Higher Aluminum Prices Help Alcoa

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One of Alcoa’s biggest initiatives in recent years has been shuttering outdated, inefficient smelters and focusing on more lucrative downstream markets like aerospace and automotive.

Just as that strategy is bearing fruit with the introduction of the aluminum-intensive Ford F-150 pickup truck and long-term supply agreements with Boeing and Pratt & Whitney, strengthening aluminum prices are making Alcoa’s aluminum production business less of a poor stepchild and more of a diamond in the rough.

Aluminum spot prices reached $2,100 per metric ton recently, up from as low as $1,700 earlier in the year, according to Morningstar analyst Andrew Lane.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2014/09/20/Higher-aluminum-prices-help-Alcoa/stories/201409200040

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