Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan’s Aluminum Game Unravels

Since the financial crisis of 2008, Wall Street has undeniably morphed into something that is perhaps unrecognizable to everyday investors and traders. With government regulators attempting to keep a closer eye on the actions of market makers, big banks, and the Street’s heaviest hitters, these institutions have found that some of their most profitable strategies have started to unravel [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Alcoa Set To Kick Off Q2 Earnings Season (AA)

As it is with every quarter, one of the biggest names in the commodities world is set to kick off the Q2 2013 earnings season early next week. Aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) is slated to announce its latest earnings report this Monday, July 8, after the closing bell. As Alcoa is not only one of the largest mining firms in the U.S., but also the one of the first major firms to report its earnings each quarter, the company often sets the tone for industry expectations [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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How The LME Is Impacting Beer Prices

When you sit down for a cold beer, you probably don’t think of all of the factors that culminated to create the product. What’s more, you probably never consider the fact that the London Metal Exchange (LME) could have such a marked impact on the frosty beverage. But traders utilizing the LME to purchase aluminum for beer cans have recently reiterated issues that the exchange is causing, putting beer prices in a pinch [for more aluminum news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 Must-Watch Commodity Earnings This Week

With Alcoa (AA) kicking off earnings season last week, investors will spend the next few weeks combing through quarterly statements from their favorite commodity firms. Though Alcoa beat EPS estimates and saw a healthy net income, revenue fell short, leaving a somewhat mixed feeling for the stock. What is perhaps more important than the reports themselves is the particular outlook that each company provides; 2013 has been anything but kind to commodities and investors will pay extra attention to forecasts for the near future [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Earnings Sneek Peak: Alcoa (AA)

One of the biggest names in aluminum production and exploration, Pittsburgh based Alcoa (AA) is one of the best known firms in the commodity world. The company operates in over thirty countries and is only rivaled in size by international firms Rio Tinto (RIO) and Rusal. Falling prey to a struggling industrial sector, Alcoa and many other mining corporations have been feeling the pressure since the recession began in late 2008. With their first quarter earnings report coming up on Monday, all eyes will be fixated on the materials giant [for more metals news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. 

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Dow Commodity Highs: 2007 vs. 2013

With the Dow hitting all-time highs again, it’s worth looking back at the Dow Jones in 2007 and examining what has changed. In the intervening time, it has been a wild ride for commodities. Commodity prices soared in 2008 and 2009 as China rapidly industrialized, with oil moving from about $50 per barrel to over $145 per barrel and copper jumping from about $2.70 per pound to over $4.20 per pound [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Alcoa Beats, Provides Shaky 2012 Forecast

Its official, earnings season has begun and Alcoa (AA) has kicked things off with their report after the bell yesterday. AA was able to top estimates by showing a net loss of $143 million. “Excluding legal and environmental remediation costs, it had per- share profit of 3 cents” writes Sonja Elmquist of Bloomberg. Analysts had been expecting the company to break even or to show EPS of 0.01 depending on which sources you conglomerate [for more aluminum news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. 

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Earnings Sneak Peek: Alcoa (AA)

Alcoa Inc is one of the biggest names in the commodity world as it is the world’s third largest producer of aluminum. The company has also gained a fair amount of attention being that it is often synonymous with the start of earnings season. Each quarter Alcoa is one of the first major companies to report their earnings, and today marks the results from Q3 2012 [for more aluminum news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector

Trading commodities has been popular for many years, as investors can use a number of different resources to gain access to their favorite commodity investments. But it was only a more recent development that commodities earned their keep in a long-term portfolio. Now, a small, but important, allocation to commodities is a necessity of any well diversified portfolio, as these investments offer a number of advantages such as hedging against inflation and maintaining low correlation levels to traditional asset classes [see also Commodity Investing: Physical vs. Futures].

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