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1 Metal Most Companies Can't Live Without

By Taylor Muckerman and Joel South - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:00PM

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Aluminum producer Alcoa kicked off earnings season as it usually does. What did the company have to say to start 2013?

Results from the first quarter of 2013 are about to be unleashed on the market following the first major release of the season. Early this morning Alcoa (AA) displayed 15% growth over the same quarter in 2012 thanks in large part to the aerospace and automotive industries. After taking significant measures in 2012 to cut its cost structure, there are high hopes that margins will expand throughout the year.

With companies like Ford (F -2.02%) posting the highest March sales figures in six years, demand for aluminum could continue to creep higher. Along with this rise in demand, pricing pressures should recede a bit now that China has pulled back slightly on production, and considering that end users' inventories are starting to shrink. 

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