released, falling approximately 9% from $10 to a recent $9.11. Mixed Q3 earnings, higher commodity costs, and uncertainty in Europe have contributed to the decline. It’s worth noting that twice in December, the shares bounced off their 12-month low of $8.45, and are down nearly 50% from their 52-week high of $18.47. As such, a wealth of bad news has been priced into the stock.
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December 18, 2014
17:12 EDTAAAlcoa files to sell 36.52M shares of common stock for holders
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06:04 EDTAAAlcoa implied volatility of 48 at upper end of index mean range
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December 17, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
08:04 EDTAAAlcoa Q4 EPS should beat expectations, says Stifel
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06:02 EDTAAAlcoa implied volatility of 46 at upper end of index mean range
December 15, 2014
09:38 EDTAAActive equity options trading
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05:47 EDTAAAlcoa to acquire TITAL, terms not disclosed
Alcoa announced plans to further expand its global aerospace business through a definitive agreement to acquire privately held TITAL. The acquisition will strengthen Alcoa’s global position to capture increasing demand for advanced jet engine components made of titanium. This transaction will further position Alcoa to capitalize on strong growth in the commercial aerospace sector. Alcoa projects a compounded annual commercial jet growth rate of 7% through 2019 and sees a current 9-year production order book at 2013 delivery rates. Almost 70% of TITAL’s revenues are expected to come from commercial aerospace sales in 2019. In 2013, the company generated revenues of approximately $96M, more than half of which came from titanium products. The acquisition will establish titanium casting capabilities in Europe for Alcoa, while expanding its aluminum casting capacity. TITAL employs more than 650 people, primarily in Bestwig, Germany. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
December 11, 2014
14:02 EDTAAAlcoa plans $16.7M expansion to double high-tech coating capacity
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December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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December 5, 2014
06:38 EDTAAAlcoa Micromill unveils automotive alloy that is 40% more formable, 30% stronger
Alcoa unveiled breakthrough manufacturing technology, the Alcoa Micromill, that will manufacture the most advanced aluminum sheet on the market. Micromill produces automotive alloy that is 40% more formable and 30% stronger than incumbent aluminum, while meeting stringent automotive surface quality requirements. Alcoa Micromill reduces the time to transform molten metal into aluminum coil from 20 days to 20 minutes. Alcoa has secured a strategic development customer, and from its pilot Micromill facility in San Antonio, TX, has also conducted successful customer trials. Those trials have validated the Micromill material’s unique characteristics, surface quality for exterior panels and overall performance. Alcoa is qualifying the material for use in next-generation automotive platforms.

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