Alcoa kicked off earnings season by hitting its earnings target Tuesday as cost cuts helped offset a drop in aluminum prices.
The company also said it expects global aluminum demand to rise to 7 percent for 2013, up from 6 percent in 2012.
"What we're seeing in the world market and our end markets is China is clearly coming back," said the company's CEO, Klaus Kleinfeld, on CNBC. "I would not be surprised if we saw GDP growth above 8 percent. Europe is muddling through, better than most people would have expected ... So the eyes are basically on the U.S."
Investors cheered the report, sending shares of the the largest U.S. aluminum producer up after-hours. (Click here to get the latest quote.)