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Alcoa CEO: Aluminum Market Will Double Until 2020

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 6:33 PM ET
Alcoa CEO & the Economy
Mad Money's Jim Cramer says Alcoa's earnings were disappointing, but the company is very well-run and moving in the right direction. Taking a closer look at the aluminum producer and the global economy, with Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa CEO.

Aluminum producer Alcoa may have fallen short of analysts’ expectations when it reported its third-quarter earnings, but CEO Klaus Kleinfeld is positive about the company and where it’s going.

“Aluminum fundamentals are great,” Kleinfeld told Cramer. “We had 13 percent growth of demand last year. We project 12 percent growth of demand this year ... We believe the market is going to double until 2020.”

The company has also guided up in China, increasing its demand forecast from 15 percent to 17 percent.

The stock was hammered after Alcoa reported a 7 cent earnings miss off a 22 cent basis last week. It regained its footing over the next few days, but pulled back again Wednesday. It is down 37 percent-year-to-date.

“This was a very difficult quarter. A lot of things happened. We saw the European economy basically falling down due to the European debt crisis. We also saw the metal price coming down pretty substantially,” Kleinfeld told Cramer Wednesday. “But let’s get one thing straight—out of the last nine quarters, eight of those not only did we meet expectations, we also beat expectations quite often.”

He thinks what we’re seeing in the stock price right now is broad-based confidence destruction.

”I am more concerned about the lack of confidence than the market fundamentals,” Kleinfeld said, “and that’s what’s happening here.”

So with the stock down so low, is it time to dive in?

Cramer certainly thinks so. He calls it the “best value” on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

“Right now, I think that the risk is very minimal and the reward is very big,” the “Mad Money” host said.

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When this story was published, Cramer's charitable trust owned Alcoa.

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