Century Aluminum Company

  • Why You Should Not Bet On This Stock’s Q2 Earnings

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ACH, CENX

    This season’s earnings results have impressed so far, with a majority of the companies meeting or beating analyst expectations. For some, it has been a major surprise to the investment community, while for others things came as expected. One of the main surprises came from Alcoa (NYSE: AA), the company that kicked of the second quarter earnings season after beating analyst expectation.

    Many expected Alcoa to miss expectations in more »

  • This Aluminum Producer Has Reached Its Bottom

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ACH, CENX

    When the earnings season begins, all eyes will be on Alcoa (NYSE: AA). The company marks the unofficial start of the reporting season. This time, Alcoa is more than just the first company to report. Despite the drop in the aluminum prices, the company has gotten it right and is interesting for your portfolio. Here’s why.

    Solid report

    The company has announced its second quarter earnings of $0.07 more »

  • What to Expect From Industry Peers After Alcoa's Earnings Beat

    By Zain Abbas - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: AA, CENX, NOR

    Aluminum companies have been plagued by the problem of overcapacity as supplies haven’t been matched by demand levels, leading to surplus stocks that have led to sharp declines in aluminum prices. Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced its earnings on July 8, after the market closed.

    The shares popped up 2% in the after-market hours as the company reaffirmed 7% growth in aluminum demand for the year. However, investors seem to more »

  • This Materials Giant Continues Its Long Climb Back

    By Bob Ciura - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ACH, CENX

    Aluminum is a basic material that is a necessary input in our society. Since aluminum goes into everything from homes to soda cans, the underlying stocks are tied to the health of the global economy -- for better or for worse. During the depths of the financial crisis, demand for those types of products dried up, and the financial fortunes of companies like Alcoa (NYSE: AA) followed suit.

    Investors have eagerly more »

  • Is This Aluminum Maker Behind the Eight Ball?

    By Fani Kelesidou - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ACH, CENX

    Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is definitely a big-time player in the aluminum business. But with global aluminum production going through the roof and aluminum prices touching rock-bottom levels, is there any room left for this 125-year-old top dog to shine?

    Alcoa's five-year stock chart is the definition of a falling knife portraying the industry's woes, as well as the uphill battles yet to be fought:

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    Should more »

  • Caution Is Needed When Considering These Aluminum Stocks

    By Tedra DeSue - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: AA, CENX, KALU

    It’s no secret that aluminum stocks have been under pressure. The financial woes aluminum manufactures are experiencing stem from a global decline in aluminum prices.

    Prices are on the decline largely due to China pretty much flooding the market with the metal, despite there being a considerable supply glut globally.

    Dow component leader Alcoa (NYSE: AA) has been affected particularly hard. A spotlight was shined on its finances last more »

  • Going Long on the Dow's Most Shorted Stock

    By Ryan Palmer - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: AA, AWC, CENX

    The Aluminum Company of America, or Alcoa (NYSE: AA), has not been receiving much love from investors lately. This is understandable, as the shares have fallen over 16% in the last 12 months. Alcoa shares are trading at the same levels now as in April 2009. Recent underperformance has made betting against the firm popular on Wall Street--more than 8% of outstanding float is being shorted, by more »

  • One Aluminum Stock to Buy, Two to Hold

    By Zain Abbas - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: AA, CENX, NOR

    The aluminum industry has long been plagued by an overcapacity issue, with major players in the industry failing to attract enough demand to meet the supply they create. As a result, aluminum prices have not moved in a favorable (upwards) direction for the industry.

    A surprise call

    The overcapacity of the industry is why the market was surprised when Alcoa (NYSE: AA), the first company in the industry to report more »

  • When Growth Destroys Value

    By Ted Cooper - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ATI, CENX

    If you ask investors, most would say that growth is a good thing; growth adds value. Chief Executive Officers and board members largely believe that all growth is good as well.

    Unfortunately for shareholders, such a narrow view on the value-creating ability of growth can destroy shareholder value, especially when the growth comes from a business that has no competitive advantage. Without a competitive advantage, it is nearly impossible to more »

  • Should You Bet On These Turnaround Stories?

    By Jacob Wolinsky - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: AXL, CENX, NAV

    Editor's Note: American Axle does not have a debt free balance sheet, this version has been corrected to reflect this fact. Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    Shares of companies showing remarkable turnaround or even hints of it are often the subject of brisk advances. Navistar (NYSE: NAV), Century Aluminum (NASDAQ: CENX), and American Axle (NYSE: AXL) are players expected to show just that, and the market seems to more »

  • A Great Way to Play Industrial Recovery

    By Piyush Arora - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: AA, CENX, RIO

    Since the market crash of 2008 and 2009, shares of Alcoa (NYSE: AA) have plummeted more than 80%, while aluminum prices in the U.S have dropped by nearly 45%. Alcoa's shares have under-performed almost all the major U.S. indices, which leaves little interest for growth investors.

    But with the recovering infrastructure and automobile sectors in the U.S, China and India, aluminum is again gaining traction. Since more »

  • A Great Way To Play Industrial Recovery

    By Piyush Arora - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: AA, CENX, RIO

    Since the crash of 08-09, shares of Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA)have plummeted by over 80% while aluminum prices in the U.S have plunged by nearly 45%. Its shares have underperformed almost all the major indices in the U.S, which leaves little interest for growth investors. But with the recovering infrastructure and automobile sectors in the U.S, China and India, aluminum is again gaining traction. Since Alcoa more »

  • Aluminum Stocks: Are We in for Something Special?

    By Masam Abbas - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: AA, CENX, NOR

    Metals and mining is an important sector to watch during earnings season. In fact, the earnings season often kicks off with Alcoa (NYSE: AA), the aluminum player, which was once considered to be the bellwether for the US stock market. That changed in 2011, when S&P 500 index posted a gain of 3% but Alcoa’s stock fell by more than 40%.

    Alcoa has been surprising its investors in more »

  • Aluminum: Steel Industry Deja Vu?

    By Masam Abbas - February 20, 2013 | Tickers: AWC, CENX, NOR

    The aluminum industry has been going through a “prisoner’s dilemma” just like the US steel industry. Industry output has exceeded demand and therefore margins have been squeezed due to massive price cuts. Not a single player is willing to take the first step of reducing its production capacity. This has led to unfavorable returns for aluminum investors:

    Noranda Aluminum (NYSE: NOR)

    Noranda’s sales volumes are expected to improve more »

  • Alcoa Deserves A Bet

    By Federico Zaldua - January 29, 2013 | Tickers: AA, CENX, NOR

    Aluminum, which is used in everything from cans to cars or planes, has a growing global demand that increases hand in hand with the growth experienced by emerging markets like China and Brazil. As a matter of fact, Alcoa (NYSE: AA), the American aluminum champion that just reported earnings, expects global demand to grow by 7% in 2013 from 2012´s 6% (which has been the average growth rate for more »

  • Is Growth Always Good?

    By Ted Cooper - January 24, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ATI, CENX

    Investors are in love with growth. If a company is not growing, most investors are not interested. As a result, most senior-level managers like growth too. If not for a higher stock price, then CEOs want to grow for the sake of controlling a larger amount of assets.

    However, growth may not always be a good thing. Growth can either add or destroy value depending on the returns it produces more »

  • Is This Company’s Stock Worth Purchasing Now?

    By Garima Arora - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ACH, CENX

    One of the world's top producers of alumina and aluminum, Alcoa (NYSE: AA) recently declared its earnings and gave a positive outlook for 2013. It reported better than expected results, which were welcomed by the market.  The company reported revenues of $5.9 billion, up by 1% from the previous quarter, but 2% down in comparison to the prior year.

    Measurable aspects

    Alcoa generated cash flows from operations of more »

  • Is It The Time to Buy Alcoa?

    By Anindya Batabyal - January 15, 2013 | Tickers: AA, ACH, CENX, KALU

    Alcoa (NYSE: AA), the largest U.S. aluminum producer, reported a Q4 profit of $242 million, or 21 cents a share, reversing the loss of $193 million a year ago. Excluding one-time items, the company earned $64 million, or 6 cents a share, reversing a year-ago loss of 3 cents a share. Revenue for the quarter fell 2% to $5.90 billion from $5.99 billion as aluminum prices remained more »

  • What Does the Future Hold for Alcoa?

    By Fani Kelesidou - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: AA, ACH, CENX | Editor's Choice

    With a market capitalization of $9 billion, Alcoa (NYSE: AA) remains at the forefront of the aluminum industry. Alcoa is the world's largest aluminum provider, as well as, a leading refiner of alumina and miner of bauxite.

    Yet, over the past five years, the firm has lost about 70% of its value. Alcoa's five-year stock chart shows a sharp downward momentum. The stock reached the peak of $39 more »

  • This Old Economy Stock Is Set to Run

    By Ted Cooper - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: AA, ATI, CENX

    With nearly $24 billion in revenues, Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is one of the most important players in the aluminum industry. It is the largest producer of alumina, a synthetic compound used for smelting aluminum. The company also makes aluminum products like soda cans and steel beams for construction. In addition, Alcoa has developed substantial economies of scale in alumina production and aluminum smelting. But investors have become skeptical of Alcoa more »

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