Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Phil Flynn: A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned

A penny saved is a penny earned but enough about copper let's talk aluminum. Alcoa set a good tone for the energy markets as they kicked off the earnings season with some better than expected numbers. Yesterday oil prices fell back as the market awaited earnings from Alcoa yet it seems that they were worried about nothing. The Wall Street Journal said, “Alcoa swung to a profit in the second quarter on improved demand and prices after the aluminum producer struggled with anemic prices for the metal a year earlier. Although the price of aluminum has fallen about 12% in 2010, Alcoa offset that drop with a jump in volume, driving a 6% sequential increase to higher than expected revenue.

It also said that better productivity, foreign exchange benefits and lower energy costs contributed to the revenue climb. The top and bottom line growth was driven by higher volumes from stronger end markets and ccontinued gains from our productivity programs," according to Chairman and Chief Executive Klaus Kleinfeld.” The good earnings results set a nice tone and oil responded as it will to the slew of other numbers ahead of us. The market may also focus on the latest report from the International Energy Agency. The IEA, in their latest report, says they expect world oil demand in 2011 to grow by 1.3 million barrels per day. At the same time they expect the demand from China to slow.....Read the entire article.

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