Alcoa Earnings Fall Short of Estimates – Shorts Favored On Weak Results And Company Break Up

Shares of Alcoa Inc. dropped more than 10% on Tuesday after the metals manufacturer disappointed markets by reporting a worse-than-anticipated quarterly earnings result.

Kicking off the third-quarter earnings season, Alcoa reported net profit of $166 million, or 33 cents per share. Profits were up from $44 million, or 6 cents per share in the same period one year ago, but missed expectations calling for earnings per share of 35 cents.

Alcoa’s revenue fell to $5.21 billion from $5.57 billion in the same quarter a year ago, as a result of lower production in its traditional smelting operation. The advance in profits at the New York-based company resulted from cost-cutting measures and lower income tax provisions.

This is Alcoa’s last quarterly report before it splits into two separate entities – one focussing on the traditional smelting business, and the other on higher-end aluminum and titanium alloys.

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